ABOUT US

RCW is run by a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers and a small team of casual staff. We strive to provide opportunities for women in the Redlands area to be empowered, educated and connected.

Presently we undertake the following core initiatives:

  • The giving of Pink Pamper Packs to those struggling through a difficult time

  • The giving of Nurture Boxes to all women whom birth at the Redlands Hospital

  • Young Parents Connect group for first time young mums aged 15-21

  • ‘Live your Best Life’ 5 week self-development program

  • Topic Nights

  • Coffee & Chat sessions

  • #GirlsGoals program for teenage girls

  • Annual International Women’s Day High Tea

OUR VISION

Women of all ages in the Redlands are empowered and supported to live positive, connected and fulfilling lives.

OUR MISSION

The Redland Centre for Women exists to:

  • Empower women to take charge of and improve their lives, to provide opportunities for education around topics that are important to them, and to connect them with the people, services and programs that will help them to do this,

  • Provide women in the Redlands with a sense of belonging to a community, so they don’t feel isolated in what they’re doing or going through.

  • Give women an opportunity to share their experiences, connect with others who are going through a similar experience, and know that they are not alone in their situation or experience.

We will achieve our purpose by developing and delivering programs and services that are responsive to community needs. We will achieve this through ongoing consultation and collaboration with members, clients and community partners invested in positive health and well-being outcomes for women and families.

OUR VALUES

  • RESPECT – We accept the individual needs, challenges and contributions of all persons. We earn trust by setting high standards of confidentiality, compassion and support.

  • INCLUSION – We support and reflect our community, acknowledging the diversity of people and their challenges, needs and contributions.

  • COLLABORATION – We work hard as a team to achieve optimum results for our clients/members and community. We respect all with whom we interact and honour all voices.

  • ACCESS – We believe in the right of all women and girls to access education, information and support that meets their respective needs, in a safe and welcoming environment.

  • SERVICE – We believe that our clients/members are best served by warm and caring interactions and services, supported by referral to appropriate organisations and agencies.

MEET OUR TEAM

The Redlands Centre for Women is run by a team of dedicated volunteers and casual paid staff, with a common goal to empower, educate and connect women. Take a moment to meet a few of the wonderful people who keep the centre going from strength to strength…

DEBBIE
DEBBIEOffice Admin/Volunteer Coordinator –
Debbie joined the Redlands Centre for Women in June 2018 as casual Office Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator. Debbie’s background is in Community Service in the Redlands, which she has been in for the last 23 years. Debbie is married, has 2 daughters, 1 grandson and 2 granddaughters.

Debbie originally comes from Wales and came to Australia with her parents and sister when she was 11.

SANDI
SANDIPresident –
Sandi is a commercial and property solicitor at McCarthy Durie Lawyers and our President.

Sandi made the Redlands her home 4 years ago and has worked to support the community.

DEBRATreasurer –
Debra is recently retired and decided to take up golf. She joined the Monday and Wednesday ladies’ group at Howeston Golf Course.

That’s where Linda Crane (one of our Members and PPP Co-ordinator) approached her and asked if she was interested in volunteering as Treasurer.

MIRELLA
MIRELLACommittee Members –
Mirella has lived in the Redlands for 16 years and runs a small business with her husband.

I have volunteered at the Redlands Centre for Women since 2015 and have been involved in the High Tea Committee and am also the Events Team Co-ordinator.

I participate in Craft Group, Raw Walk and Coffee Chats and am very passionate about bringing women together in our Community.

SONJA
SONJACommittee Members –
Sonja has lived in the Redland’s for 29 years and joined the Redland Centre for Women in 2018 searching for new friends and connections.

She has been to all Coffee Chat nights and would love to start Craft nights for those who can’t attend day time sessions.

She also started doing RAW walk’s this year and is now the RAW Walk Co-ordinator. She plans to do many more fun adventures with local women.

Sonja says “Love what the Centre is about…

making awesome new friends and doing lots of activities the centre has planned.

CARYN
CARYNCommittee Members –
Info coming soon

OUR HISTORY

Star of the Sea Parish (Cleveland) challenged its parishioners to grow a $100.00 into a sizeable donation to help others in need in our community.   Katrina Beutel took up this challenge and gathered together a group of her friends to form a committee and launch the Pink Pamper Pack (PPP) project. The PPP project aimed to donate two packs per week to women struggling through difficult times. The PPP’s were launched at a High Tea Fundraiser on 8th March 2008.  Sufficient funds were raised to distribute two packs per week for a year.

