Shelter establishment

Existing services can’t meet the demand for accommodation for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) works with communities to provide short term (up to 3 months) emergency accommodation and support in a safe, comfortable and secure environment that enables homeless women to rebuild self- esteem and achieve control and fulfilment in their lives. Additional women’s shelters will play a key role in alleviating the compounding impacts of homelessness, where women’s immediate needs become complex needs and the homelessness cycle hard to escape from.

If you are interested in community partnership opportunities with Women’s Community Shelters, please email:
[email protected]

WCS continues to:

  • Identify areas where there is an unmet need for emergency / crisis accommodation
  • Proactively work with local community organisations / agencies / individuals in those areas to help set up community shelters
  • Provide ongoing governance, mentoring, fundraising and quality assurance support to assist in the ongoing operation of those shelters
  • Engage with government, non-government organisations / agencies, business and the philanthropic sector to promote awareness of, and collaborative action on, women’s homelessness.

Our shelters

Manly women’s shelter

Manly Women’s Shelter (MWS) provides a safe haven for women who are homeless due to physical, emotional or sexual abuse, family breakdown, financial strife, domestic violence, mental health issues, lack of affordable housing and other factors.

MWS is not simply a place to sleep. Along with emergency accommodation for up to three months, we provide support with finances, employment, education, health care, legal advice, and permanent accommodation.

More than 250 homeless women have benefited from MWS’s services since we first opened our doors in November 2010. We are the only shelter on the Northern Beaches for women who are unaccompanied by children.

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fundraising events at Manly

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Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter (HKWS) is a ten bed women’s crisis accommodation service that was established in December 2014 and has been full to capacity since opening in February 2015.

HKWS offers 3 months crisis accommodation to homeless women in need of housing and support services. The aim of the Shelter is to

  • Provide temporary supported accommodation for women in times of crisis such as homelessness and /or domestic violence.
  • Provide a safe non-threatening environment for women that will assist them through their emotional and physical crisis.
  • Inform and empower women to make active decisions about their lives and encourage them to seek alternatives and options using a participative management approach.
  • Raise awareness in government, other services and the community about homelessness and domestic violence and impact it has on women and their families.

fundraising events at hornsby

For an overview of upcoming fundraising events, please visit:

http://hornsbykuringgaiwomensshelter.com.au/events

 

The Sanctuary – The Hills Women’s Shelter

The Sanctuary, The Hills Women’s Shelter aims to provide temporary supported accommodation for women and their children in times of crisis.

Our aim it to provide a safe, non-threatening environment for women that will assist them through their emotional and physical crisis, as a result of homelessness and/or domestic violence.

The Sanctuary has a client centred approach to collaborative case management. We have a manager plus case workers and is staffed 24/7. We also have a child focused worker specialising in childhood trauma and it’s effects.

Our shelter is unique in that the property was provided by and renovated to a high standard by QIC (Queensland Investment Corporation), the owners of Castle Towers. There is strong community support for the work of the shelter, including the provision of climbing equipment by Castle Hill RSL Group.

Since opening our doors in April 2016, we have provided safety and support to over 35 women and 65 children.”

You can donate to the Sanctuary appeal here:

Great Lakes Women’s Shelter

The Forster Neighbourhood Centre recognised an urgent need for crisis accommodation within the Forster-Tuncurry area for some time and worked with Women’s Community Shelters to make the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter a reality.

The Great Lakes Women’s Shelter opened in January 2016 and has been full ever since, helping homeless women and their children in the Forster-Tuncurry region.

You can donate to the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter appeal here:

New initiatives

Eastern Suburbs

Women’s Community Shelters is working with representatives in the community to establish a crisis accommodation shelter in the South East of Sydney. We hope to open the shelter in 2017.

To donate to the South East Sydney shelter please click here and you will be redirected to the Givenow website.

A tax-deductible receipt will be emailed to you immediately. This payment can be made via credit card.

Penrith

Women’s Community Shelters is working with representatives in the community to establish a crisis accommodation shelter in Penrith. We hope to open the shelter in 2017.

To donate to the Penrith shelter please click here and you will be redirected to the Givenow website.

A tax-deductible receipt will be emailed to you immediately. This payment can be made via credit card.

North West Sydney (Blacktown)

Women’s Community Shelters is working with local government in the area to establish a new crisis accommodation shelter.

More details coming soon!