In the spirit of Neighbourhood Centre Week 2019, Council’s Community Centre team is sharing the love in the form of sweet treats to raise awareness around the importance of human connection.
As part of the nationwide initiative to celebrate the role of community, neighbourhood, resource and learning centres in the Community, free cupcakes were handed out at Yeppoon Central this morning. Residents were encouraged to share these treats with their neighbours.
Community Development Councillor Jan Kelly said while our Community Centre does fantastic work year-round, Neighbourhood Centre Week (NCW), which is held from May 6 -12, provides a real opportunity for it to showcase its great work and to extend its reach out to those in the community who may not yet be aware what their local Centre has to offer.
“This week also provides an opportunity to promote the wide range of Visiting Services which come to our region. These visiting services offer convenience and lower costs as well as saving residents from having to travel to Rockhampton or further afield to get what they need,” Cr Kelly said.
“Recent studies have shown that loneliness and feelings of disconnection are increasingly prevalent in society, and contribute to a myriad of related problems. These can range from general physical and emotional ill-health, to depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, crime and even suicide.
“Our Community Centre works at the heart of our community, offering activities, programmes and services which support the objectives of social inclusion and address factors which can lead to social exclusion. In short, it brings people together, helps to combat loneliness and provides the human connection which is so vital to health and wellbeing.
“It offers a broad range of services to those in need including general information and referral assistance, outreach services, networking and social events, participation in programmes and activities which build skills, affordable meeting spaces for local community groups, and life-long learning opportunities.
“Not to mention the list of workshops, discussions, displays and social events in areas such as arts and crafts, health and fitness, computing and IT, and personal development which are also held frequently at the centre.
“Council is extremely proud to be able to provide these important services, which are partly funded through the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, to the local community.”
For more information about the Community Centre, please visit https://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/463/The-Community-Centre or phone 07 4913 3840.