Neighbourhood Centre moved to new premises

The new Toukley Neigbourhood Centre on Canton Beach Rd

Toukley Neigbourhood Centre has recently moved premises to 2/48 Canton Beach Rd, Toukley.

It used to be in Heador St.

The Neighbourhood Centre is a community outreach organisation aiming to help those in need and there is a wide range of services for the community.

These include the Lakes Food Care, which is a not for profit supermarket sponsored by Foodbank.

There is also a Crisis Assistance and Support Service that can provide frozen meals, emergency relief and appointments with organisations such as the Department of Social Services.

“We’re largely funded by the Department of Community and Family Services, and we’re a large organisation in the community, said the Centre’s Executive Officer, Bronwyn Barnes.

“We do a lot of outreach in the community,” she said.

The Neighbourhood Centre also offers a No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) for people on low incomes, allowing them access to safe, fair and affordable credit.

An Op Shop in Ron Alt La is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

Barnes said people could come to the centre and use the phone, internet, photo copier and paper shredder.

“We also run a community café on Friday afternoons during school terms.

“Unfortunately, our laundromat and shower service has had to be put on hold because of COVID-19.

“We go above and beyond to continue to offer our services to the community,” Barnes said.

Harry Mulholland