Opened in September 2015, the 123 Community Hub is continuing to provide a range of beneficial services and activities to strengthen the Broken Hill community.
Compass provided $100,000 towards the project which aimed to see a range of services and activities provided at the 123 Creedon Street site. The services offered so far include an educational afternoon club for kids, cooking classes, as well as health programs such as quit smoking classes and community art programs. A community vegetable garden, bike repairing sessions, a toy library and counselling services are also planned for the future.
Local company Carthew Builders won the tender for the work and are completing upgrades to the kitchen, building an activities deck, installing air conditioning and providing disability access.
Compass Housing staff will be present at the site during weekdays and hope to seek out grant funding to extend the project.
In 2014, Compass Broken Hill received approval from Housing NSW for the allowance of a property that had been vacant for almost a year to be utilised as a community centre.
Staff recognised that an area of housing Compass managed in Broken Hill required a place with a community focus to tackle long standing anti-social behaviours, and a place to have positive experiences within the community.
Compass collaborated with stakeholders through workshops to determine their interest for such a project and to develop priorities. In addition to workshops Compass hosted a barbeque for the residents of the street and surrounding area to attend and share their ideas of what they would like to see happen at the hub. Attendees were invited to write their ideas on a wall of the building.
Their ideas provided the framework for the Hub and included things like a homework club, cooking classes, veggie gardens, health checks, a new mothers group and sewing lessons.