We believe that all children
deserve a bright future.

Children and youth outside the BrigadeSince 1882, we’ve provided a welcoming, safe place for children and youth, aged 5-18, who need a helping hand.

Based in Surry Hills, our programs are open to children, youth and their families living within the City of Sydney local government area. The families who access our services experience a wide range of financial, social, educational and housing challenges.

The Girls & Boys Brigade has three core programs:

  • Children’s Program
  • Youth Program
  • Family Support Program

These programs focus on educational support, recreation, life skills, vocational workshops and tailored assistance for family challenges. Our support starts in primary school and continues until our youth finish high school. Through early intervention and a holistic service model, we respond quickly to the changing needs of our families. This helps children, youth and their families to deal positively with life’s challenges and improve their long-term outcomes in the areas of education, employment, health and wellbeing.

Ultimately, our goal is to build thriving young adults and capable families.

The Girls & Boys Brigade is a non-denominational organisation. We are not affiliated with any religious organisations, nor receive government funding. We rely almost entirely on the generosity of everyday Australians, major donors, corporate partners, trusts and foundations to help us provide our services and programs free of charge. 100 per cent of donations to The Girls & Boys Brigade support programs for children, youth and their families.

Our Outcomes

We help children, youth and families to:

  • Increase their confidence and capabilities.
  • Gain a greater sense of belonging.
  • Improve their social skills.
  • Decrease individual and family stress.
  • Improve their aspirations for the future.
  • Increase their resilience and improve feelings of safety and self-esteem.
Our Outcomes
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. At that time, inner-city living conditions were poor and the boys did not have a safe place to play. Open five nights a week, The Boys Brigade, before it was known as The Girls & Boys Brigade, provided recreational activities, educational classes, food and shelter to any boy in need of assistance.