“Connecting vulnerable women so they believe they matter.”
“Our mission is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for vulnerable women who may be experiencing homelessness or disadvantage.
A place of safety, dignity, and acceptance that will empower women to rebuild and transform their lives.
A home-like drop-in center where women are encouraged to self-determine through connection and support.”
DIGNITY • STRENGTH • COMPASSION
We provide a safe, non-judgmental environment that offers respect and dignity for all women to access essential practical and emotional supports.
We embrace women of all cultures, backgrounds and religions. We promote client centred, culturally responsive, individualised support that meet the diverse needs of all women.
We offer a safe home like environment that encourages trust as the foundation of recovery and rebuilding lives. We prioritise physical and emotional safety in all aspects of our service to create a safe working environment.
We value honesty and fairness and strive for transparency and accountability in all that we do.
We work closely with the community to promote holistic and sustainable outcomes for a better future and a sense of connectedness.
We believe strongly in partnering for impact and work collaboratively to build positive, professional and respectful relationships to achieve mutually agreed goals
We embrace creative opportunities to utilise resources and are committed to responding to identified gaps to support vulnerable women in the community disadvantage.
Protea Place Inc. is a local Toowoomba charity, established in late 2018 to assist vulnerable women in the region. Founder and CEO, Amanda Dalton, created the initiative based on over 20 years of experience in the social services sector after identifying significant gaps and the need to provide support services specific to women. The organisation was formed by a proactive group of local women who were passionate about creating tangible change for women in need. The foundational program of Protea Place Women’s Support Centre opened its doors in September 2019. This was made possible by a large number of businesses, trades and providers who quickly stepped up to complete a total renovation and upgrade of the facility within just 4 weeks. Two local construction companies teamed up to cover the rent for the first 2 years to help us get up and running. Originally named The Toowoomba Women’s Collective Inc. and later changed to Protea Place Inc in November 2020 to reflect the strong connection and reputation of the work of Protea Place WSC.
As Toowoomba’s only Women’s Centre, Protea Place quickly established itself as a hub for women in need with referrals coming in from numerous funded programs, Government agencies and word of mouth self-referrals. Commencing initially with 2 days of service per week, and quickly expanding to 5 days per week within 6 months of opening due. This was possible thanks to the generosity and support of the Toowoomba community and a number of successful community grants.
Initially developed in response to the growing numbers of women over 55 experiencing homelessness, Protea Place rapidly evolved with the presenting needs of women attending. All women over 18 without accompanying children are welcome at Protea Place. Women who present in crisis with children will be warmly welcomed in and assisted with appropriate referrals.
No one will be left on the doorstep.
Protea Place currently receives no government funding and is made possible by community financial donations, sponsorship, community grants and active fundraising.