Does my donation directly support the families?

All donations made to Great Lakes Womens Shelter come directly to us, no matter the method you wish to use. 

The physical donations go directly to the women and children in need or to support them during their stay with us or in transitional shelter accommodation or in their new home.

On occasion our volunteers who collect furniture donations will gain your consent to on-sell the items when we have no space to hold the item, instead allocating those funds to the shelter needs.

Financial donations go directly into the area you designate or into general running costs of the shelter such as rent, electricity, staffing, transport, food, cleaning products and services and so much more.

Different ways to Support our families


Non-Perishable and fresh food donations

We are blessed to have 2 drop off locations for non-perishable food and toiletries.

Food/non-perishables collection points are located in Coles Forster and  Foodworks in Hallidays Point. (They look like cages)

Food /non-perishable collection points are a convenient way for the community to help provide the families with much needed basic food and toiletry staples during their stay at the shelter.

Physical donations:

For donations of items such as new linen, doonas, pillows and clothing 

please email or call  0437 508 063 

**PLEASE NOTE- We are currently unable to accept furniture donations until further notice**

For health and safety reasons we are unable to accept donations of used linen and bedding.

Limited space means we can only accept donations of clothes on a needs basis - keep an eye on our Facebook page for our call outs. 

We have formed partnerships with Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul in Forster where if we are unable to accept your kind donations, you can donate to either of these services on behalf of us, in return they allow our women and children to get the items they need, when they need them.

Donate financially:

The Great Lakes Womens Shelter is a registered ACNC charity.

All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.


Making a single donation will help us continue our important work providing crisis accommodation to vulnerable women and children escaping domestic violence and homelessness in the Great Lakes.

As a registered charity GLWS relies heavily on donations and income generated through fundraising.

There are many different ways you can make a donation:


  • By Bank Transfer
    To make a bank transfer to GLWS please contact Carly on or call (02) 6555 9835 for account details in order to make a transfer.
  • By Cheque
    Please post cheques made payable to Great Lakes Womens Shelter to:
    Great Lakes Womens Shelter
    PO Box 484
    Tuncurry NSW 2428
  • Donate direct via GIVE NOW 
  • Donate direct to our purpose built shelter "PROJECT 2020" via
  • Click on the links at the bottom of this page to make secure Paypal donations for specific items or programs

Wills and Bequest donations:

A bequest, or legacy, can be the most important gift you ever give. 

By remembering Great Lakes Womens Shelter in your Will you are ensuring the future safety of vulnerable women, and their children, by helping provide additional and much needed crisis accommodation. 

Leaving a legacy for vulnerable women is an amazing thing to do and we thank you for thinking of us. 

We do advise that you seek qualified expert assistance from a lawyer when putting your Will together.

To be certain your bequest reaches the Great Lakes Womens Shelter, it is important to use our full legal name and include our Australian Charity Number as shown below: 

Great Lakes Womens Shelter Incorporated 

ABN: 18949934199

We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community. 

You can donate any amount towards the general running costs of the shelter. 

Your contribution today helps us make a difference.

Use this button to donate an amount of your choice, as small as $1 it all makes a difference to the women and children we support.

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Provide a woman with a wholesome nutritious meal

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Your donation of $20 will provide a woman with a wholesome and nutritious meal today.

Often having not been taught how to cook properly, or not having had a kitchen to cook in, women and children come to us with little funds and would love nothing more than a delicious wholesome meal to enjoy.


Feed a family of 3 for 1 week

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A single donation of $150 will provide nutritious meals for a mother with 2 young children for one week. 


Purpose built Shelter project 2020

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The need for a purpose built shelter was identified early on after opening our doors, to have stability and security to continue to be able to support the families that come through the doors seeking refuge.

We are now working towards Project 2020. 

A purpose built 6 bedroom shelter for the women and children in the Great Lakes escaping domestic and family violence and experiencing homelessness.

We have secured some funds towards this project thanks to Mid Coast Council Community grants, but we still need your help to get to our goal.

We still need approximately $400,000 towards the building and fit out of the shelter.

Every dollar you donate helps to get us closer to being self supported in our own building.


Contribute to our Outreach support program

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We turn away hundreds of women and children every year in the Great Lakes area, families experiencing violence and homelessness as we just don't have the funds to operate a crisis outreach service. 

With your help we can change this. 

We are currently only able to provide outreach support 2 days per week, our goal is to be able to provide a full time Outreach worker.

This will cost $75,000 per  year and will provide all the resources and emergency relief required to support the families that we provide outreach to.

$10 can provide a woman with an art project for 1 outreach group session

$30 can provide phone credit to help keep a woman and her children safe in their own home

$50 can provide a small amount of emergency food for a family

$100 can provide art materials for therapeutic art sessions /lessons for a group of women

$250 can provide a security system to keep a family safe in their own home

$5000 can provide support by a outreach worker full time for 3 weeks


Donate to our Child Support Program

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We currently only receive a small amount of funds towards our child support program, and we need your help to increase the capacity for staff to work with and support the children who come through the shelter to decrease the impact of the trauma they have experienced.

These funds go toward resources, providing a specialised children's case worker, school holiday programs and support and development for the children.

$5 can cover a child entry to the trampolines or putt-putt golf

$10 can provide a child with a colouring book and pencils

$30 can provide healthy food for children's cooking lessons

$50 can help provide a child with a basic school uniform to attend a local school

$100 can provide art materials for therapeutic art sessions /lessons

$200 can provide musical instruments for therapeutic music sessions / lessons

$5000 can provide support by a children's case worker full time for 3 weeks