Service Description

B Miles Women’s Foundation is a Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS) that operates within the City of Sydney Local Government Area. BMWF supports women living with a mental illness who are experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of homelessness.

The Foundation’s primary objectives are to resolve and prevent homelessness by providing flexible service delivery comprised of:

Crisis accommodation
Transitional housing and
Outreach support

B Miles Women’s Foundation works in collaboration with mainstream services and housing providers using an integrated, client-centred approach that is tailored in intensity and duration based on the particular circumstances of each woman, and her experiences and choices.  The Foundation’s programs assist women to stabilise their circumstances, to build their capacity to maintain or progress to longer-term living arrangements, and to sustain mental health stability.

Statements of Commitment

Our general commitments to providing flexible services aiming to resolve and prevent homelessness and to working in partnerships in a respectful way that protects dignity, is fair, and does not discriminate are covered on this page.

In addition to our general commitments, B Miles Women’s Foundation has made specific commitments to honour particular groups whom may often face issues of additional vulnerability and discrimination.

Our Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People is aligned with the acknowledgments and commitments created by the NSW SHS Aboriginal Reference Group in November 2017. The Redressing Aboriginal Homelessness Accord was signed by BMWF in August 2019 and serves as a reminder to our ongoing commitments towards redressing homelessness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our Statement of Commitment to LGBTIQA+ People is reflected in our inclusive practices as described within our Client Charter of Rights and Responsibilities. BMWF remains committed to going beyond being a service that is merely LGBTIQA+ friendly to one that is LGBTIQA+ inclusive while reassuring LGBTIQA+ consumers and staff that BMWF is aware of, is responsive to and is understanding of their needs.

Our Statement of Commitment to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People is also reflected in our inclusive practices as described within our Client Charter of Rights and Responsibilities. BMWF remains committed to bridging the gaps in access to services and support for those within the CALD community by providing culturally responsive care to all consumers, stakeholders, and staff that work with BMWF.

Vision Statement

Achieve excellence in the provision of housing and support services to homeless women and women at risk of homelessness who are living with a mental illness.

Ensure clients are supported in safe and affordable housing while continuing to assist women with recovery.

Board of Management

B Miles Women’s Foundation is governed by a Board of Management who are formally elected in accordance with B Miles Women’s Foundation’s Constitution. The Board provides leadership and ensures that governance requirements are achieved. The Board is also responsible to ensure that B Miles Women’s Foundation is viable and has effective risk management measures in place.

The Board of Management oversees and monitors:

Risk Management
Performance against plans and budgets
The organisations values, vision and purpose

Robyn Fortescue


Robyn has held executive positions on B Miles Women’s Foundation’s Board of Management for many years including the positions of Secretary and Chairperson.

Robyn has a background in industrial relations and is the Assistant State Secretary for the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union.

Brendan Dunne


Brendan has a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

He has held senior roles within Australia and internationally with a background in Finance, Risk, Strategy and Transformation and is employed by Allianz Australia as General Manager Strategy and Transformation.

Simon Chapple

Ordinary Member

Simon is a barrister with a practice in succession law, elder law, property law, general commercial law, corporations’ law, consumer protection law and administrative law.

Simon graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Law. In 2010 Simon was awarded a PhD from the University of New South Wales. He is an adjunct Fellow in the law faculty at University of Western Sydney.

Renee Bianchi

Ordinary Member

Renee is a barrister with a diverse practice in common law, commercial and equity matters, including the areas of professional negligence, product liability, insurance, general commercial and succession law.

Renée has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) from the University of Newcastle. Renée was the President of NSW Young Lawyers in 2016 and is currently the Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Young Lawyers Committee. Renée is also an active volunteer with Girl Guides Australia and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, having been involved for over 20 years.

George Quinn

Ordinary Member

George is a registered nurse and has a Masters Degrees in Public Health from University of Sydney and an Arts Degree (Hons) with a Philosophy major from the University of NSW.

He is currently the Secretary for Bushwalking New South Wales. He is the former President of the Coast and Mountain Bushwalking Club. In his former clinical, senior and team management positions with St Vincents Mental Health Service he has had an association with B Miles Women’s Foundation spanning twenty years.

Kate Dennis

Ordinary Member

Kate is a corporate communications and public relations practitioner with 20 years’ experience from the corporate, government and education sectors.

Kate holds a Master’s in Business (Marketing) from UTS, a Graduate Certificate of Change Management from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Communications from Charles Sturt University.

