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Photo Gallery from the 2022 Christmas High Tea

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What an INCREDIBLE day we had for the last event for the year, our 2022 Christmas High Tea.

The full photo gallery is now available.

You are welcome to download individual photographs from the gallery, complimentary, with thanks to The Brisbane Women’s Club and Rhubarb Photography.


  1. Go to
  2. Enter YOUR email address and the password: bwc22
  3. Click the “download” icon at the bottom of any image you wish to download and select what size image you want.
  4. Repeat for each image you would like.

This gallery will expire on 30/11/2022.

2022 BWC Grant Recipient

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We were beyond thrilled to announce the winner of the 2023 Grant Receipt – Hannah’s House.

Hannah’s House is a not-for-profit organisation in Ipswich that provides young people in crisis with recovery opportunities that are Christ-centred and focused on healing. Hannah’s House offers crisis accommodation for young women 16 – 17 years of age who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The BWC has nothing but admiration for the work this organisation does, and we are so happy to see $10,000 go towards helping their caring services.

Thank you to all applicants for the quality of their submissions and the generous work these organisations contribute to supporting women and girls in Queensland. We received many applications from many worthy causes and worthwhile programs making the decision a challenge for the BWC Grants Sub-Committee and the BWC Board. A big thanks the BWC Grants Sub-Committee chaired by BWC Director.

We look forward to sharing more information with you about the amazing work of Hannah’s House!

BWC changing the ending of domestic violence in Brisbane

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BWC changing the ending of domestic violence in Brisbane

The Brisbane Women’s Club (BWC) unveiled a red bench outside the Lovewell Café in Mt Gravatt as part of the Red Bench Project to raise awareness of domestic violence last Sunday 24 October.

Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner and Deputy Mayor Krista Adams were among the guests at the event.

BWC, Red Rose Foundation, Brisbane City Council (BCC) and Lovewell Foundation joined forces to support the Red Bench Project providing a visual reminder that domestic violence is a prevalent issue in all communities.

The initiative is part of the Red Rose Foundation’s commitment to end domestic and family violence related deaths in Australia.

Red Rose Foundation, Chief Executive Officer, Betty Taylor said they hoped the daring red colour would keep the issue of domestic violence at the forefront of people’s minds generating the much needed, yet often taboo, discussions in our community.

“The benches will encourage people to stop, sit, read the plaques and bring the issue of domestic violence to people of all walks of life, whether they have been affected by DV or not,” she said.

“It’s up to all of us to have the conversation about DV in our communities and to help stop these preventable deaths.”

Brisbane Women’s Club, Chair of the Board, Leah Stangle said BWC was delighted to support the Red Bench Project that aligned closely with the club’s ethos, to make Brisbane a better place for women to live and work.

“The BWC board has worked hard with our partners to send a strong message to the community that we want to end the silence around domestic violence,” Ms Stangle said.

“The bench was installed outside the Lovewell Café, run by the Lovewell Foundation, that works with women who are rebuilding their lives to retake their place in our community.

“We couldn’t imagine a better place for our red bench to be placed, outside an organisation that’s sole purpose is uplifting women, and supporting them to regain the confidence they need to take charge of their own life,” she said.

Ms Stangle said the Brisbane Women’s Club has worked collaboratively with the Red Rose and Lovewell Foundations to make this happen with the support of the Brisbane City Council.

“Thanks to the BCC, who approved and paid for the installation of the bench, we are proud to be involved in a project that is helping women to live free from violence and abuse.”

Qld Police responded to 113,779 DV cases between July 2020 and March 2021. To date, approx 270 red benches have been installed mostly in Queensland with eight in New South Wales and two in South Australia and 30 within Brisbane. The first bench was installed on 15 May 2019 in Cleveland.

24 October 2021

Official cutting of the ribbon

L to R: Jim Boden, Red Rose Foundation, Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner, Annie Stonehouse, Lovewell Foundation, Leah Stangle, Brisbane Women’s Club and Councillor Krista Adams, Deputy Mayor.

