What We Do
Launceston Women’s Shelter Inc. Trading as Magnolia Place LWS is a Specialist Homelessness Service working within the Tasmanian Governments Housing Connect System. We provide Supported Crisis Accommodation to women and their children and/or women alone who are experiencing homelessness and/or family violence.
We aim to provide a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for women and children.
We are committed to improving the lives of our clients. The Magnolia Place LWS Women’s Support workers provide practical and emotional support, advocacy and information and referrals for clients during their stay.
Our team offer support to enable women and children to develop skills, and strategies for survival that they can use when they re-enter the wider community. Women’s Support workers aim to assist women to address the stress and trauma behind their current situations, as well as to enhance their resilience in coping with daily physical, mental and emotional stressors, and other life-limiting conditions.
Family Support Workers work to support, advocate for, and enhance the lives of children and youth. They support the mums to deal with parenting and behavioural issues, organise weekly playgroup, provide holiday activities, expressive arts therapy, and work to overcome the effects of trauma on children’s lives through therapeutic emotional support.
To be leading advocate for a community free of homelessness and family violence.
The first formal public meeting to discuss the formation of a women’s refuge in the City of Launceston was held at the Town Hall on 6th June 1975. It was noteworthy that 40 years later a civic reception was held also at the Town Hall to mark the milestone of the 40 years that the Shelter had been operational. The Launceston Women’s Shelter began in Brisbane Street on 3rd September 1975 although the property was deemed to be too small. The shelter remained at this premises for three years, moving to much larger house at 69 High Street on 16th August 1978. The shelter remained at High Street for twenty-one years before relocating to the present site in September 1999. At the present shelter site all accommodation consists of separate self-contained units, unlike the shared rooms of the past. Shortly after the move in 1999 the Launceston Women’s Shelter Incorporated, registered a trading name of Magnolia Place LWS, with the location to be kept confidential.
The 40th anniversary held October 2015 was to recognise the commitment and compassion of the many staff and Board members, who have been involved with the shelter since it’s humble beginnings. We paid tribute to the Launceston Community who first worked to ensure a shelter became available, and who continue with their support to this day, as well as continued support from Government at all levels. It was also to recognise the brave women and children in our community who have for so many years needed the safe haven of the Shelter, where they know they will be respected and supported.