Global Sisters has created a scalable model that allows for national reach and accessibility via our Online programs and Hub (face-to-face) programs. We’ve successfully launched and delivered our programs in communities across the eastern seaboard to regional Victoria and offer our online program to women all across Australia. We have new Hubs popping up across the country and are ready for your community to be part of this extraordinary movement to #BackHerBrilliance.
Hubs are communities, or areas, in urban, regional, and remote Australia where we support women’s economic participation and security through business creation and development. These communities are diverse, each with its own unique history, needs, assets and opportunities.
The governance of the Hubs is a decentralised social franchise model. The Hub is a collective of organisations, groups and individuals who are already key to the local business ecosystem. Each Hub is connected to Global Sisters via a local Hub Ambassador and championed locally by a Hub Advocate. They are supported by the Global Sisters team who connects them with the resources, programs, networks, and tools needed for a successful Hub. Read more
How Global Sisters is supporting Australia’s economic recovery and creating new jobs for women in our communities
The economic recovery and new economy that will emerge from COVID requires us to look at how we access employment and what kind of employment is available. Women’s over-representation in casual work means they have been hard hit by the COVID-19 recession, and women’s over-representation in caring roles often makes it harder for women to find paid work that fits with their responsibilities.
The problem communities are facing is that the COVID-19 pandemic comes on the back of years of drought and bushfires, which have already visibly crippled livelihoods and impacted community wellbeing, especially in regional and rural areas. There is an urgent need for a holistic solution, not just to help communities recover from each of these crises and disasters, but to back communities in actively creating a more sustainable and resilient future.
Global Sisters operates in urban, regional and remote communities across Australia, providing place-based, face-to-face and online support to women to make business possible. Our Regional Hubs are the communities that we work in, and with, to increase economic participation for women through business creation.
Each of these communities has unique needs, assets and opportunities. And that’s where the Global Sisters In-A-Box model comes in.
“The reason we offer place-based programs is that when you see ten, then twenty, then fifty, then one hundred plus women-led businesses in a geographically defined area, you will see communities transform. You will see not only an increase in jobs, but also the social good that is created through businesses that are meeting local needs and the social capital of women running businesses”
Heather Thomson, Chief Operating Officer, Global Sisters
One of these Hubs is Wyndham, one of the fastest growing Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Victoria. Wyndham is a large area of Western Melbourne that includes areas with low SEIFA (Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas) disadvantage scores and higher averages of female unemployment than Melbourne averages. Currently the population of the Wyndham LGA is over 255,000 and is expected to grow to over 355,000 by 2026. The driver of the growth is relatively affordable housing. It’s also one of the most diverse LGAs in Melbourne, with a high percentage of refugees and migrants. The diversity is embraced and valued as a core strength of the community.
Global Sisters commenced working in the area in 2017 with migrant women in Hoppers Crossing through our partner HACN. Wyndham Council is a progressive council that is developing a considered, future-focused social and economic inclusion plan. In conversations with the Council in 2019, it became clear that their local goals around economic inclusion and development of the area included a focus on new businesses and entrepreneurship. Throughout 2019, we worked in collaboration with the Wyndham City Council to offer our programs, running My Big Idea workshops and Sister School from their newly constructed Western Leisure Centre.
The alignment of our goals, and the locally identified need to create new businesses that address the needs of the rapidly growing population (particularly in sectors such as health and wellbeing, F&B and retail) led to the establishment of the Hub in Wyndham.
We have been welcomed in by the Council and other key stakeholders in the community and our business ecosystem including Wyndham Community Education Centre, Gordon TAFE and The Smith Family.
“Global Sisters is a key part of our response to the economic recovery from COVID”
Janelle, Community Health, Wellbeing and Safety team, Wyndham Council
Our local home in Wyndham is at the Tarneit Community Learning Centre (part of the Julia Gillard Library). This Council space was designed to be a place for entrepreneurship, innovation and networking and invited Global Sisters to be an activator of this space. Having a co-working and co-learning space is essential to our Regional Hubs, and whilst face-to-face activities have been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will become the focal point for Sisters to connect and access our business education, face-to-face business meet ups and connection events.
Our Wyndham Community Ambassador is Bettina Mitchell. She is well-connected in the community, experienced in business and leads by example.
Over the next three years, the Wyndham Regional Hub will make business possible for 288 women by providing the My Big Idea workshop. Around 180 women are expected to graduate from Sister School into our roadmap of Incubate and Accelerate support that includes on-going business education, microfinance, sales & marketing and coaching.
“My passion is learning and educating. I want to inspire women to secure financial wellbeing through doing passion projects for profit. I am an avid learner, a serial entrepreneur, a project manager and mentor”
Bettina, Global Sisters Community Ambassador, Wyndham