Our history is embedded in community development by members of the community who were committed to social justice. In Randwick in the 1970s members of the Chaplaincy who provided social services, including companionship and support to cancer patients and prison inmates, soon became aware of other social and community based problems requiring solutions. This led to the establishment of CHARM in 1974.
In 1984 CHARM moved to new premises due to a growing need for space to run its many programs. Simultaneously the new name ‘Randwick Information and Community Centre’ (RICC) was adopted to reflect the growing importance of information provision within the local community.
In 2000 RICC moved again, this time to Maroubra Junction and not long after changed its name to The Junction Neighbourhood Centre. The JNC opened a smaller office in the heart of Randwick in 2012 with funding assistance from NSW Department of Family and Community Services to build the capacity of people who are financially and socially disadvantaged in Randwick and Kingsford and to accommodate outreach services. Following a merger with ECHO Neighbourhood Centre in 2013, at the ECHO Management Committee’s request, The JNC commenced providing services for clients living in the Waverly LGA as well as Randwick LGA.