ACCESS is a six-month mentoring and targeted support program developed by WAGEC. 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 ACCESS?
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 confidence, resilience and capabilities.
Applying to Become a Mentor
Are you over 18 years of age and identify as a woman? Do you have time to dedicate to your mentee and able to attend 12 hours of mentor induction and training? Are you able to commit to attending mentor group supervision (online) 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?
Media Release 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.