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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
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 www.abravelife.com.au 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.

ITEMS NEEDED TO FILL A BRAVE LIFE CARE PACK
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

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP
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 secretary@bwc.org.au 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

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
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.

THE IMPACT YOUR DONATIONS MAKE
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 secretary@bwc.org.au. 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:

 

 

GOOD SAMARITAN HOUSING for their

MENTORING AND EMPOWERING VULNERABLE MOTHERS PROGRAM

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 secretary@bwc.org.au 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 secretary@bwc.org.au

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.

BWC MEMBERS, THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN….

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 www.wowaustralia.com.au/contact

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

 

Calling for Volunteers! Movie Fundraiser Sub-Committee

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We are seeking 2 enthusiastic BWC members to work with our Board, to form a Movie Fundraiser Sub-Committee.

The Movie Fundraiser Sub-Committee is responsible for taking the lead in planning, resourcing and delivering an upcoming Movie Fundraiser event with the support of the Board, other volunteers and any guests as required.

Our next movie event is scheduled in a month’s time – so please only volunteer for this sub-committee if you can assist over the next few weeks.

 

Position criteria

You will need to be a member to be apart of this committee. If you aren’t already a member, the process to sign up is simple and quick – Register Here!

BWC holds volunteer insurance for all our members.

 

How to apply

if you want to give back and be part of the bigger BWC organisation, making an impact in our community, please email the following details to BWC Company Secretary at secretary@bwc.org.au

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • General location (ie do you live/work in inner Brisbane or further afield)
  • A brief statement telling us your experience and why you are interested in being involved in our Movie Fundraiser Sub-Committee.

We don’t want to give away our secrets but it is going to be fun, so please get your expression of interest in quickly!

BWC 2019 Grant Recipient Announced!

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We are thrilled to announce the successful BWC Grant recipient for 2019 is A Brave Life, an organisation that is passionate about equipping, empowering and encouraging young mums to dream big and to “Live Life Brave”.

The BWC Grant will assist A Brave Life to deliver an ongoing mentoring program that provides peer support and mentoring to young mothers who are completing their high school education. The program includes an appreciation of the importance of completing high school, self-worth, goal setting, healthy relationships and support to finish high school as a teenager/young mother.

A Brave Life tells us that teenage and young mothers are 40% less likely to complete high school (year 12) and 54% less likely to find employment.

BWC has awarded A Brave Life our 2019 Grant to improve the futures of these young mothers and their young families.

For more information about BWC, A Brave Life or the annual Grants Program, visit the Grants Program section at bwc.org.au or abravelife.com.au