Childers Neighbourhood Centre has wrapped up another tremendous year of community support and engaging projects, which has seen the centre deliver services for a wide range of community members.
Throughout 2023, the neighbourhood centre presented 27 projects and events that were attended by 456 community members.
Child-focused activities were enjoyed by 112 local families with programs including playgroup, parent support groups, healthy lunch boxes program, under 5s day and family fun days.
Isis Community Care supported 225 participants over 65 years of age, assisting people to live independently in their home for longer.
In partnership with Childers Meals on Wheels, 4,756 meals were delivered as part of this support.
Creating Wellness program
One of the highlights of the year was the Creating Wellness program which saw a different activity held each month with a focus on creativity and wellness.
These activities were well attended, and feedback from participants was that they felt more connected, happy and creative.
Some attendees were so engaged in the program that they came up with suggestions for future activities and volunteered to run some sessions, an indication of how valuable the community has found the initiative.
Fundraising for Cancer Foundation
As part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, the Neighbourhood Centre event held in partnership with the Childers Branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association raised $1,171 for the Queensland Cancer Foundation.
Around 100 community members attended the morning tea at the Isis Club where they enjoyed a spread of delicious treats and a fashion parade organised by local boutique Summer Breeze featuring volunteer models.
Increase in engagement
The Neighbourhood Centre has seen a significant increase in the number and complexity of requests for support, information and referral this year, along with an increase in community members engaging with the centre’s services.
This increase in need has been well answered by the centre and its staff who have gained a reputation in the community for being approachable, supportive and friendly.
By delivering a high standard of support and a range of programs that meet the community’s interests and needs, the Childers Neighbourhood Centre provides a valuable space for social connection.
Find out more about the Childers Neighbourhood Centre activities here.