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.
As we respond to community needs and trends we have an increasing focus on early intervention programs at the YWCA Hunter as we recognise the benefit of childhood learning in today’s world. We currently deliver a suite of programs for children at preschool age and primary age. As we strive to stay relevant, Y-KinderDance and Y-KinderYoga have been added and together with Y-KinderGym make up our current programs. Our programs aim to make early intervention growth classes accessible to all families. We do not charge a term fee, classes are offered on a pay as you go system. All classes are affordable and accessible for everyone.
School holiday time is when the YWCA Hunter Vacation Care program comes alive with an innovative, fun packed program that ensures the children of working parents have a thrilling and enriching school holiday experience. The program is funded through Department of Education, Child Care Subsidy is available to eligible families. The program runs at the YWCA Hunter throughout each school holiday break –two weeks each break and three and a half weeks in the January school holidays. All activities are delivered through much fun, community awareness and interesting themes set under the government, guidelines called ‘My Time Our Place’.
Following local incidences of assaults on young women, the YWCA Hunter saw the need for young girls to be taught self defence skills in a calm and relaxed environment. The YWCA Hunter now offers an 8 week Self Defence for Teen Girls program. Classes have a holistic approach, including personal skills and physical self defence skills. The classes are very popular and have had a positive impact on the girls who have attended.
We recently held a 6 week Chair Yoga program at the YWCA Hunter. Sit. Get Fit proved to be very popular that we now hold classes every Friday morning at 9.30am during the school term. Class is suitable for everyone, 50+, less agile as well as active yogis. Our participants have already noticed 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.