YWCA Hunter is a women-led organisation that achieves positive change by providing advocacy, programs and services to support, empower and connect women and families for a stronger community. YWCA Hunter Region Inc. is part of the YWCA World and an affiliate of YWCA Australia.

We offer a range of Programs that endeavor to bring improved well being, inclusion and a sense of belonging.

KinderDance: For pre-school aged children we offer KinderDance. KinderDance is a fun, upbeat dance class. It is a structured pre-school program that provides children with a joy for movement, body awareness, improved coordination and gross motor skills.

Self Defence for Teen Girls: Classes have a holistic approach and include personal development skills and physical self defence skills. Participants develop awareness and personal empowerment. These classes have a lasting positive impact on participants.

Sit. Get Fit:   Chair Yoga. This class is suitable for everyone, including 50+, less agile as well as active yogis. Our participants notice benefits such as improved flexibility, improved circulation and less aches & pains.

YWCA’s Encore is a free 8 week program designed specifically for women who have experienced breast cancer surgery. Encore sessions currently run in February/March and October/November in Waratah, Salamander Bay and Valentine.

YWCA Hunter offers affordable Hall Hire with competitive hourly rates to hire our full-size indoor basketball court. Also on offer is budget accommodation for female international university students.

Visit our Programs and Services pages for more information.

As members of the YWCA Hunter Region Inc we are committed to our strategic values:


Respect is the foundation of all interactions and behaviours toward people, animals and property at the YWCA Hunter. It is demonstrated in the acknowledgment of the traditional owners of the land and our commitment to Indigenous recognition and reconciliation.


Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that are consistent throughout the organisation. It is an adherence to an ethical standard built on a strong moral code of behaviour.

It is in practice being honest, open and direct, of being transparent in our communications and behaviour.

This ensures that all members of our organisation treat staff and clients alike in a consistent ethical manner.


We envisage a world where women have the power to act on their own authority in a self-determined manner; to exercise their rights and to be full and equal members of society.

This begins at a very young age and it forms a practical approach to resource-oriented intervention to enabling and equipping.


We aim to contribute to the building of a strong community that is inclusive, accepting and appreciative of diversity.

We aim to achieve this by developing positive, effective and cooperative liaisons with other organisations within the community; by actively complimenting and enhancing services offered within our community in a noncompetitive manner.

On the home front we strive for diversity and show value and appreciation for each staff member, board member and volunteer’s unique contribution and knowledge.


We endeavour to ensure that personal or social circumstances such as gender, ethnic origin or family background, or disability are not obstacles to participating in our programs (definition of fairness) and that all are given the assistance they require to find enjoyment and success in their participation.

People are born into different economic circumstances, have different personalities, talents, interests and abilities as well as different races, cultures and backgrounds. All of these things play a role in outcomes for individuals. Because we believe that everyone should have the chance to be successful and live a fulfilling life, we endeavour to provide varying levels of support depending upon need to achieve greater fairness of outcomes for all and not allow circumstances to create situations of inequity.

YWCA Hunter exists to support, empower and connect women, children and their families for a stronger community.

Strengthened by Christian heritage and enriched by our worldwide membership of women and girls the YWCA Hunter Region is a women’s membership movement based on feminist principles of equality. Today we aspire to sustainability through the richness of diversity from many beliefs and values. YWCA Hunter exists to support, empower and connect women and families for a stronger community. The YWCA in the Hunter has been delivering services to women of the Newcastle region in later years to the wider Hunter community for 100 years.

In the Hunter, the YWCA has been supporting and working with women and their families since 1880. The YWCA Newcastle commenced operations at 113 King Street Newcastle in 1921 with club rooms, cafeteria, classes and a variety of clubs open to all people. The YWCA Hunter is part of a global membership based movement of women and girls, which promotes women’s leadership and gender equality.

The World YWCA is a global network of women and young women leading social and economic change in over 125 countries. The World YWCA is one of the world’s largest and oldest women’s organisations with a global reach of 25 million women and girls. It advocates for peace, justice, human rights and care of the environment, and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women for over 150 years. The World YWCA develops women’s leadership to find local solutions to the global inequalities women face. Annually the network supports 25 million women and girls.

Anne Tait


Natalie Smith


Yela Wilson


Sharon Jephson


Donna Aubin


Nissa Lee


Alex Alexander


Nina Aubin


Nina is a Company Secretary and governance professional with extensive experience in Board and executive level support and organisation compliance. She is currently independent contract Company Secretary for Bendigo Community Health Services and employed as Governance and Executive Support Officer with MCCC GP Training Limited, a Victorian Regional Training Organisation involved in general practice medical education. Nina has previously worked in the independent education sector, local government and the financial services sector and is a former employee of YWCA Hunter Region Inc. Nina holds a Diploma of Business Administration and qualifications in governance and risk management from the Governance Institute of Australia. She is the current Board President and Association Treasurer for YWCA Hunter.

Andrea Fernandes


Andrea is a values-driven, qualified senior manager with 15 years’ experience in the for-purpose sector. She is currently the Business Process Manager at the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), one of Australia’s largest youth specific community organisations that works with young people and families across Victoria. She has previously worked in employment services, fundraising, and education roles. Andrea holds an MBA, specialising in Social Impact, from UNSW. She also has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University, with First Class Honours for research on diversity and social inclusion. Recently, Andrea completed a placement with the Board of Infoxchange via The Observership Program, where she further developed skills in organisational strategy and governance.

