Spotlight on a Cause: Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre


Last month, during the flurry that was the week of International Women’s Day activities and celebrations, I met Jane Hegarty from Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre. We were sat next to one another at an IWD breakfast we were both speaking at, and I had the pleasure of learning about the amazing work that Zig Zag is doing for young women here in Southeast Queensland. I was so inspired by the work they’re doing, I signed up to be a member straight away.

A place of healing, support and social action for young women

In operation since 1988, Zig Zag is a community based not-for-profit organisation that provides a number of services to young women who have experienced sexual assault and/or are at risk of homelessness. The organisation provides a place of healing, support, and social action and change for women aged between 12 and 25 years.


Zig Zag provides a range of services to women in the wider Brisbane region including:

  • A medium-term housing service for young women aged between 16 and 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Counselling and support to young women aged between 12 and 25 years who have experienced sexual assault or abuse at some stage in their lives.
  • A resource library for any young woman accessing the service.

Zig Zag operates from a feminist perspective and strongly values and recognises the importance of young women’s unique experiences and expertise. I am a huge fan of a ‘rights based’ approaches in community development, which seeks to empower rights holders (the young women) while also strengthening the capacity of those whose duty it is to provide those rights (e.g. human services workers). This is strongly reflected in Zig Zag’s mission.

The Zig Zag Sexual Assault Service offers a range of services to the community including:

• Counseling and support
• Group work
• Community education
• Professional training
• Information resources for young women and for workers

There are also some great resources available on the site for young women, as well as useful information for human services workers and professionals working with young women who have experienced sexual abuse.

Jane and her team are a passionate group and are making a tremendous difference to the lives of young women in Southeast Queensland who have experienced significant trauma.

Zig Zag receives some government funding, but do also rely on donations from the public. If you would like to donate to Zig Zag, click here to make a (tax deductible) donation.

 You can also become a member of Zig Zag, by filling in the membership form found here.

Spotlight on a Cause is a monthly series featuring a great project or cause that I think my readers will find interesting and may potentially wish to support. If you have any suggestions for causes I should consider featuring, please pop them in the comments section below.


  • Jessie Wells

    Thanks for making me aware of this organisation and the great things they’re doing in Brisbane! Their website and research papers do a great job of showing the links among many of the issues that young women face – especially the links between sexual abuse and homelessness. Great to have the chance to support them in this work.

    • Carly

      Pleasure, Jessie! They’re such a great organisation. And I’m sure they’re very much appreciative of any support you (and anyone) can give. xx

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