EmpoweringChildren, 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.


5000 +



Children, youth and
families enrolled

140 +

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
There is hope and help ahead, thanks to you
Brooke had been unlucky in love, with one bad relationship after the other. When Marcus became abusive to her, The Girls & Boys Brigade stepped in, providing her and her children with the support…
Introducing Curly & Hannah
The GBB has welcomed several new staff members this year, including program coordinators Curly and Hannah. While their backgrounds are different, they are unified in their efforts to provide great programs for young people.
Newsletter April 2024
The programs team at the GBB help motivate, encourage, and provide opportunities for young people to try new things outside of their comfort zone. But on a recent camp, these roles reversed as the…