YWCA Canberra: 90 years strong

17 October 2019

Thanks to everyone who joined us last night to celebrate 90 years of YWCA Canberra serving the Canberra community and changing lives for the better. We were privileged to celebrate this milestone with so many friends and colleagues from across the ACT.

And it wouldn’t be a YWCA Canberra event without us giving something back!

For our 90th anniversary, we are giving a series of gifts to the Canberra community and we launched two of them last night.

Bringing on Board is a guide to establishing a diverse board through a traineeship program. So many incredible young women have grown and developed through the YWCA Canberra Board Traineeship Program. We want to help other organisations implement such programs to support representation in Australian boardrooms, with a resultant broader spectrum of ideas, experiences and opinions.

We’re pleased to announce that our Great Ydeas Small Grants Program will be continuing for another ten years, and even better than before! Great Ydeas began as a gift on our 80th anniversary, with $80,000 funding over ten years. Given the incredible success of the program, the Board has agreed to continue the program, with an increase to $90,000 over 10 years as a 90th anniversary gift to the Canberra region.

Our third gift to the Canberra community will be Our lives: Women in the ACT. This report draws on existing research and our survey of more than 1000 women in the ACT. It the experience of a diverse range of women and their hopes, fears and wishes for the future. Our lives: Women in the ACT will be launched at a special event on 29 October 2019.

Finally, if you weren’t able to join us for the celebration, you can still get a reminder of the night by purchasing our 90th anniversary memorabilia! We have partnered with three creative Canberra women to create special, and limited editions of wearable and usable pieces inspired by YWCA Canberra and our 90th anniversary.

All profits raised from sale of our 90th anniversary merchandise goods will go towards our housing programs, helping women and their families to have appropriate, safe and affordable homes. Every dollar helps Canberra women in need to have a roof over their heads and the essentials to live.

Email caf.team@ywca-canberra.org.au to secure your memorabilia today!

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