Strengthening communities
and creating connections

Neighbourhood Centre Week 2019

May 10, 2019

This week, in conjunction with other neighbourhood centres across NSW, The JNC celebrated Neighbourhood Centre Week 2019. Current research suggests that getting together with other people has a positive impact on both mental and physical health. The Neighbourhood Centre Week theme this year is ‘Bringing People Together’, something neighbourhood centres strive to do on a daily basis.

Building a dream together in Neighbourhood Centre Week 2019

It’s been great to get out in the community this week to celebrate Neighbourhood Centre Week 2019. The JNC held three events in the Randwick LGA community, in local community rooms at Namatjira, South Maroubra and South Coogee.  People came together to share food, a group art activity and conversation. The photograph shows the result of one of the group art projects: this is the South Coogee community group’s painting of their dream community space.

Tips for connecting

Connecting with others can sometimes feel stressful. The team at The JNC offers you a few tips to make it easier:

  • Listen well – ask questions and listen to the answers
  • Say people’s names when you are introduced to them and offer yours
  • Chat with someone at the bus stop and share a smile
  • Help someone – doing something little can have a big impact. For example, open the door without being asked, or assist with carrying someone’s shopping
  • Join in – attend an activity or event run by The JNC, attend a group at your local church, attend a free event at the library.

Get together through The JNC

The JNC runs activities throughout the year that enable people to get together. Want to take part in an art class for new parents? A walking group?  Tai Chi? See our noticeboard in the foyer of the Lionel Bowen Library at Maroubra Junction or check out our list of groups and classes or social support for older people.  Our Monthly Calendar gives you a quick view of what’s on too.

We’re also on Facebook on @TheJNC, and Instagram: @the_jnc.

Information on services

Need information about services in the area – mental health, JP, crisis support, playgroups, more? See our directories.

Get in touch

Contact us on 9349 8200. Drop in at Shop 2, 669-673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra NSW, 9.30am-4.30pm Mondays to Fridays, or 59 Newland Street, Bondi Junction, Mondays to Thursdays, 10am-4pm.