House of­fer­ing more than ever

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By De­clan Martin

Num­bers are up at Tatura Com­mu­nity House with more vol­un­teers, vis­i­tors, and peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in pro­grams in the 2016-17 year.

The an­nual sur­vey re­leased at last week’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing shows the com­mu­nity house has had a 200 per cent in­crease in vol­un­teers since 2015-16 and a 47 per cent in­crease in peo­ple us­ing the com­mu­nity house each week.

The fi­nan­cial po­si­tion has also been im­proved with a 32 per cent in­crease in rev­enue.

Man­ager Leeane But­ton said the growth had stretched the ca­pac­ity of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in terms of staff, vol­un­teers, space and re­sources, but had reaped many ben­e­fits in­ter­nally and for the com­mu­nity.

Tatura Com­mu­nity House chair John Kries­feld said the house needed new ideas and new en­ergy to help its rel­e­vance to lo­cal ci­ti­zens and they have been helped greatly by their man­ager.

‘‘Eigh­teen months ago, we had very few vol­un­teers will­ing to help out at the house, but due to Leeane’s en­thu­si­asm and guid­ance, this num­ber has now grown sub­stan­tially and I would like to thank all of our vol­un­teers for their fan­tas­tic help dur­ing the year,’’ Mr Kries­feld said.

‘‘With­out the work of vol­un­teers, the com­mu­nity house would cease to ex­ist.’’

The house’s cur­rent pro­grams in­clude tai chi, day­time yoga, gen­tle yoga, ad­vanced yoga, mod­i­fied strength train­ing, go girls fit­ness, the Cubby oc­ca­sional care, small-talk play­group, com­mu­nity lunches, knit­ting, sewing and cro­chet, patch­work, Help­ing Hand, guitar classes, fam­ily his­tory, in­tro­duc­tion toWord, Ex­cel, email and the in­ter­net, men­tal health first aid, first aid, food han­dlers course, ESL or con­ver­sa­tional English, lit­er­acy and nu­mer- acy and vo­ca­tional train­ing.

The fo­cus for this com­ing year is to sus­tain growth through pro­jects, fee-for-ser­vice and adult ed­u­ca­tion and by lob­by­ing for in­creases in core fund­ing from the De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices.

In the next few weeks the house will un­dergo some small-scale build­ing works to open up and re­ju­ve­nate the re­cep­tion area as part of the project ti­tled, ‘AWarmer Wel­come’ funded by Foun­da­tion for Rural and Re­gional Re­newal.

The newly elected board com­mit­tee is chair John Kries­feld, vicechair Bev Roberts, trea­surer Sally Sher­man, Mignon Camp­bell, Jen Pagon and Rod Schu­bert.

Suc­cess: Tatura Com­mu­nity House man­ager Leeane But­ton is happy with the growth of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in the past year.

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