Shelter Begins with Community

Rebuilding women's lives...together

The Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter (NBWS) was established by our community. It exists to serve our community. It survives because of our community. Read More

The Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter needs cash donations and in kind support to operate.
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Homelessness is not having a safe, affordable home to sleep or live in. Unfortunately, this is the reality for one in every 200 Australians. We Can Help

There are many ways you can get involved. Our community support is vital, without you we simply cannot continue to offer our vital services. Join Us

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

A former NBWS resident voices this moving video, ‘Colour Me Happy,’ produced for us by our talented friends at 140 Element Pty Ltd. We are honoured to present her story, in her own words, to our community and supporters.

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Anna’s Story​

Five years ago, I found the strength to leave an abusive marriage of over 14 years. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I was faced with parenting two daughters experiencing the trauma of separation and the impact of being raised in Domestic Violence. For 10 months following my separation, I continued attempting paying market rent, bills, food, clothing, car registration, internet bills, school fees, uniforms and activities for my girls. After 10 months, my poor mental health became so acute that I was scheduled for three weeks. Desperate, full of shame, suicidal and exhausted, I [couldn’t] what I’d been doing. I needed help. I needed supports to recover. I need secure, affordable housing. My beautiful daughters needed a stable, secure environment. In 2014 I began the process of applying for Social Housing (Priority, At Risk). I cannot emphasise how difficult

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Northern Beaches
Women's Shelter

There’s over twenty (20) years’ documented history of female homelessness on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

In the year leading up to the Shelter’s opening, Manly Community Centre and St Vincent de Paul in Brookvale recorded more than 300 women turning up on their doorstep in search of crisis accommodation. These statistics and years of experience fuelled the need for what began as Manly Women’s Shelter.

How you can help us?

Just call us at +02 9977 7772 to make a donation


We Won!

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that we have been named as one of the 200

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Upcoming Events

NBWS 10 Year Anniversary Gala
Manly Pavilion
Saturday 29 May 2021

More information to come!