Jim Boden, Red Rose Foundation

BWC Board of Directors

Councillor Krista Adams, Deputy Mayor

Leah Stangle, BWC Chair of the Board

Tiffany English & Annie Stonehouse, Lovewell Foundation

Changing the ending of Domestic Violence in Brisbane!

2020 BWC Grant Recipient Round 2

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2020 was a bumpy year for many people, including us here at BWC, who were unable to hold our members face-to-face events. However, in an effort to continue our support for the community, the Board decided to release a second grant of $5,000 in 2020 to help a local charity support local women.


Thank you to all applicants for the quality of their submissions and the generous work these organisations contribute to supporting women and girls in Queensland. We received many applications from many worthy causes and worthwhile programs making the decision a challenge for the BWC Grants Sub-Committee and the BWC Board. A big thanks the BWC Grants Sub-Committee chaired by BWC Director Niki Dowsing, and including BWC members Katelin Haynes, Michele Blanshard, Amanda Mannix and Robyn Francis, who took on the hard task of granting these funds.


We are delighted to share that the recipient of the 2020, Round 2, BWC Charitable Grant was awarded to 4 Voices ( a local charity whose vision is for a world where any girl or woman who feels unhappy, threatened or alone can find her voice.


4 Voices does this by supporting girls and women of all ages who are socially isolated; experiencing bullying, abuse or violence; are homeless; are not connected in the digital world.  4 Voices operates a mobile van service across 10 locations in Brisbane, equipped with telephones, laptops, Wi-Fi, a printer/scanner/copier, Smart TV and coffee machine. The service provides a hub for women to drop in for much needed assistance with MyGov registration, opening email accounts, completing online forms, printing documents, writing their CV, searching for jobs, housing, medical or other support. 4 Voices collaborates with Centrelink, crisis accommodation centres, other outreach services and community centres to ensure they directly connect with vulnerable women and can provide immediate practical solutions to their problems.


Brisbane Women’s Club is particularly excited to support the 4 Voices program in Inala. The $5,000 BWC Grant, made possible by our members, will enable the 4 Voices mobile van service to visit the community of Inala on a weekly basis for a year. At each shift, participants will be provided with free access to Wi-Fi, computers, phones, morning tea and non-judgmental conversation. The service will be provided by a team of volunteers operating from the customized van, equipped with facilities that can provide practical support to women requiring this connection.


We look forward to sharing more information with you about the amazing work of 4 Voices!  Any questions or interest in volunteering to support 4 Voices, please email Niki Dowsing at

Meet our 2021 BWC Board & Members

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You’re invited! Come meet the 2021 BWC Board & Members and hear about our 2021 activities over tapas and Spanish wine!

Join us at MODA, The Barracks (Petrie Tce, Milton) on Thursday 25 February from 6pm – 8pm.

Tickets are $55 per person for dinner (chef’s selection of substantial tapas) plus cash bar on the night.

Please RSVP via email to if you would like to attend (members and non-members invited). You need to RSVP before Monday 22 February for booking purposes (unfortunately we can’t take walk-ins due to COVID restrictions in the restaurant).

MODA will be providing 2 hour free secure undercover parking for guests. Hope to see you there!

Help A Brave Life support young mums

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We are holding another goods drive this month!

Our recent collection of jumpers for NPY Women’s Council was super successful and we want to provide more support to women in our broader BWC community.

We are supporting A Brave Life, a past BWC Grant recipient, by collecting and donating goods that they use to fill a care bag for new young mums.

A Brave Life is a registered not-for-profit charity that provides a person-centered, positive approach with achievable outcomes to meet the practical needs of young women from a physical, emotional and educational perspective.  A Brave Life focuses on two areas:

  • Walking alongside young women, whilst encouraging them to finish their education, pursue their dreams and to live life brave.
  • Providing essential baby items to young women through a baby bundle program.

