The Karratha Women’s Place Inc. aims to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of women living in the City of Karratha by providing a range of programs, activities and services that will empower women of all ages, religions, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds.
History of The Karratha Women’s Place
The Karratha Women’s Place was founded by Dee Van Beek.
Upon moving to Karratha in 2009, Dee quickly realised how socially isolating it can be for women living in the area – their partners or husbands often work long shifts, and they have often moved away from family and friends. To reduce feelings of social isolation and loneliness, they find themselves needing to re-form social networks, which can be particularly difficult if they do not have school-aged children.
As a consequence, in October 2009, Dee formed a ‘Coffee & Chat’ group for women to meet up at Muffin Break in the Karratha Centro Shopping Centre on Saturday mornings. Dee’s idea and passion to help increase social connectedness for women became more focused in February 2012 when she visited the Women’s Wellness Centre in South Hedland. This sparked Dee’s imagination, and her vision of a similar centre here in Karratha was born!!
Despite dedicating a number of years working towards establishing the Karratha Women’s Wellness Centre, a lack of funding and, consequently, a redundancy in 2017 made it seem like this unique service for women would no longer come to fruition. However, Dee didn’t give up on her vision, and in 2018, she invited various strong women to come together and form a Board for what would become the Karratha Women’s Place Inc.
It hasn’t been an easy journey, and there have been many bumps in the road, but after many years of dedication, hard work, persistence, enthusiasm and passion, on the 8th of March 2019, the Karratha Women’s Place Inc. opened its doors for women of all ages, cultural backgrounds, religions and sexual orientations, living in the City of Karratha.