HelpChildren, Youth & Families

A bright future for
all children and youth

In the heart of Surry Hills, our centre caters to children and youth in need and their families. We provide educational and recreational programs that help our families build life skills, overcome challenges and access exciting new opportunities. Through our tailored and holistic approach, we empower families to build the foundations for success.





Children, youth and
families enrolled


Years of
continuous service

Friends of The GBB

Over the past 140 years, we have seen thousands of children and youth through our door in Surry Hills. We’re connecting with our past friends, students, volunteers and staff through the Friends of The GBB program.

Friends of The GBB
Our History
Our History

In 1882, Sir James Fairfax from The Sydney Morning Herald established The Boys Brigade as a safe space off the streets for vulnerable newspaper boys. In that time, inner-city living conditions were poor and boys lacked a safe place to play. Open five nights a week, The Boys Brigade provided recreational activities, educational classes, food and shelter to any boy in need of assistance.

News & Events
Youth Dinner Night with Mr. Bill
Learn about how Tracy fills her time as Programs Manager at The Girls & Boys Brigade.
Tracy Clifton: A day on the job of Programs Manager
Learn about how Tracy fills her time as Programs Manager at The Girls & Boys Brigade.
Newsletter July 2023
The Girls & Boys Brigade building has provided a home away from home for many children through it’s long history. But while our building is certainly a wonderful part of what we do, our…