Y Hand Up
Supporting women leaving violent homes
Y Hand Up provides practical measures to support women to rebuild their lives after escaping from domestic and family violence (DFV) or who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. With a focus on building safer communities and reducing pressure on high-cost crisis services, Y Hand Up creates a mechanism to connect women and children in need with safe housing, appropriate support services and practical support to re-establish a sustainable life. By ultimately interrupting the cycle of victims returning to the perpetrator due to a lack of practical and social supports, the project is working to reduce long-term reliance on government support.
Changing the lives of women with disability
YWCA Queensland specialises in services for women with disability. YWCA Queensland has developed a service delivery model that allows us to maintain the intimacy of a small service, while drawing on the robust management and support systems of a larger organisation.
We work hard to develop a culture of professionalism and a passion for excellence among all Y Ability support team members. All of this is reflected in our independent HDAA accreditation as a Disability Support Provider.
Tackling women’s barriers to economic participation
Evidence shows that increasing the share of household income controlled by women changes spending in ways that benefit children. When more women work, economies grow. YWCA Queensland is committed to providing skilling programs to break through the barriers for women wanting to work.
For example, thanks to the support of the Queensland Government, our current Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program has seen 48 women with significant barriers to employment each undertake a traineeship with YWCA Queensland.