Stephanie Hope


Stephanie’s current professional appointment is as a Relationship Facilitator with Compassion Australia. Her role is to build and nurture relationships with influencers and organisations, creating strong and sustainable strategic partnerships. She has extensive experience in events, projects and relationship management as well as administration with a focus on building strategies for growth. Prior to landing in the non-profit space, Stephanie spent a number of years in the financial services sector in Direct Banking, team lead and business coaching & development roles. When she’s not occupied being a busy mum of three wonderful kids, she’s studying at Southern Cross University to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Creative Writing and Social Sciences.

Alicia Kent-Rooney


Alicia is a Senior Leader in the P-12 and Vocational Education sector with particular interests in curriculum, individualising learning pathways, and partnership approaches to real world learning.  She is currently the Head of Vocational Education Pathways at Arethusa College, a special assistance school with 6 campuses in South East Queensland. The College caters to marginalised and disadvantaged students who have disengaged from mainstream schooling. This is her first Board appointment. Alicia has also worked in international hotels and travelled extensively. She holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Hotel Management, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Applied Linguistics and Education. In the vocational space, she has qualifications in Active Volunteering, Hospitality, TAE, and Career Development. Alicia and her wife live in Brisbane with their 2 adult sons, and 2 cats.

Alexandra Potter


Alexandra is a passionate gender equity and social justice advocate with extensive experience in project planning, policy development and training. She is currently the Program Lead for suicide prevention projects providing operational and strategic leadership to four teams across the Hunter and New England Local Health District. A proud Novocastrian Alexandra has recently returned to Newcastle after six years working in Canberra leading federally funded suicide prevention and mental health projects. As a Board Member of YWCA Hunter Region Inc Alexandra is passionate about supporting gender equity across the Hunter and empowering people to connect further with YWCA Hunter activities and advocacy work. 

Angelina Salamone


Angelina is a GP doctor with over 23 years of general practice medical experience and is currently the Director of Medical Education and Training with Murray City Country Coast (MCCC) GP Training. She has held senior positions with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as National Manager for Educational Services, National Manager Assessment, and Education and Development Officer for Assessment and Practice Standards as well as being a member of the college’s Victorian Faculty Council, undertaking the role of Deputy Chair and Provost. Angelina is an executive member of the MCCC GP Training Board and was previously involved with the Victorian Metropolitan Alliance Board of Directors. She is a current member with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the AICD Foundations of Directorship program. Angelina brings governance knowledge, leadership and strategic planning experience to the YWCA Hunter Region Inc. Board as well as an understanding of female and marginalised gender health inequity issues from the perspective of a medical practitioner.

Anne Tait


Anne is currently the Executive Director of YWCA Hunter. Anne has a diverse background in the community services sector and has managed a wide range of Services and Programs for Not for Profit organisations. She has assisted on two Boards previously to administer funding and identify most suitable applicants for Youth tenancies and homelessness prevention. Her experience has included interventions into drug and alcohol, mental health and homelessness issues, social housing, disability employment and assisting young people who have experienced poverty, abuse and neglect. Anne is motivated to address needs in the community and collaborate with other organisations and community members to meet those needs. She also has a background in advertising and promotion. Anne has a passion for bringing community together to connect and support people in all our diversity.

Shannon Whyte


Shannon is a proud Aboriginal woman of Gamilaroi descent. In her role as Lower Hunter Firesticks Coordinator, Shannon is helping bring Cultural Burning to the forefront in the Hunter region. Shannon has a broad range of experience in project management and business administration across the land management, disability and healthcare sectors. Prior to her current role, Shannon was the Business Support Officer with a Local Aboriginal Land Council where she managed a three-year, multi-stakeholder NSW state government funded project focused on land revegetation & vertebrate pest control. Shannon holds diplomas in Project Management, Business Administration and Leadership and Management and is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Leadership & Management. 

The YWCA in the Hunter has been delivering services to women of the Newcastle region in later years to the wider Hunter community for 100 years. In the Hunter, the YWCA has been supporting and working with women and their families since 1880. The YWCA Newcastle commenced operations at 113 King Street Newcastle in 1921 with club rooms, cafeteria, classes and a variety of clubs open to all people. There were 800 members in 1963. The YWCA Hunter moved into the Dawson Street, Cooks Hill property in 1963 with the new gymnasium being added and opened by Betty Cuthbert in 1965. The YWCA Hostel in Parkway Avenue, Bar Beach War Memorial Hostel, was built in 1953 offering accommodation at reasonable rates plus ‘wholesome lifestyle’ for ‘business girls and students’. It transitioned to mixed accommodation and then was sold in 2007. The YWCA Hunter has a chequered history of program delivery and we aim to move with recognised needs/trends and available research in the community.

There are currently no employment opportunities available at the YWCA Hunter.

All YWCA Hunter memberships expire in December and we would like to call on our existing members to renew their membership for 2022 if you have not already done so, as we value and need your contribution as members of the YWCA Hunter. If you know other women who would be interested in membership please feel free to direct them to this webpage where membership can be easily completed online. Voting membership entitles you to:

  • Become part of an international movement which promotes women’s leadership and gender equality.
  • Ability to vote on resolutions at our Annual General Meeting.
  • Support our programs and strengthen our voice.
  • Receive emails and updates from YWCA Hunter Region Inc relating to the YWCA organisation and issues affecting women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.

Membership is annual based on a calendar year. Membership is renewable on 1st January each year. Membership payments received between 1st October and 31st December cover the period to the end of the following calendar year. The YWCA Constitution states that each member has a three month grace period to renew their membership after its expiration date before they cease to remain a member.


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    Membership Level Required 2 Year Full Voting Membership - $20 (must be or identify as female, 16 years and over)1 Year Affiliate Membership - $10 (for any age/gender or for program registration)



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