What We Do

Spare Keys is a groundbreaking charity that provides crisis accommodation, mental health support and essential technology services to Australia’s most vulnerable people. Our core focus is helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence and natural disasters.

We operate by unlocking unused resources that would otherwise go to waste, and making them available to those in need. It’s a win:win situation in which struggling women and children get crisis accommodation, computers, and leisure experiences to boost their mental health at a point of extreme adversity in their lives, and those with spare resources and unsold tickets can put them to good use.

Spare Keys funds the resources through donations, grants and fundraising efforts, and provides them directly to those in need, or through partners. Our service is literally life-changing for women and children escaping domestic violence situations and natural disasters.

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Donate your spare device

Spare computerYour spare computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone isn’t doing anyone any good at the bottom of your cupboard/drawer/bathroom sink/car/who knows where you’re keeping. Donate your device now and we’ll give it to someone who needs it to get their life back on track.

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Donate a night of emergency accomodation, a computer or a life-changing experience Right Now.

Hotel roomRight now, around Australia there are thousands of people staying in violent and abusive situations because they have nowhere else to go. There are many thousands more dealing with trama after escaping violent situations and natural disasters. You can help by donating money now.

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Who We Work With

We partner with tech companies, student accommodation providers, tourism operators, hotels, property developers, BnB’s, airlines and other suppliers who have spare capacity and an ability to help those in need. In the crisis accommodation space Spare Keys acts as a bridge between hotels and individuals who have empty rooms, and emergency and temporary accommodation providers who find rooms for the homeless, victims of domestic violence, families staying away from home whilst their loved ones receive hospital treatment, and other people for whom booking a room at a hotel or on AirBnB is not an option due to cost, or some other form of disadvantage. We also provide essential technology support via access to computers and devices. In the experience space, we help interrupt stress-induced responses to trauma by providing access to activities that are focused on mental wellbeing and togetherness, and provide both mental and physical respite from crisis situations.

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Spare Keys is  Registered Charity

All donations are tax deductible and 100% of the money we raise goes directly to helping those in need.

The Size of the Problem

Right now, in Australia, there are 106,000 homeless people. 60% of them are women, and many of those are homeless because they’re fleeing a domestic violence situation … Each year in Australia thousands of people are displaced due to natural disasters – 20,000+ people had to evacuate as a result of Cyclone Debbie, Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires left more than 7,500 people homeless, and six months after Cyclone Yasi 1,000 people were still unable to live in their homes … Last year in Queensland almost 2,000 families stayed in a Ronald McDonald house because they had a loved one in hospital.