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ACCESS Program

ACCESS provides pathways to work, training and education opportunities for women in Sydney impacted by homelessness, domestic and family violence, and social disadvantage.

What is the ACCESS Program?

Through one-on-one mentoring and tailored learning opportunities, ACCESS supports women to improve their confidence, economic safety, and wellbeing. ACCESS offers an innovative and responsive model of support to women by facilitating access to the next step in their journey towards economic safety. The program seeks to:

- increase women’s economic opportunities

- improve women’s health and wellbeing

- build on women’s strengths to improve their knowledge, skills, confidence and capabilities.

Apply to become a Mentor

You can apply to become a mentor if you are:

- over 18 years of age and identify as a woman

- have time to dedicate to your mentee

- able to attend 9 hours of mentor induction and training

- able to commit to attending mentor group supervision every 6 weeks and providing mentoring reports to WAGEC every 6 weeks, and

- willing to undergo our volunteer onboarding process for your safety, our safety and the safety of our clients.

Applications are now open. To read the full volunteer position description and to apply, click below.

Media and Press

“My mentor speaks my language – for women whose English is not that great, it would be great for them to have a mentor who speaks their same language” - ACCESS Mentee

In 2021, the program aims to attract more mentors from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Women participating as mentees in the pilot round of ACCESS came from a range of diverse cultural and language backgrounds, with almost 60% of mentees speaking other languages in addition to English and almost 70% of whom were born outside of Australia.