Check out their website at and their Facebook page @A Brave Life.

A Brave Life were awarded the BWC Grant for 2019 for their LIVE LIFE BRAVE MENTORING PROGRAM. BWC also supported A Brave Life with further donated funds from our Movie Charity Night “Ride Like A Girl” in 2019.

A Brave Life now need our help to fill their care packs, with the following items:

  • Shampoo/Conditioner pack (300-500mls)
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Roll on Deodorant
  • Hair Brush and Hair Ties
  • Face Washers
  • Travel Mug
  • Drink Bottle
  • Pocket Tissues

We have a few different options for how you can help:

  • Buy some of these loose items in your next grocery shop (one or as many as you would like to donate);
  • Buy one of each of these items to contribute to 1x whole care bag; or
  • We did a shopping run and can buy 1x whole care bag for $36.95 from Coles. Donate $36.95 (or a little more) to our account and we will do the shopping for you! Did you know, BWC is registered for collections with the Qld Office of Fair Trading!?!

Once you have your goods email me, Leah, at or text me at 0421 707 050 advising your name, location and phone number and that you have goods to donate to A Brave Life.One of the lovely BWC Board members will contact you to arrange collection personally (in a COVID safe manner of course).

Want to donate to our account so that we do the shopping for you! Transfer $36.95 (or a little more) to:

Account Name: Brisbane Women’s Club
BSB: 084-004
Account Number: 44 053 3142
Reference: ABL Care Bags

We want to bundle up all our goods and deliver them to A Brave Life by Monday 31 August 2020. So please contact us before the end of August to collect your goods from you or to donate your shopping money.

We had a young mum-to-be turn up to the emergency department due to a domestic violence incident with nothing but the clothes she was wearing.  It was so great to be able to gift a bag for mum and her baby, filled with the immediate essentials that they needed.” – Social Worker, Metro North Hospital

Enquiries are welcome – please send to Leah at Thanks for all your help BWC Community!

2020 BWC Grant Recipient Announcement

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A huge thank you to all the 2020 BWC Grant Applicants.

The BWC Grants Sub-Committee reviewed all applications against the Guidelines.

The BWC Board is very excited to announce the recipient of the 2020 BWC Grant is:





The 2020 BWC Grant will provide vulnerable women and children living in transitional crisis accommodation with opportunities to build living skills helping them transition to independent living in the community. Providing a stable home is vital, and is the first building block on the path to empowerment. The women will learn new skills in health and wellbeing, parenting, education and money management through intensive case management, workshops and excursions. The program aims to increase self-esteem, confidence and awareness of rights. The Grants Sub-Committee felt that the project aligned well with the BWC vision as it aims to break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage and learned behaviours which may have led to their homelessness, enabling them to participate equally in society.



A high-level summary of the applications received:

  • All Applications sought the full grant support of $5,000.
  • Total project costs ranged from 25% of grant funds to 100% required to deliver the project.
  • Fifty per cent of the applications had secured funding from other sources.
  • Applications received targeted a wide range of groups, including mothers of autistic children, disadvantaged women, women with cancer, women who are homeless, disenfranchised women, victims of domestic violence, female researchers and scientists, migrant women, unemployed women and female artists.
  • Proposed projects were for a range of support and services including mentoring, counselling, education, leadership, financial literacy, skills building, self-care, health-related services, and provision of ‘essential’ or ‘critical’ goods.


BWC thanks everyone for the quality of their application and the generous work you contribute to supporting women and girls in Queensland.  There were many worthy causes and worthwhile programs making the selection of this year’s recipient a challenge for the BWC Grants Sub-Committee and the BWC Board.


BWC also thanks those members who generously volunteered their time to participate in the Grants Sub-Committee, as well as other members who offered to assist but that we could not accommodate on this occasion. It was heartening to have so many of members want to contribute to this important part of BWC.


BWC will share more information about Good Samaritan Housing and its Mentoring and Empowering Vulnerable Mothers Program in the near future.

