The development of Lady Heydon House is the initial phase of YWCA Canberra’s Affordable Housing Program, and provides safe, affordable housing for five single older women. Each woman has her own bedroom, sitting room, ensuite and kitchenette, and shares a larger kitchen, dining room and two living spaces.
Lady Heydon House is named after Naomi Heydon, past President and significant contributor to YWCA Canberra in the 1960s and ‘70s. Originally named Heydon Cottage, this site was set up to develop a sense of community in what was one of Canberra’s new suburbs at the time.
‘Lady Heydon House signifies your response to the plight of women who are at serious risk due to intermittent work patterns, low levels of superannuation and lower incomes, fragile, or ono-existent financial stability… Lady Heydon House will mean a haven, a roof, dignity, security, privacy, a space, time to reflect, to gain strength and purpose, to plan a future. Most of us couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be without those things… What they need is this – what we see here.’
Dame Quentin Bryce AC CVO, former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia