Each WCS shelter is its own incorporated entity with a skilled volunteer Board. The Shelter Board is supported by the WCS Hub to establish and operate each new shelter in partnership with their local community.
Each individual shelter employs a paid Shelter Manager, a number of Case Workers, an Outreach and Child Support Worker (where funds allow) and are further supported by a network of hard-working volunteers.
In addition to our volunteer boards, shelters have up to 80 active volunteers who support the work of the shelter through fundraising activities, event coordination, giving, organising and supporting activities for women and children.
No single shelter in the WCS network is the same as another. Five of our seven shelters accommodate women and their children.
Our newest shelter, Parramatta Women’s Shelter (PWS), which opened in December 2019, is able to accommodate larger families, which many other shelters across NSW are unable to do.
Two of our shelters assist women without dependent children. Women and families stay at our shelters for different lengths of time and therefore trends in shelter occupancies and bed nights vary as detailed here.
Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter (NBWS) 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.
The Sanctuary is a 6 bedroom shelter, which provides short-term crisis accommodation to women and children who are homeless or leaving domestic violence. They are provided with around the clock safe & non-threatening, care and assistance to start a new life.
Through community support, Parramatta Women’s Shelter provides shelter, transitional housing and support services for women and their families who have become homeless, including those experiencing domestic violence.
HKWS aims to provide temporary supported accommodation for women in times crisis such as homelessness and /or domestic violence. We provide a safe, non-threatening environment for women that will assist them through their emotional and physical crisis.
Bayside provides a safe refuge for women and children. A space for them to emotionally and psychologically ‘catch their breath’, and plan a way forward. We connect women to support services who will walk alongside them on their journey of recovery, rebuilding, and healing.
Once complete, Blue Wren House will provide safe, supported accommodation (for up to 3 months) for 5 Women and children. Ensuring a fully functional ready to move in Shelter is a complex task. We have a passionate Board who are more than up for the challenge.
Great Lakes Womens Shelter is an homeless shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness and or domestic or family violence. Providing supported accommodation to 5 families for up to 3 months, in Forster and Tuncurry.
The Haven is a community funded shelter providing crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence in the Nepean region. We provide tailored support and wrap around services to best enable them to live a life free of violence.
REVESBY - OPENING 2021
We are working closely with the Revesby community to create our newest shelter Biyani House for women and children. The Revesby Worker’s Club are partnering with WCS to ensure this shelter opens in the last quarter of 2021.
Women’s Community Shelters Ltd acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we serve on, the Darug people: this always was, and always will be Aboriginal land. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
In acknowledging Country, we commit ourselves to justice, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiencing family violence.