Annual Information Statement 2016

Legal Name
Women's Community Shelters Limited

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2016 reporting period?
Main activity
Social services
Main activities
  • Advocacy and civic activities
  • Economic, social and community development
  • Emergency and relief
  • Housing activities
  • Social services
Estimated percentage of charity's grant funding that was
  • For capacity building of the grant recipients: 28%
  • Granted through a public or open application process, or similar: 64%
  • Specifically for recipients in rural and regional Australia: 7%
  • Part of multi-year grants: 43%
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
2015/2016 proved to be a landmark year in the development and expansion of Women's Community Shelters. This year, WCS expanded our shelter model to accommodate women with children as well as single women. These groups were a key priority for the communities who approached us to work with them. We entered 2016 on the front foot with our Great Lakes Womens Shelter about to open, a developed set of resources on shelter establishment and operations, and a keen sense of positive change occurring at local community level. Once open, the Great Lakes Women's shelter was full within a week, proving beyond doubt the need for more services. The same was true of our benchmark refuge, The Sanctuary - Hills Women's Shelter which opened in April 2016. This property was renovated to the highest standard to provide a warm safe haven for families escaping domestic violence and is the first shelter to provide a live CCTV link to the local police station. We were confident in our capacity to enhance our programmes, and worked with sector experts to extend our operational policies and procedures to accommodate the changes in caring for families. Weve also instituted specific workers in both shelters, experienced in childrens trauma, domestic violence and support services, to work through tailored case plans for families. Our shelter in the Hills also provides ground-breaking accommodation for women with a disability, or women who care for a child with a disability. Through flexible design, we are also able to accommodate larger families, which is often a challenge. Over the course of the year, and in concert with a new, national conversation around domestic violence and womens homelessness, many more NSW communities with a known need decided to take positive action on the issue and collaborate with WCS. Our model begins with people, not property. We combine genuine community building and goodwill with WCS shelter expertise and a 24/7 staffed, professional operating model, funding, intellectual property and project management support. It is in the alchemy of community and our shelter experience and professionalism that this model becomes an extraordinarily powerful way of working. The WCS network now has four shelters under our umbrella. We have size and scale. We have proven the model can work in metropolitan and regional locations, and we are ready to scale to the next level, doubling our network again by 2018. We welcome the recent announcement of support by the NSW State Government to partially fund our existing network and to develop more shelters on our model into the future. We have already been approached by a number of other communities in NSW and around Australia keen to start new shelters with us. We can change the paradigm and the response to domestic violence and womens homelessness in Australia, community by community. Our full annual review can be accessed at:
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2017 period?
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2016 reporting period
New South Wales
Who was helped most by the charity's activities in the reporting period
  • Females
  • 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
  • Veterans and/or their families
  • Victims of crime (including family violence)
Did the charity provide funded support and/or services to participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the 2016 reporting period?
Does the charity intend to provide funded support and/or services to participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the next reporting period?

Section C: Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 1
  • Part time employees: 3
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 50

Section D: Finance

Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Charity's 2016 reporting period
1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
2016 Financial report
Note: If you want to see the financial report or annual report that this charity has submitted, go back to Financials & Documents.
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted
New South Wales

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

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Balance Sheet extract

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