Local Groups

We are committed to capturing, retaining and growing our local voice, with the aim of informing and supporting our ongoing work across the country. Feminist Local Action Groups (FLAGs) and Friendship Groups reflect our strong tradition of grassroots membership engagement.

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Feminist Local Action Groups (FLAGs)

FLAGs operate around the country with the purpose of supporting national fundraising, advocacy and events. These groups support and promote local issues by capturing the local voice and communicating local needs and ideas into the work of YWCA Australia.

FLAGs harness the grassroots power of women, young women and girls to effect social change at a local and national level. As a FLAG member, you will have the opportunity to build advocacy, event management and networking skills, promote gender equality and young women’s leadership, and increase awareness of the issues affecting women, young women and girls in Australia. Get involved and become part of our movement of women leading change!

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Feminist Local Action Groups

All FLAG members must be YWCA Australia members, which comes with a range of other benefits. You can either join as a member first or sign up to register for your local FLAG.

  • Are member-led
  • Engage with local and national offices
  • Advocate, fundraise and promote membership
  • Contribute to national and local campaigns
  • May apply for funds to run events or deliver programs in local area
  • May apply for annual funding up to $1000 for campaigns of events

Friendship Groups

Friendship Groups have a long history within the YWCA movement in Australia.

They have operated around Australia for over a century, originally forming as young wives’ clubs, sporting or social action groups with members meeting weekly, fortnightly or monthly. These clubs have evolved over time and now serve a crucial social connection for members continuing to meet on a regular basis. They can involve social or sporting activities, with an optional fundraising and advocacy component.

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YWCA Friendship Groups

Friendship Groups operate autonomously, with support and engagement from YWCA Australia as required. You will communicate with each other to determine when, how and where you meet, and what events you organise. This way, you can tailor your activities to the needs and interests of your Friendship Group.

  • Are member-led
  • Engage with local and national offices
  • Meet regularly around social or sporting activities
  • Run local events with guest speakers
  • Undertake general fundraising activities
  • Located in a local community or region
  • May apply for annual funding of up to $100 for events

Guidelines

You will need to comply with certain guidelines as part of your participation in a FLAG or Friendship Group.

Please email your feedback to [email protected] if you have any further ideas for tools that will assist you to deliver your FLAG or Friendship Group

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As per our Volunteer Insurance Policy, you will be covered under YWCA Australia’s Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance when engaged in activities on behalf of YWCA Australia.

Upon request YWCA Australia will provide you with a letter outlining the cover of your insurance, as well as a copy of the Insurance Policy, so you can provide this where necessary.

There are some exemptions to this cover, so when organising events and activities it is important you refer to YWCA Australia’s Volunteer Policies and Procedures before you undertake such activities. If your Group is already covered under an existing insurance policy, please provide YWCA Australia with a copy.

National Campaigns

YWCA Australia may issue national event, fundraising and advocacy campaigns for FLAGs and Friendship Groups to consider for engagement at a local level. National initiatives will be rolled out with appropriate instruction kits, promotions and marketing materials, other relevant collateral and ticketing, donation and receipting requirements.

A key role of these groups is to promote YWCA Australia including local membership and fundraising to support the work of the YWCA. Both FLAGs and Friendship Groups can support national events or campaigns, and we encourage you fundraise for YWCA Australia to support our programs and advocacy work, and build our membership.

Local Campaigns

All events and advocacy campaigns must align to the YWCA purpose and strategic priorities. Where you are involved with an event or campaign you will liaise with YWCA Australia through your local office and the Communications Team, to ensure your event or campaign reflects YWCA Australia and our goals. You may require additional resources such as staff time, in-kind support or funds-management support for your events or campaigns. The Communications Team will work directly with your group to determine the best options for managing your requirements.

YWCA Australia and any Feminist Local Action Groups or Friendship Groups that use YWCA’s name in any way, must abide by State and Territory laws to ensure that funds raised are spent according to the purposes under which the funds were raised.

Any FLAG or Friendship Group that is fundraising using the name of YWCA Australia, must be raising funds for the work – the programs, services and advocacy areas – of YWCA Australia. A letter from YWCA Australia will need to be obtained from the Communications Team to confirm that your group is able to fundraise on behalf of YWCA Australia.

Fundraising initiatives will be issued with specific fundraising guidelines and tools to comply with any such requirements.  Some initiatives may require additional local support to ensure fundraising compliance is met. 

Collecting and handling money

All funds collected and managed over $500 will need to be reported to YWCA Australia using the Financial Reporting Form.

If your FLAG or Friendship Group is raising and managing funds for your own purposes (such as an event), you may wish to open up your own bank account. You will need to make sure you:

  • Meet as a group and make a motion to open a bank account
  • Nominate and list the signatories (e.g. the President and Treasurer) and sign the minutes from that meeting
  • Take 100 points of ID into the nominated bank and open the account
  • Name the bank account ‘YWCA + Group Type + Location’ (e.g. ‘YWCA Friendship Group Broken Hill’)

If your fundraising activity requires tax-deductible receipts, it will need to be approved by and reported to YWCA Australia (by using the Financial Reporting Form).

If you are fundraising to support a YWCA Australia-led campaign or program, we can help you set up a Raisely crowdfunding campaign. You can also make donations or deposit income directly into YWCA Australia’s account. Please contact us for these details.

Brand Guidelines

All FLAG and Friendship Groups are required to operate in accordance with the brand guidelines and align with YWCA Australia’s vision, values and purpose. In the event that any FLAG conducts itself in a manner that brings YWCA’s name into disrepute or is deemed to be not in the interests of YWCA Australia or aligned to our brand, purpose, vision and values of the organisation, we reserve the right to take one or more of the following actions:

  • Request removal of specific material, images, wording.
  • Request the FLAG or Friendship Group issue an apology.
  • Disassociate the FLAG thus removing the ability for the Group to use or associate itself with YWCA Australia.

Social Media Guidelines

YWCA Australia has a primary account for all social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc). FLAGs may wish to use social media to promote their local initiative. FLAGs will abide by YWCA Australia’s social media policy and processes. If you have ideas or proposed actions for YWCA Australia social media distribution, you can liaise with the communications team (by emailing [email protected]). Please note, all proposed content will be considered in relation to organisational context, ongoing social media priorities and national scheduling.

YWCA Australia encourages FLAGs and Friendship Groups to establish closed Facebook Groups to facilitate ongoing connection, communication and administration of FLAGs.

If you require further assistance to support online group administration and communication, please contact the Communications Team.

Globally, YWCA has provided Safe Spaces to women and girls in the heart of local communities for over 160 years and the concept has been used to improve the services and programs, reaching over 25 million women, young women and girls in over 100 countries around the world.

YWCA in Australia has been creating Safe Spaces for women, young women and girls since the 1870’s. Safe Spaces can be literal spaces of safety that offer shelter and care to those in need, but can also be environments and ways of working that are designed to facilitate trust, confidentiality, dignity and respect.

YWCA Australia is committed to embedding Safe Spaces philosophy and practice into all programs and services. We expect our Local Action Groups and Friendship Groups to support our endeavours in this and work to create and maintain Safe Spaces in their groups to ensure everyone feels safe and can actively participate and meaningfully contribute to the best of their ability.

Key Contacts

The Communications Team will be your first point of contact and support

Email:  [email protected] 
Phone: (02) 9285 6286