In November 2011 Pink Pamper Packs became Redlands Centre for Women Incorporated.  A management committee of 10 local Redland’s women were formed to work with Founder and Coordinator Katrina Beutel and Tammie Addley was appointed as the first President of Redland Centre for Women Inc.  In May 2013, Redlands Centre for Women achieved Charity and DGR status.

Please see our Code of Conduct below.

Redlands Centre for Women strives to work within a feminist framework.  This means we strongly value and recognise the importance of women’s unique experiences and expertise. We acknowledge that women live in a society where many structures and systems can discriminate against them.  We value working alongside women in a respectful and collaborative way which values diversity and choice.

2017 Winners of Redland City Council’s Australia Day Awards – Community Organisation of the Year

Testimonial

I became involved with the Redlands Centre for Women 10 years ago as a volunteer. I was wanting to give back and be involved in my local community.

Its been so great to see women feeling empowered to help themselves and others and to see the sense of community and friendship at the centre. it has been a very positive, welcoming and supportive atmosphere.

However, over the years I think I have “taken” so much more from the centre than i have given. Through the centre, I’ve enjoyed the wide range of learning, through workshops, courses, topic nights. and made life-long connections through social events.

It has certainly changed me. The Redlands Centre for Women has made me a more confident, well-rounded person, more open and empathetic. Keep up the good work!

Jody

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General Code of Conduct & Ethics

General Code of Conduct & Ethics

This Code of Conduct and Ethics provides guidelines that will allow the Redlands Centre for Women to provide a safe and supportive environment for staff, volunteers, members, participants and guests to the Centre.

The Code provides a clear understanding of the behaviour expected from all persons entering the Centre for any purpose, program, event or activity.

Attendance at the Centre and participation in any Centre programs, activities or events at any location in the community, implies acceptance of this Code of Conduct and Ethics and is a condition for continued engagement with the Association.

Volunteers, members, staff, participants, contractors & guests agree, at all times to:

  • Abide by and operate within the provisions of the Constitution, policies and rules of the Centre
  • Act in a manner that supports the safety and wellbeing of all persons engaging with the Centre
  • Respect and support the right of all women to be empowered, educated and connected through participation in Centre activities
  • Avoid any behaviour that detracts from or discredits the Centres positive reputation or mission
  • Support the Centre, to the best of their ability, to deliver on its mission and vision
  • Maintain appropriate, courteous, respectful and fair relationships with others
  • Demonstrate respect for the individuality, rights, opinions, beliefs and values of others
  • Avoid any behaviour that initiates, facilitates or condones any form of physical, social or emotional harm to others
  • Avoid any behaviour that initiates, facilitates or condones any form of discrimination or harassment based on nationality, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or marital status
  • Maintain the right to privacy and confidentiality for all persons engaging with the Centre
  • Follow appropriate procedures for making complaints about behaviours, processes or decisions

Staff and Volunteers

Staff and volunteers agree, at all times to:

  • Abide by all provisions of the Redlands Centre for Women’s General Code of Conduct & Ethics (above)
  • In all business conducted under in the name of the Centre, place the interests of the organisation over their own interests of those of any other person or persons;
  • Undertake any training necessary for the competent performance of their duties;
  • Enthusiastically and competently carry out any duties specified by their employee/volunteer contract or as directed by their supervisor
  • In any work carried out for the organisation, follow the directions of their designated supervisors and accept guidance as necessary to ensure safety and efficiency ;
  • Operate in a manner that protects and promotes personal health and safety and the health and safety of others.

Management Committee members

Office Bearers & Management Committee Members agree, at all times to:

  • Abide by all provisions of the Redlands Centre for Women’s General Code of Conduct & Ethics (above)
  • In all business conducted under in the name of the Centre, place the interests of the organisation over their own interests of those of any other person or persons;
  • Undertake any training necessary for the competent performance of their duties;
  • Enthusiastically and competently carry out any duties specified by their position or as directed by their Executive officers
  • Attend all meetings of the Management Committee, and, in the event that they are prevented from attending, notify the Secretary of their absence in advance of the meeting;
  • Shall devote to their duties the amount of time required to carry them out thoroughly and effectively;
  • Operate in a manner that protects and promotes personal health and safety and the health and safety of others.

Read our 2018 AGM report here

RCW Annual report 2018