Community centres helping to build community connections

Published on 02 September 2022

Getting involved in a children’s playgroup at one of our community centres has made a big difference for Gee and Jiahuan and their son, Wenson.

Gee says their family (pictured below: far right) feel happier and more connected thanks to getting involved with the Busy Bees Brekky Playgroup at the Holden Hill Community Centre.

“We have made lots of new friends. It brightens our day,” said Gee.

Donna Mijatovic, who oversees the centres, says there’s something for everyone at our community centres.

“When I look at the different programs, there’s just so much there.”

Some of the most popular programs involve those where people get to give back to their community.

A recent project involved the Tea Tree Gully Men’s Shed and one of the community centre art groups making and decorating memory boxes to give to parents of stillborn babies at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

“It can mean so much to be part of something like this,” said Donna.

Programs available at the centres include exercise, gardening, art, craft, cooking, singing and dancing groups, plus sessions for new parents and after-school and social activities.

Special one-off events for children and adults are also held, such as nature and water play days, country and coastal women’s outings and fishing trips.

There are also opportunities to become a community centre volunteer.

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What's on at our community centres

Children and parents at the Busy Bees Brekky Play Group

Children and parents at the Busy Bees Brekky Playgroup.

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