We are a local Neighbourhood Centre providing information, services and activities to families, individuals and children in Boolaroo, Speers Point, Warners Bay, Lakelands, Mount Hutton and surrounding suburbs.
We are funded by the NSW Government through Family and Community Services (FACS) – Community Builders Funding.
Our Community Place was originally established in 1987 with the name Lake Macquarie Neighbourhood Information Centre Inc., and provided over the years a diverse range of activities such as sustainable gardening, home maintenance, painting and drawing, drama classes for children, exercise for seniors, advocacy and online hub services for Boolaroo, Speers Point and the surrounding area. With the closure of the Pasminco and other major demographic and other social changes in the community direction occurring in the past two decades, the centre was renamed Our Community Place Inc. in 2005. Further, in the past four years there have been a number of changes to programs put in place in relation to addressing community needs and satisfying the requirements of the Family & Community Services (initialled FACS –the funding body). However, there were only modest changes to the organisations form and policy agenda until recent times.
With the changing policy direction of FACS, the prominence of non-Government Organisations such as Our Community Place has grown. In response to internal altered policy directions, FACS developed a more diverse mix of programs to meet the growing needs of the community. There has also been a shift away from FACS delivery of programs to an outsourcing model of delivery by the NGO sector. This has provided both challenges and opportunities for the NGO sector and in particular Our Community Place.
In 2015 Our Community Place significantly renewed itself under new management and leadership and embarked on a strategic review process as set out in the following plan. The review was to guarantee that Our Community Place is best positioned to take up any opportunities that arise under the current FACS review of funding; in establishing new funding streams; entering into strategic partnerships, while ensuring the organisation plan is better placed to support the identified current and future needs of the community of Lake Macquarie.
To strengthen these outcomes in the three years 2015-2018, we will make small and important changes to our business model, our service model, our relationships and partnerships, our structure and our capabilities to maintain our healthy and productive organisation and to position ourselves to make the most of key opportunities as they become available for us to support, empower and grow our community.
Our Community Place promotes a resilient and empowered community through
Gay Sumiran – Coordinator
Elizabeth Hyslop – Community Development Worker
We are managed by a team of dedicated local residents.
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