Every Woman Can


Local Herstory

YWCA of Hamilton is committed to empowering women, especially young women, within the wider community of women to make positive choices in order to affect social change.

In practice this means that we offer programmes and workshops in variety of topics to young women aged 15-30 years. Throughout the year we run events celebrating women’s empowerment. We also offer scholarships to young women.

In addition to our activities for young women we also provide services for the rest of the community: our Mobile Meals delivers fresh and frozen meals to those who are unable to cook for themselves; our hostel accepts both men and women as either short or long term residents; and our venue hire is open to groups and individuals needing a space for either ongoing programmes or one-off events.

We are part of a global network of women leading social and economic change in 125 countries worldwide. We reach more than 25 million women and girls through work in 22,000 communities, developing women's leadership to find local solutions to the global inequalities women face

We are a not-for profit charity, so donations of any kind are always welcome. And we are always looking for volunteer drivers to help us deliver Mobile Meals.

The YWCA was separately incorporated from the YMCA in Hamilton on 16 May 1943.  We have owned our property on the corner of Clarence and Pembroke Streets, Hamilton, since 1954.

Read about the history of our two buildings, which gained Historic Places Category II registration on April 30, 2010.  They are Bishopscourt and the Chapel/Te Whare Wahine.

You can read our latest Annual Report here.


We gratefully acknowledge the following grants and donations made by our members, friends and other individual supporters.

  • Trust Waikato - Te Puna O Waikato

  • WEL Energy Trust

  • WDFF Karamu Trust

  • Tindall Foundation via Community Waikato

  • Len Reynolds Trust via Community Waikato

  • Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate

  • Sky City Hamilton Community Trust

  • The Norah Howell Charitable Trust

  • Community Post Envelopes

  • Curnow Tizard – Registered Valuers – Analyst

  • Deloitte

  • Hamilton City Council – Multi Year Grant 2018-2021

  • The Page Charitable Trust

  • Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)

  • Lottery Grants Board

    • Lottery Community

    • Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS)

    • Lottery Community Facilites

  • Mahjong Club

  • Waikato Lyceum Charitable Trust

  • Glenice and John Gallagher Foundation

  • G McEwan

  • T Reardon

  • A Sayers