Download our Annual Report

2020 (PDF)


The Board of Management, staff and women accessing the services and programs of B Miles Women’s Foundation would like to extend gratitude and appreciation to:

  • Ashfield Catholic Club 
  • Ashfield RSL 
  • City of Sydney Bowlers Club 
  • City of Sydney RSL
  • City Tattersalls Club
  • Coogee Randwick RSL 
  • Inner West Council
  • Maroubra Seals Club
  • Petersham RSL
  • Randwick Labour Club 
  • Randwick City Council
  • South Sydney Juniors
  • Streetsmart
  • Scentre Group
  • Westfield
  • Westpac Bank 



St Vincents Mental Health Service

B Miles Women’s Foundation has been working in partnership with St Vincent’s Mental Health Service (SVMHS) since 2005 to provide recovery-focused services and to ensure that women experiencing homelessness receive access to quality mental health treatment, support and housing. The Foundation collaborates with SVMHS to assist women throughout their transition from homelessness to independent living with appropriate support at each stage of recovery.


Metro Community Housing

The partnership with Metro Community Housing provides access to properties in Sydney’s inner west for women who are living with a mental illness. In order to be nominated for one of these properties, women must be approved for long-term housing through Housing Pathways and must be awaiting allocation. The Foundation is able to accommodate and support tenants for 3 to 12 months in these properties.


St George Community Housing

In partnership with St George Community Housing, B Miles Women’s Foundation has properties in suburbs including Annandale, Camperdown, Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Glebe, Kensington, Randwick, Potts Point and Surry Hills. The Foundation accommodates and supports tenants for 3 to 12 months while tenants are supported to secure longer-term accommodation.


Homelessness NSW Good Practice Award 2020 for Excellence in Ending Homelessness (groups with specific needs)

Won by the Inner City Service for Women with Complex Needs (ICSWCN).

2018 Homelessness NSW Award for Excellence in Ending Homelessness (Diverse Groups)

2015 Mental Health Matters Awards

Certificate of Commendation in the category Mental Health Promotion and Wellbeing. Awarded by NSW Mental Health Association and Mental Health Commission NSW.

2010 Mental Health Matters Award

Awarded by the NSW Mental Health Association for Cross Sector Collaboration to B Miles Women’s Foundation.

2010 Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Service Achievement Award

Awarded by The Mental Health Services Conference in the category entitled – NGO Provided Service. B Miles Women’s Foundation received a silver award in recognition of effective service redesign and partnership to bring about recovery oriented coordinated care for women with a mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

2009 NSW Premier’s Award

City Women’s Hostel (B Miles Supported Accommodation) was a finalist for the NSW Premier’s Award.

2008 Award for Innovation

Awarded by St Vincent’s Mental Health Service to City Women’s Hostel (B Miles Supported Accommodation) for success of working in partnership to meet the needs of mutual clients.

The B Miles Story

B Miles Women’s Foundation is named after a woman by the name of Beatrice Miles who was born in 1902.

Bee was her preferred name. Bee was well known in the eastern suburbs of Sydney where she slept in streets and parks. Bee was a poet and a writer. Some of her works are now in the NSW State Library. Author Kate Grenville wrote ‘Lillian’s Story’ which was based loosely on Bee’s life. The book was later made into a movie starring the late Ruth Cracknell. Bee passed away in 1973.

Inner City Service for Women with Complex Needs (ICSWCN)

B Miles Women’s Foundation is the Lead Agent for the Inner City Service for Women with Complex Needs package (ICSWCN); a NSW Government funded initiative under the Specialist Homelessness Services Program.

In addition to providing services for women living with a mental illness, B Miles Women’s Foundation contracts other agencies to provide a range of specialist service responses to women who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Service provision is directed towards:

  • Women experiencing mental ill health
  • Women impacted by the criminal justice system
  • Women recovering from substance dependency

ICSWCN offers a range of specialist service responses to women including:

  • Short-term supported accommodation designed to support recovery in preparation for independent living
  • Transitional housing
  • Case Management programs focused on relapse prevention, care co-ordination and advocacy
  • Outreach services to support women to maintain housing and stabilise their circumstances
  • Opportunities for access to clinical support programs, social/recreational activities and community participation

For more information on this project, please phone 1800 274 984 or visit the websites of contributing agencies; Community Restorative Centre and Detour House Inc.

Community Restorative Centre

Detour House, Caring for women in need


Connect with us

Mental Healthline
NSW 24hr

1800 011 511

Go to nrsch website

B Miles Women’s Foundation holds Certificate level Australian Service Excellence Standards accreditation. This independent accreditation process provides our stakeholders assurance that a commitment to quality underpins every level of our service.