Our Story

Our Story

Supporting Women and Children of the Hawkesbury Area Since 1983

The Women’s Cottage is a community based support and resource centre, run by women, for women (and their children) who live, work or study in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area and its immediate surrounds.
In 1983, the Cottage opened its doors for the first time in premises at Windsor Street, Richmond. In 1986, The Women’s Cottage moved to the current premises here at 22 Bosworth Street, Richmond. Over the years the Cottage has grown, along with the population in the Hawkesbury. There are currently up to 12 part-time staff, students and volunteers supporting the services provided at The Cottage. And almost 40 years since we started we continue to provide services to Hawkesbury Women.

The Women’s Cottage is a feminist organisation that promotes strength based and trauma informed approaches while working within a feminist framework. Women are acknowledged as experts in their own lives. The Women’s Cottage is committed to our role as advocate for social justice, for women and children in this community.

The Women’s Cottage is a place where all women, regardless of age, class, race, religion, or sexual preference, are valued and treated as equal. It is a place for women to nurture themselves, a place of safety, and a place to learn and grow. It is not a place for “one type of woman”, but for all women.
It is a place that believes that access and equity are more than ideas and principles; they determine how we operate and what we offer. The Women’s Cottage is an information, resource, referral, and advocacy service for women and children living, working, and /or studying in the Hawkesbury.

Our services are funded by The NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and the Federal Department of Social Services (DSS) and community donations.