Annual Information Statement 2018

Legal Name
Women's Community Shelters Limited

About the charity

Charity size
Is the charity an incorporated association?
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Select the state/territory where the charity intends to fundraise in the 2018 reporting period
NSW fundraising number: CFN/22366
Basic Religious Charity

Activities and Beneficiaries

Did the charity operate in the 2018 reporting period?
Main activity
Social services
Main activities
  • Emergency and relief
  • Economic, social and community development
  • Housing activities
  • Advocacy and civic activities
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
In 2016, WCS’ impact in the crisis accommodation sector doubled, with the incredible support of community, philanthropy and government. Our two new shelters, the
Great Lakes Women’s Shelter and The Sanctuary – Hills Women’s Shelter, opened their doors and each has now completed a full year of operations, supporting 43 women
and 74 children (Sanctuary) and 39 women and 53 children (GLWS) with accommodation and case-management. With four shelters operating, we’ve become an established,
essential and innovative provider in the sector. Our partnership with the NSW State Government was secured in late 2016. This partnership will partially fund our
existing shelter network, and expand our network by another 3–4 shelters over the next two years. We are now embarked on exciting shelter development activities in a number of communities. Starting in late 2016, we held community forums in South East Sydney, Penrith and Orange (regional NSW), explored opportunities for the Blacktown LGA in
North-Western Sydney and began discussions with a diverse range of interested groups and individuals around the State. In reflecting on the year that has passed, several key themes stand out for me. Firstly, that our shelter network is maturing and along with it, the skill in our local communities. Our Shelter Boards and their sub-committees continue to attract and retain extraordinary and diverse talent at the local level. Over the next year, we want to say thank you to these committed volunteers through the provision of extra training and networking opportunities – embedding additional skills they can invest in other projects within their communities. A further theme has been a greater enlivening of the philanthropic sector towards issues of women’s homelessness and domestic and family violence. We welcome the additional support we’ve received from our corporate partners, private donors and family foundations. We’re aware of the importance of good governance and that dollars generously given need to have impact. As we grow, we’re conscious of remaining lean, agile and effective, drawing in community assets at a ratio of 3:1 for every dollar in cash given to WCS. With four shelters, growing to six and then eight in the next two years, I’m also conscious that we have a platform to roll out new and innovative programs at the local community level, including those around education of school students, better support for homeless women and children with a disability, and evidence-based programs to support kids who
have experienced the trauma of domestic and family violence. We’re also seeking to grow our Outreach program for women and children who’ve left our shelters and are now in stable housing. Maintaining the supportive connections they’ve
built with our shelter staff helps keep them on the path to a better and brighter future.
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2018 reporting period
New South Wales
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2019 period?
Main beneficiary
Other beneficiaries
  • Early childhood - aged under 6
  • Children - aged 6 to under 15
  • Youth - aged 15 to under 25
  • Adults - aged 25 to under 65
  • Adults - aged 65 and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex persons
  • Migrants, refugees or asylum seekers
  • People in rural/regional/remote communities
  • Families
  • Financially disadvantaged people
  • People at risk of homelessness/ people experiencing homelessness
  • People with disabilities
  • Unemployed persons
  • Victims of crime (including family violence)

Annual report

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Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 3
  • Part time employees: 3
  • Casual employees: 1
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 4.03
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 80

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2018 reporting period
1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018
Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

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