UNITED 2017 “Better Together”

City Women Illawarra is a network of women working together for the betterment of the city. Our mission is to:

  • Unify and network women across the Illawarra.
  • Inspire, empower and mobilise women across the City.
  • Generate awareness about social issues and honour the good works of established organisations

Better Together

Each year, City Women Illawarra hold an event called UNITED to unify the network across the Illawara to be inspired, empowered and mobilised.

Our 2017 theme is “Better Together” to emphasise the importance of working together to achieve greater impacts on our region. UNITED 2017 will be held on 16 September 2017 2-5pm at Cedars Christian College.

Key Note Speaker
Letitia Shelton (CEO of City Women)
Healing the pain of a city

Special Guests Community Leaders 
(Marianne Saliba – Mayor of Shellharbour City, Michelle Green – wife of NSW parliamentarian Paul Green  and more)
Activating your influence
How you can impact government, community, media, youth, women and education in our region.

Early Bird tickets (until 19th of August) – group of 10 tickets for $200

Normal tickets – group of 10 tickets for $250 Single tickets for $30




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UNITED 2016 “Too Much Too Young”


UNITED 2016 “Too Much Too Young” aims to gather, equip and mobile our men & women of all ages and backgrounds to make our city a safer place. We believe NOW is the time. As parents, families, schools, churches & communities, we must start talking about porn & its consequences for our young people.

As a city, together we can help this generation to become what they are designed to be… Healthy, Courageous, Victories & Free!

  • Where: Cedars Christian College, Waples Rd, Farmborough Heights
  • When: Saturday, 24 September from 2 to 6pm
  • Speaker: Melinda Tankard Reist
  • Tickets: Early Bird (until 31 July) $400 for 10, Individual is $55 per person, Senior is $25 per person.

Go to our online booking to reserve your individual or table today.

Contact for information on tickets and sponsorship.

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Our sponsors:

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Latest Updates

For those who have been involved running Gingerbread event in Illawarra, this gathering might benefit for you. You will hear stories from each other, explore how culture is shifting and brainstorm how you can put on your best.
Date: Saturday 7th October, 2:00 - 4:30pm
Cost: $5 (pay on the day)
Location: To be confirmed
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During UNITED, Letitia Shelton launched Bella Rae sub-a-school campaign for Illawarra schools. We had so many people responses and we aim to cover 26 schools by end of October and WE DID IT!
Well done Illawarra! We are proud of you and we are truly #BetterTogether.
We are so happy that you and I have proven ourselves we can do something together for our girls here in Illawarra.

Go to if you want to find further info about this fresh new positive message girls magazine (that now shipping to US and New Zealand).
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Catching up with UNITED team for a debrief how we can be better again next year.
You know you have a great team when they not only give you feedback and honesty, but a promise to be with you together on the next journey.
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So great to see so many passionate SHINE and STRENGTH facilitators equipping and training women and men to run SHINE & STRENGTH. A snapshot of some of the training courses over the past few months have included: -Paris (Shine: June) -London (Shine: July) -Sydney (Shine & Strength: August) -London, Amsterdam & Copenhagen (Shine: September) More training to follow in: -N Iraq and Melbourne (October: Shine & Strength) -Sydney (November: Shine & Strength). To register for training in Melbourne & Sydney follow this link: If you would like to support training in N Iraq, follow this link: So inspiring to see so many women and men turn up passionate about equipping and empowering people to understand their worth, strength and purpose and the fact that we all have significance, resilience and courage to impact our world for good ❤️ If you would like to get trained, more dates will be announced soon. Keep an eye on this page for more details or email your local Shine team.

