The first YWCA was established by a small group of London women in 1855, in response to the needs of young women of the Industrial Age for safe housing, skills development, guidance on life choices and the fellowship of other women. Interestingly, much of our work today responds to the very same needs.
In Queensland, YWCA Queensland began in 1888 in Rockhampton and we have been actively serving the needs of the Queensland community ever since.
The modern YWCA is nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and now sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values. We are here for women and men of all faiths, backgrounds and ages.
In 2011, three YWCAs amalgamated to form YWCA Queensland. These were YWCA Queenslands of Brisbane, Townsville, and Downs and SW Queensland (based in Toowoomba), each of which had been active in the Queensland community for generations.