We’re so excited to share the achievements of the past twelve months through the publication of the 2019 YWCA Australia Annual Report!
It has been one full year since the historic amalgamation of eight member associations into one national YWCA with two member affiliates – and what a year it has been!
In this annual report, you will find some wonderful success stories from some of our programs in this year including the Domestic Family Violence Centre in Darwin, the Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Program in Adelaide, and our housing and homelessness services in Melbourne.
We share some highlights from the report below.
- The ASISTA mentoring program celebrated 21 years
- We delivered 31,296 client hours through our Y Ability disability service (which is holding an art exhibition on the upcoming International Day of People with Disability – find out more)
- We delivered 17,335 ‘occasions of support’ through our domestic violence programs in Southern New South Wales and Darwin
- We housed over 600 tenants for a combined 150,000 nights of accommodation
- We hosted over 94,000 guests at Song Hotel and served more than 50,000 cups of coffee at Song Kitchen!
Safety and wellbeing
Violence against women is a serious and widespread problem in Australia, with enormous individual and community impacts and social costs. We offer a range of best practice primary prevention programs across Australia which enable women to improve their safety, wellbeing and economic resilience. We also run secondary and tertiary prevention of violence programs that provide immediate responses for women who have experienced violence and help to ‘break the cycle’ for women at risk of experiencing violence.
These programs help women like Pearl, who was referred to our Domestic Family Violence Centre in Darwin. We helped Pearl and her children escape a violent marriage with housing, case management support, and a move to a new private rental home.
‘I am very grateful, YWCA helped me get out of an abusive household and into a safe space and then long-term accommodation.’
A safe, stable and affordable home is an essential basis for women to rebuild their lives and engage with educational, social and workforce opportunities after experiencing homelessness. We provide client-focused, flexible, trauma-informed case management to clients who experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Through YWCA National Housing, we provide nearly 150,000 nights of affordable accommodation across Australia.
Our housing helps women like Fiona, who was housed in one of our rooming houses in Melbourne after a period of crisis in her life.
‘Definitely get connected with YWCA and try to get housed. It’s safe, secure housing with all the comforts and essentials that you need to get back on your feet.’
We encourage women, especially young women, to be part of our movement to create positive change, transform power structures and advance gender equality. We are committed to raising the voices of young women and girls and supporting them in their leadership journey through life – whether that is leadership in their home life, in their education, in their workplace, or in their community.
This includes programs like our Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Program, works alongside communities to provide leadership development programs focusing on leadership, women, family, wellbeing, career and culture. Young women like Kaylena have gone from strength to strength through participating in the program.
‘From where I once was, to where I am now six years later…it wouldn’t have happened without the Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Program’