New government rules mean charities say they need a higher profile

Community Centre Manager, Brenda Beauchamp.
Community Centre Manager, Brenda Beauchamp.

The Community Centre at 268 Grey Street (opposite the Town Hall) is to hold an open day on Monday, February 19, with the aim of raising its profile.

Its manager, Brenda Beauchamp, said the day would be a lot of fun, with popcorn, free children’s books, face painting and stalls. 

The state government wants organisations which help the needy to focus on particular groups, like children under the age of three, and it wants groups to cooperate more so that gaps in the service are filled. Duplication between groups would have to be eliminated if funds were to be easily available.

“Come in and talk to me”, Brenda Beauchamp said, “Fill out a survey which will help the Centre better face the Targeted Early Intervention changes in funding that are scheduled in 2020.”

With challenging change in government policy on the way, the Community Centre, like other groups needs a higher public profile. Its work with the poor and lonely people is often done with a low profile.

A host of groups are helping with the Open Day on Monday. “The Country Women’s Association are cooking up a storm”, said Brenda Beauchamp, “so lovely morning tea will be available for a small price. Lunch will be free.”

Goods like jewellery, free mugs and glass ware and romance novels will also be available.

There’s no charge for the day – you can just walk in and look (and eat and enjoy). It starts at 9 am and runs until 4 pm.

What's on offer, according to the Community Centre notice-board.

What's on offer, according to the Community Centre notice-board.