Providing safe and affordable homes
The YWCA has been in the business of providing Queenslanders with affordable, secure and appropriate housing solutions for more than 125 years.
We own or manage a large number of community housing properties for low-income households who are on the One Social Housing System wait-list maintained by the Queensland Department of Communities (Housing Services). Our individualised tenancy support assists people to maintain their tenancies and from that stable foundation develop their own plan to “find their possible".
Helping feed local communities
YWCA Queensland and Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest, launched their partnership in August 2016 and the Toowoomba chapter of REAP (Rescue Excess food with A Passion) was born. The program sees volunteers collect excess food from donors like local supermarkets and bakeries and deliver it to recipients that are in need of food relief. More than 14,000 Toowoomba residents will require food relief at some point during the year, and YWCA Queensland’s Food Rescue program helps to deliver food to these residents in need.
Be the change
In 2015, the Domestic and Family Violence Task-force report, Not Now, Not Ever, detailed domestic violence in Queensland in a way never seen before. The report challenges the reader with a blunt question, “what are you going to do about this?”
The Healthy Relationships program is a joint response to this question by YWCA Queensland and TAFE Queensland. The online program is structured to be highly engaging and provoke learners to think about their attitudes and be accountable for their own behaviour.
This program equips women and men, girls and boys to foster healthy relationships with their partners, family and the wider community. This program has been made available to TAFE Queensland students and we are now seeking to expand its availability to school groups, sporting clubs and corporate organisations.
Supporting women who have experienced breast cancer
YWCA Encore is an exercise program designed specifically for women who have experienced mastectomy, lumpectomy or breast reconstruction surgery at any time in their lives. Based around floor and pool exercises, it is safe, fun and therapeutic. Encore helps participants to strengthen and tone their arms, shoulders and chest, regain mobility, and improve general fitness. We know that after surgery, many women experience numbness, pins and needles, loss of mobility, and discomfort in their upper bodies. Encore can help relieve these problems through specifically tailored after breast cancer surgery exercises.