Photo: Living Choice’s Tim Bentley and Jodie Shelley (right) with centre co-manager, Colette Baron.
Connect, Create, Learn and Support are the four pillars of the Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, which provides vital services to people of all ages in the Kincumber area of the Central Coast.
One of the centre’s most popular projects is the Youth Brekky Club, which provides free breakfast for Kincumber High School students on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays between 7am and 8am. A youth worker from the Kincumber Youth Centre also attends to assist any young person who may need extra help.
Both the Living Choice Broadwater Court Residents’ Association and Living Choice support the Brekky Club with annual donations. Tim Bentley, GM – NSW Central Coast & QLD, and Jodie Shelley, village manager, recently visited the centre to present Living Choice’s donation of $600 to an appreciative centre co-manager, Colette Baron.
The Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre has a proud history, dating back to January 1991 when the East Brisbane Water Neighbourhood Centre advertised for a community development worker. Brian Cochrane ran the centre from a room which was donated by the Christian Bookshop as well as a room in his home.
In 1995, the Kincumber Multi-purpose Centre was built and officially opened on 25 May 1996. Staffed by Brian and a group of volunteers, the centre commenced providing services for the community and connecting with other local organisations.
Since then, Kincumber Multi-purpose Centre (renamed Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre) has provided community members with a space to meet, learn, connect and find support. The centre hosts children’s and adults’ activities and groups and provide spaces for the University of the 3rd Age, Coastcare Counselling, Aunties and Uncles and Seniors’ Computer Club Central Coast.
Both volunteers and donations are always welcome – phone (02) 4363 1044.