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Someone needs to tell our girls that their lives are valuable and they deserve to be treated as one.
These beautiful ladies serve Shine at Albion Park High.👏💓
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Our first 10 Shine girls at Farmborough Primary School are celebrating their last day of Shine today. The principal asked them what they had learned and how it has changed their behaviours and relationships with each other. Their responses were FANTASTIC! They talked about their worth and that everyone is valuable. They are now become friends and greatly improved relationships with each other.
WELL DONE Szalla family. Mother, son and daughter - serving together as a team. 💜
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Oakflat High last day of Shine 2017 💕
We love you girls. You have WORTH, STRENGTH, and PURPOSE.
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UNITED 2015 “Arise”

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Let’s Celebrate!
Come and hear what God is doing in Illawarra.
On Saturday, 5th of September we are going to have our second annual UNITED event.
The theme for this year is Arise. We believe is the time for us, the women of Illawarra to rise and make positive impact in this region.

    Waples Rd, Farmborough Heights
  • When: 5th of September 2015, 6-9PM
  • Speaker: Liz Hamilton, the founder of Bella Magazine

Ticket is $40 for this dinner event. Group tickets price is available.

Please contact or Heloisa (0421 376 978) to reserve your tickets.

Like our Facebook site to receive news update on the event and what we do.

SHINEGirl Training

On Saturday, Feb 21st, City Women Illawarra held a SHINEGirl team training workshop. The SHINEGirl Program will soon be running in a few of our Illawarra High Schools!

This video is from Rebecca Updike who is the national coordinator for the SHINE and STRENGTH programs.

Shine Training from City Women Illawarra.

If you wish to be involved with SHINEGirl in the Illawarra, please contact us.

Stay tuned for updates!

Let us be United

The launch of City Women Illawarra saw over 200 women from different churches across the region come together to be UNITED. As well as enjoying a scrumptious and beautifully arranged High Tea the ladies heard a powerful and motivating message from Letitia Shelton, founder of City Women Toowoomba. While some of the content may have been confronting, the message Letitia brought home is that it is our job to work together and get out there to make the city a safer and better place.

As well as a mobilizing message, City Women Illawarra threw out the challenge to anyone who was willing to invest in the future of the girls of our region by funding the start-up of Shine in new schools. We were overwhelmed by the response and are looking forward to establishing this life changing program in as many as 7 schools across the region in the near future. We also have a list of passionate and motivated volunteers ready to work together for the betterment of our region, and we look forward to hosting a workshop on establishing and running Shine programs.

The vision of City Women Illawarra is to facilitate a network of women working together for the betterment of the city. We believe our launch event UNITED was the start of this process and can’t wait to see where God leads us on this journey. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, talents and support to making UNITED such a wonderful event … and thank you to all the City Women who attended.

We look forward to working with you in the future for the betterment of the Illawarra.

City Women Illawarra Launch – 13 September 2014 from City Women Illawarra on Vimeo.

City Women Illawarra would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors and supporters of UNITED:


Presence: Monthly Prayer Meeting

Prayer is the foundation of City Women Illawarra. If you have a heart for the Illawarra, and seeing transformation in your own community, please join us for Presence.

We are praying for the needs of our city, unity, leaders and to see God move in a powerful was across the Illawarra.

Where: 39 Bridge St, Coniston
When: 1st Monday of each month.

Prayer meeting: 10 – 11am
Morning tea: 11 – 12pm

Contact: Heloisa Nuske 0421 376 978

Presence Postcard

Launch – September 2014

Letitia SheltonCity Women Illawarra is connecting women with vision for the needs of the community. Women who want the tools and resources to make a difference in their own city, and a positive impact across the Illawarra region.

Our first event will introduce Letitia Shelton, founder of City Women Toowoomba. Letitia and her team work tirelessly to encourage, empower and value the women and girls of Toowoomba. Starting with the Shine program in schools across the region, City Women Toowoomba has expanded to include a popular full-colour magazine called “Bella”, which encourages young women to be who they are and provides an alternative to explicit modern day magazines.

Another great ministry is the Girls Getaway. This weekend away engages young women from 12 to 15 years of age, where they can experience fun, friendship and acceptance. It creates an environment which acts as a vehicle for building positive attitudes for life.

These are just two examples of the amazing work of City Women Toowoomba.

Please join us in September 2014 for the launch. (The exact location and date will be announced soon.)