Some of the Previous fundraising events and campaigns

Raise funds for us

 Do you have a passion for fun?

Do you like to host events?

Have you thought about hosting an event to raise funds for us? 

There are so many ways in which you could raise funds for us in your local community.

Ideas include holding a dress up themed night, a girls night out or in, trivia nights, bingo, movie nights, school mufti days (always a hit with the kids)

The opportunities are endless, contact us to get promotional info to support your event


Women's Community Shelters

Women's Community Shelters

Women's Community Shelters


WCS work with communities to establish new shelters, which provide short term emergency accommodation and support in a safe environment that enables homeless women to rebuild self-esteem and achieve control and fulfilment of their lives.

At a time of reduced government spending, Women’s Community Shelters offers a new and ground-breaking ‘tri-partite’ funding model in which Government, philanthropy/business and community all work to provide funding to establish and operate shelters.

In addition, WCS brings expertise in governance, intellectual property, professional development and project management support to communities looking to establish new shelters. 

With a strong and experienced Board and a highly professional team, WCS is focused on supporting each shelter to develop best practice and achieve positive individual outcomes for the women staying at the shelters, while remaining cost efficient.

There are currently 7 WCS shelters, with 1 more close to opening in NSW.

5 of those are women and children's shelters and 2 supporting single women.

For more information about Women’s Community Shelters and the tireless work they do, click on the link below.

Thank you

Women's Community Shelters

Women's Community Shelters


We would like to thank everyone who has donated and supported the GLWS and to those who continue to support us in any way that they can, we are unable to individually thank everyone, but here are a few of our ongoing supporters:

Great Lakes community members

Our wonderful team of volunteers

All great Lakes area Public schools 

Forty Winks Forster

Brian’s Homemakers

Club Forster

Forster Tuncurry Bowling club

South Pacific Linen Service

Coles Forster 

Coles 2nd Bites program

Foodworks Hallidays Point

Bunnings Forster

Topi Open Range Farm

The Alannah and Madeleine Foundation


Mid Coast Council

Commonwealth Bank of Australia 

Ottomin Foundation

McKewen Foundation

Lions Club Forster -Tuncurry

Great Lakes Pharmacy

Wavelengths Tuncurry

Hallidays Point Uniting Church

Severed Slam

Telstra Connecting Communities

Mid Coast Waste


Great Lakes Community Resources

There are also many local businesses supporting our Loose Change Campaign 

Join our volunteers

Women's Community Shelters

Ways others have donated


Are you passionate about what we're doing? 

Do you have a passion for helping people? 

Do you have a skill you would love to share?

We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision of a safe and suuportive women and children's shelter a reality. 

Maybe you are a maker, a doer, a cleaner, a networker, a writer, or just want to be part of the team,  no matter your skill set we need helpers in all different forms.

Apply for our volunteer program and see what we can do together.

We're excited to have you join the team!


Ways others have donated

Purchase THE WHITE RIBBON book for your child or their school

Ways others have donated


A wonderful local artist donated a custom designed painting to raffle of at our music trivia night in 2018 to raise funds for the shelter.

We have had beautiful hand made quilts made for raffle prizes.

Many organisations in Forster and Tuncurry and beyond hold events and generously donate the proceeds to us.

1 Million Can Campaign

Purchase THE WHITE RIBBON book for your child or their school

Purchase THE WHITE RIBBON book for your child or their school


Collect your cans and eligible bottles to raise money for our purpose built shelter named PROJECT 2020. 

Drop off points include Happy Hallidays Caravan Park as well as reverse vending machines in Forster, Old Bar and Wingham.

All money raised via this scheme is going directly to our purpose built shelter - a brand new 6 bedroom permanent women and children's shelter in the Great Lakes.

Get collecting today, your donation and support is appreciated beyond words

Thank you myTOMRA Australia for your support 

Purchase THE WHITE RIBBON book for your child or their school

Purchase THE WHITE RIBBON book for your child or their school

Purchase THE WHITE RIBBON book for your child or their school


The White Ribbon- written and illustrated by Steph Flower. 

The White Ribbon outlines a little girls personal journey through a domestic violence situation. 

It is available for purchase for $10 all proceeds going to Great Lakes Womens Shelter.

Please contact us for more information 

Volunteer Program application

2020 Volunteer application package (pdf)


Some of our amazing partners and supporters