The YWCA Hunter has been delivering services to women of the Newcastle region and in later years to the wider Hunter community for 100 years.

The YWCA Newcastle commenced operations at 113 King Street Newcastle in 1921 with club rooms, cafeteria, classes and a variety of services 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 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 War Memorial Hostel in Parkway Avenue, Bar Beach, was built in 1953 offering accommodation to women and then to mixed genders.

The World YWCA is a global network of women leading social and economic change in over 122 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.

The YWCA Hunter has a unique history of program delivery and we aim to move with recognised needs and trends in the community.

We’re looking forward to our next chapter and building on our current programs.

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