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HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION MAKES A DIFFERENCE AT TORQUAY COMMUNITY HOUSE

Torquay Community House is a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Department for 25 hours per week delivering more than double the amount of activity hours that we are funded for. This shortfall is made up through grants and generous donations from individuals, local businesses, and community groups.

Torquay Community House has contributed greatly to the Torquay community by initiating many vital community groups. These include the Living Green Expo and Tours, Torquay Men’s Shed Inc, Danawa Community Garden, Life Activities Club and University of the third Age, all now organisations in their own right.

Before the lockdowns, over 1,000 people would come through the house every week with many returning regularly for support and/or referral services, attend courses, programs, events and self-help groups.

The house has an active volunteer program with approximately 20 volunteers including Board of Management and among others facilitates the following community programs to the broader community.

Tutoring Worx A free tutoring program aimed at grade 5/6 students to help those struggling with maths and literacy.

Studio 14 – A low cost tutor-led, art program offering watercolours, acrylics and life drawing.

Little DaVincis – A low cost arts and crafts program for 3-to-5-year olds brought to you in collaboration with SurfCoast Secondary College.

Quirky Crafts – A social crafting group that meets once a week. Whether you’re crocheting, knitting, quilting, or whatever else is on your crafting agenda, bring your own project and have a chat and a cuppa with the ladies.

Women’s Sharing Shed – A hands-on social group of women who get together every week to tackle different projects. Be it gardening, wood works, or other skills you want to learn or have and want to pass on, come join this group.

Community Kitchen – Each week a group of community members makes four meals, one to share on the day and three to take home. This is excellent for widowers who may have never learnt to cook, people living on their own, low income earners or people who simply love to cook and socialise.

Accredited Training – From Diploma level courses to vocational training such as Responsible Service of Alcohol. We have a steady stream of students who are returning to work or retraining and greatly appreciate the opportunity to study locally in a friendly environment. ‘Living and learning locally’.

Torquay Community House is also home to several Community Groups, Self Help, Support and services, including:

  • Surf Coast Legal Aid
  • Counselling
  • Drug and Alcohol Clinician
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Surf Coast Rural Australians for Refugees
  • Peer support for parents of young people with mental health problems
  • Food Aid Drop off point
  • Tax Help

All of these programs are kept running through the generous donations of people like you.

TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

Torquay Community House Inc. is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. There is a great diversity of programs and people here each week and our reception area is staffed by a large number of volunteers. General support for Torquay Community House is the best way of helping us to continue our important work. Our peak body, the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) is registered to accept tax deductible of $20 or higher on our behalf and a receipt will be forwarded to you from ANHCA.