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Neighbourhood centres celebrate local community

Childers Neighbourhood Centre
Del Styles and Lesley Behan enjoy their time at the Childers Neighbourhood Centre.

Local neighbourhood centres play a pivotal role in the community, providing friendly, localised access to individual, family and community services.

The Childers Neighbourhood Centre and Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre doors are open to community groups, friends and families providing a range of services.

In recognition of Neighbourhood Centre Week from 9 to 15 May, community members can take the opportunity to check out what's been happening at the centres and learn about upcoming programs.

Council’s Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said this year Neighbourhood Centre Week had a theme of building local community resilience.

She said the Childers Neighbourhood Centre and Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre were hubs that provided services to a wide cross-section of the community, including people who were marginalised or had significant needs.

“Neighbourhood centres are friendly, informal places where community members can take part in a variety of activities at minimal cost,” Cr McPhee said.

“Childers and Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centres are both important places that reflect the needs and aspirations of our community.”

​Activities for adults and children are as diverse as the communities each centre serves and can include workshops, discussions, displays and social events in areas such as arts and crafts, health and fitness, business and finance, computing and IT, and personal development.

Childers and Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centres are jointly funded by Bundaberg Regional Council and Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, and offer a wide range of support services.

At Childers Neighbourhood Centre monthly activities include art and craft groups, card games and the use of a free public computer kiosk.

To find out more click here.

Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre offers free tai chi, a social knitting group, and basic computer skills.

To find out more click here.

Childers Neighbourhood Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4 pm, and Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 8.15 am to 4.45 pm.

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