Betty Searle House was officially opened on 30 March 2004 and provides safe, affordable housing for up to eight women aged over 55 years who have experienced family breakdown and who are unable to live independently.
Betty Searle is an eight bedroom property with three separate, spacious living areas. Each woman has her own bedroom and ensuite. Women share the two adjoining kitchen areas, laundry, living areas and a sunroom leading out to the gardens. Women are able to have their own vegetable garden plot if they wish. There is a private courtyard and back deck area where women can also enjoy the outdoors. Women are welcome to invite guests to stay overnight in the ninth bedroom which has been set up as a guest room with access to a bathroom and toilet. Women have access to lockable storage rooms and sheds on-site.
YWCA Canberra took over management over Betty Searle House on 1 July 2014.
The facility bears the name of Betty Searle, who was an avid campaigner for women’s rights and social justice in the ACT.
‘Betty Searle dedicated her life to improving the lives of others and up until her passing in July 2003, worked to improve the status and welfare of older women by encouraging them to participate in community affairs and the pursuit of social justice. Betty was a truly remarkable woman and her memory continues to inspire us today through the wonderful work of Betty’s Place.’
Katy Gallagher, Chief Minister of the ACT