Project Description

The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour supports Women’s and Girls Emergency Centre (WAGEC), a not-for-profit charity that has been creating safe spaces for women and families in Sydney for over 43 years. WAGEC provides support and shelter to women and their children when they need it most, in times of crisis and adversity.

Since 2018, the Rotary Club has provided scholarships to assist women to engage in study and training opportunities. The scholarships are delivered as part of WAGEC’s ACCESS program, which supports women experiencing homelessness, domestic and family violence, or social disadvantage to become economically secure. The scholarships cover costs associated with study and training, including but not limited to course fees, childcare, transport and learning materials. The scholarships support women by reducing their barriers to engaging in study and training.

Through the ACCESS program, women receive one-on-one mentoring and tailored support for their work, study and training goals. The scholarships provide a unique and inclusive opportunity for women who are often excluded from being able to access other funding opportunities due to residency requirements or other eligibility criteria. The scholarship can be used for study at any Registered Training Organisation, providing flexibility for women to identify and work towards their long-term goals for economic safety and security.

To date the scholarship fund has supported over six women to undertake study, enabling them to become one step closer to achieving economic safety for themselves and their families.

To read more about the ACCESS program or to become a volunteer ACCESS Mentor, please visit www.wagec.org.au/access/

For more information, or to get involved, please contact community@rotarydarlingharbour.org.au.