- Community organisation, Not for profit organisation and Women's organisation
- Alternative Names
- YWCA of Canberra
The YWCA was invited to Canberra by the Federal government in the mid 1920s and established itself there in 1929. While a separate organisation, from its establishment the YWCA of Canberra received significant support from the national and global Young Women's Christian Association movement.
The organisation has grown with the local community, providing at first services focused on meeting the physical and spiritual needs of young women coming to work in the new city through the provision of hostel accommodation and recreational activities, such as singing, physical activities, skills development and leadership work. From these early activities, it developed into a community service for women and their families, responding to local and changing needs. The present organisation aims to contribute 'practical feminism', serving local communities, advocating for social change and assisting women to achieve their potential.