Shepparton community members united in celebration at the official opening of a new community hub in town. The St Georges Road Primary School and Shepparton English Language Centre Community Hub started in September as a way of providing community members and families with an opportunity to be connected.
‘It was really great because she is so supportive of this hub,’ Ms Arcus said. ‘She seemed really excited to be there and we loved that she could come and be a part of the opening with us.’
Ms Arcus said the opening consisted of cutting the ribbon to mark the occasion and speeches before those attending shared Malaysian and Syrian food which was specially prepared by women from the community hub. With about 50 people attending, Ms Arcus said it was a great way to celebrate the official opening.
She said having seen the hub grow dramatically since day one, she hoped people would continue to get involved and make the most of the opportunity. ‘It’s not just for families and parents of the school students, it’s for community members. It’s a warm, safe and welcoming place for community members to come to.’
With regular cooking sessions and fun fitness and cup of tea sessions already happening, Ms Arcus was excited to expand the activities by soon adding conversational English classes, sewing and craft classes, parenting sessions and more family activities. She said while she had been delighted to see people enjoying themselves and learning new skills, nothing compared to the feeling of seeing people getting involved and growing in confidence.
‘What I notice with the community hub is the women becoming more confident and making friends when they had been quite isolated before. ‘Seeing that confidence build is what it’s all about for me. ‘If mothers are happy and confident it flows right through to their family members.’
Ms Arcus said people wishing to become involved in the community hub or becoming a volunteer should contact the school directly. ‘There is no cost involved and children are welcome at the sessions.’
The hub runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during school hours. It operates under the Community Hubs Australia banner and is funded by the Smith family.