YWCA Canberra’s Computer Clubhouse in Richardson

“The Canberra Liberals want disadvantaged children and young people in our community to have the opportunity to learn and develop information technology skills”

Nicole Lawder MLA

Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services


The problem

YWCA Canberra operates a Computer Clubhouse in Richardson, Tuggeranong.[1] The Clubhouse Network is an international community of 100 Clubhouses located in 19 countries, providing young people with life-changing opportunities.[2] The Clubhouse mission is to provide a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from disadvantaged communities work with adult mentors to develop new skills and build self-confidence through the use of technology.[3]

The YWCA Computer Clubhouse in Richardson (the Clubhouse) opened in October 2014. As at 18 August 2016, the Clubhouse had just under 160 members registered. 58 percent of the Clubhouse’s members are in high school or college, and 42 percent are in primary school.

Members of the Clubhouse have the opportunity after school and during school holidays to work with high-tech tools, industry mentors, and to drive their own projects. Many of the Clubhouse’s members don’t have access to the internet at home. The Clubhouse aims to stop children from disengaging from school, as well as to teach young people information technology skills that they need for their education and for future work opportunities.


The need

Additional funding will be used for purchase or leasing of computer equipment, office furniture and software. It will also allow employment of a qualified youth worker as the Clubhouse Coordinator and can be used for other purposes essential to the success of the service. Having a coordinator who is a qualified youth worker means that they can do soft referrals for the children and young people who are members of the Clubhouse.


The Canberra Liberals solution

The Canberra Liberals will provide a one off grant of $25,000 in 2017-18 and recurrent funding of $75,000 starting in 2017-18. This will help the Clubhouse employ a qualified youth worker as the Clubhouse Coordinator.


“YWCA Canberra’s Clubhouse in Richardson does fantastic work in our community by helping disadvantaged children and young people in Tuggeranong to connect with mentors and learn skills for the future”

Nicole Lawder MLA

Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services



1 https://ywca-canberra.org.au/community-services/child-youth-and-community-services/ywca-computer-clubhouse/

2 See http://www.computerclubhouse.org/

3 See http://www.computerclubhouse.org/mission