Our community services work to create opportunities for women facing disadvantage and are delivered through three program priority areas – housing, mentoring and community strengthening.
Exceptional programs are developed around a commitment to addressing shelter, safety, security and empowerment for women and are delivered to advance equity, opportunity and choice, full and active participation, access, no discrimination and empowerment for Victorian women.
View our 2010/2011 Annual Report, and our 2010/2011 Annual Financial Report.
Through our subsidiary company Social Housing Victoria, we are one of the largest medium to long term housing providers for women in Victoria. We provide over 100,000 nights of shelter to disadvantaged Victorians through our owned and operated properties in Richmond and Geelong, and through a number of properties in partnership with the Department of Human Services - Office of Housing. View our Social Housing Victoria 2010/2011 Annual Report.
YWCA Victoria delivers community strengthening and mentoring programs within school and community settings with a focus on empowerment, pre-employment training, creative expression and positive peer relationships. We operate across Victoria, in Melbourne, Geelong and Bendigo. YWCA Victoria is a membership organisation and is committed to providing opportunities through its student leadership program and volunteering activities.
Membership and volunteering is central to YWCA Victoria, as demonstrated by our all female volunteer Board of Directors. We are a community that encourages leadership and self reliance, while building self-esteem, mutual respect, compassion and understanding - 'women helping women' build stronger communities. YWCA Victoria listens to its members, develops social policy and speaks out publicly on issues that affect women. We are proud to be a powerful voice for women’s equality.
YWCA Victoria is part of the World YWCA, which is a global network of women leading change in 125 countries worldwide, reaching more than 25 million women and girls each year. We are affiliated with the World YWCA through YWCA Australia, joining 14 other affiliated local associations and a number of local groups around the country.
The work of YWCA Victoria is supported by our Jasper Hotel, a vibrant boutique hotel located in the city’s CBD Market Precinct. The Jasper Hotel offers contemporary 4 star accommodation, dining, conference and meeting facilities, owned and operated by YWCA Victoria.