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Find out what the community told us about getting involved at a community centre and how they can share skills or passions with the community.

Last Updated: 15 July 2019

Community Involvement

Community Centres can empower communities to be connected and inclusive places where people feel they belong, are valued and can contribute.

To ensure our Community Centres include the most relevant opportunities, and provide an appealing, safe and inclusive environment for a wide range of diverse community groups, we engaged with both existing community centre users, and those not already involved with community centres, to continue to improve our service. We asked existing centre users along with community groups, clubs. residents and businesses in Brentwood, Mount Pleasant, Willagee and Palmyra about the best ways to facilitate activities at community centres where:

  • People have social connections with their community;
  • People participate in their local communities;
  • People learn new skills and knowledge;
  • People contribute to their communities, and
  • People feel safe in their communities.

Engagement results

What the community said in the discussion forum

It would be great to see a repair cafe or repair-focused maker space to build on excellent work done by the local buy nothing groups. More support / space for playgroups would also be fantastic!

Tomas_Fitzgerald, 2 May 2019

I would like to see free or discounted activities including yoga, Bollywood dancing, domestic and family violence prevention seminars, suicide prevention seminars, elder engagement and elder abuse prevention seminars.

Atul, 4 June 2019

What the community said at the Blue Gum Workshop

It was a great day at Blue Gum and our attendees had a lot of input and as a results we now have four community champions who have volunteered to start an event or program at Blue Gum.

Below are just some of the ideas community members said they would like to see

  • Events such as Buy Nothing, health talks, quiz nights and Soup night to fundraise and/ or pitch idea
  • Craft workshops to include card making, mosaics, woodwork, scrapbooking, photography, writing, trips & travel discussions, book club, writing & discussion groups.
  • Classes to include language, music, ancestry, computers, gardening and University of the Third Age, yoga, Bollywood dancing,.
  • People would enjoy being involved in social groups, walking and cycling groups, hearing guest speakers and integrating older and younger people in activities.

Thank you to all our attendees, we’ll be promoting programs and events as they take shape, and will keep you informed along the way!

What the community said at the Willagee Movie Night Engagement Event

The Willagee Movie night was an opportunity for the local community to come together in public space and enjoy a free outdoor event. Participants were asked to complete a survey, or be interviewed, with the following questions:

  • What would be the best kind of activity that could happen at the community centre
  • Do you have any skills or passions that you would like to share with others by volunteering here?
  • When have you felt very connected to your local community? What was happening?  What were you doing?

77 surveys were collected and following themes were identified from the community ideas:

  • Art/craft/music
  • Gardening/cooking
  • Computer classes
  • Events
  • Adult learning

Timeline

  • May/June 2019
  • Community discussion
  • Willagee Community Centre Workshop
    Cancelled due to low registrations
  • Wednesday, 26 June 2019 from 11am to 1pm
  • Blue Gum Community Centre
    33 Moolyeen Road, Brentwood
  • Friday, 22 November 2019
  • Willagee movie night and engagement event

How We Engaged with You

Who did we engaged with?

We engaged with the following people:

  • Community Centre users including younger people, older people, parents of young children
  • Residents and businesses within Brentwood, Mount Pleasant, Willagee and Palmyra
  • Community groups and clubs
How could people get involved?

There were two opportunities for people to get involved:

  • By attending a workshop at Willagee Community Centre on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 or Blue Gum Community Centre on Wednesday, 26 June 2019 
  • Completing a survey or doing an interview at the Willagee movie night and engagement event on Friday, 22 November 2019.
  • On Melville Talks, the community could join a discussion to tell us:
    • What would be the best activity that could happen at their local community centre?
    • What skills or passions do they have that they would they like to share with others by volunteering at their local community centre?
    • When have they felt very connected to their local community – what was happening, what were they doing?
What happened with the information the community shared?

The information from the discussion board and community centre workshops will inform the City of Melville about the best ways to facilitate activities at community centres and ensuring community centres include the most relevant opportunities, provide an appealing, safe and inclusive environment for a wide range of diverse community groups and to continue to improve our service.

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