BWC is recruiting Board Members

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BWC is a company limited by guarantee comprised of volunteer board members.

We are looking to nominate and elect a new board members at our AGM in February 2020.

To supplement and compliment the existing board members skills we are primarily looking to elect board members with skills in event management, digital marketing and communications and social media and or the development of an online virtual community.

We are open to discuss other areas and how they contribute to the existing board skillset.

All Board members are required to be familiar with ASIC and ACNC director obligations and the structure of a company limited by guarantee.

Organisation: Brisbane Women’s Club
Organisation Type: Charity/NFP
Coverage: QLD
Position Title: Board Member / Non Executive Director
Duration of Appointment: 3 years
Remuneration: Unpaid (expenses not covered)
Industry / Sector: NGO / NFP / Other Charitable
Skills Sought: Transformation / Growth, Communications, Governance, Diversity & Inclusion, Digital Marketing / Social Media
Closing Date: Extended until Friday 6 December 2019


About The Organisation

The Brisbane Women’s Club (BWC) is a centre for Brisbane and Queensland women to exercise progressive leadership around issues of public importance for women, to support projects and organisations aimed at improving the lives of women, and to mentor and guide younger women to achieve equal participation in the social, cultural, political and economic arenas of Australian life. BWC aims to bring together a diverse group of professional women in Brisbane and South East Queensland.

Being a part of BWC provide an opportunity to actively get involved in activities and events which have benefits for women and which are of great interest to BWC members, to extend professional and personal networks with like-minded women, and to be part of an organisation that speaks out on behalf of women.

We are a not for profit and all proceeds from our events go to charities operating in this space in Brisbane and Queensland, or as part of our ongoing grants program.


Selection Criteria

1) Previous governance experience (board, committee, association etc) or the ability to demonstrate how your skills can be applied.
2) Understanding of corporate and legal structures, in particular corporate governance requirements.
2) Appreciation of the not for profit space and ASIC/ACNC requirements for directors.
3) Commitment to be a leader in the field of gender equality, women’s issues and leadership.
4) Ability to contribute to financial oversight of the company.
5) Developed communication skills including the ability to present board papers, assess risk and articulate opinions in a professional manner.
6) Time and ability to contribute to board meetings, BWC operational and planning matters and attendance at majority of BWC events in any one year, including taking an active role in some of our working committees. BWC relies upon its volunteer board to drive activities and events and to engage members.
7) Willingness to join BWC as a member for term of director appointment (3 years).


How To Apply

Email an introductory letter explaining why you want to become a BWC Chair, your high level CV and statement addressing the Selection Criteria in no more than 5 pages.

Applications should be addressed to: Leah Stangle at

Mentors Needed | WOW Australia Event

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We are so thrilled to be apart of the upcoming WOW Australia Brisbane event as part of International Day of the Girl Child.

We will be helping to put together a team of 100 WOW (Women of the World) Mentors from all walks of life, for a unique speed mentoring session to take place the Wheel of Brisbane on Friday 11th October and we would love you to join us!!

To highlight the UN theme for 2019, GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable, WOW Australia has invited young women, years 10 and 11 to participate in a day of activities at QPAC and the Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank.


The speed-mentoring sessions will take place on the Wheel of Brisbane. As a Mentor you will have the opportunity to meet with 4 young women to support and offer guidance in relation to any challenges or issues they are grappling with.

No specialist experience is required, only life experience, enthusiasm and an interest in developing young women.


WHEN: Friday 11 October 2018

TIME: 2 Sessions available.

11am – 1.30pm OR 12.45 – 3pm

WHERE: QPAC and the Wheel of Brisbane

RSVP BY: Tuesday 2 October


So if you are available and ready to empower and impact the lives of our young Brisbane women, please get involved as a volunteer directly with WOW at

Also, BWC members we will be having a coffee at the ABC Champ Kitchen and Bar at 10am before the mentoring sessions 🙂