Post by Steve Riordan.
A Café Club program and its commitment to social inclusion practices has landed the Belgrave South Community House (BSCH) an esteemed community honour.
The reputed Robyn Murray Memorial Organisation Award is presented annually by the Community Houses Association of the Outer Eastern Suburbs (CHAOS) to a member organisation that embraces and practices social inclusiveness.
BSCH Manager, Lyn Young, said the Café Club is a program that was developed in 2007 to address social isolation in the community.
“It is a weekly excursion program whereby participants travel in a BSCH minibus to a café for morning tea,” said Ms Young.
“Over time the Café Club has evolved, numbers have increased and activities diversified to include some longer trips,” she said.
The Café Club has indeed changed people’s lives.
Ms Young said some participants were previously in danger of becoming completely housebound.
“Participants all support each other and encourage others along, and as a consequence feel more valued in their community,” she said. “New members are certainly always welcome.”
The Robyn Murray Memorial Organisation Award is presented in honour of the memory of Robyn Murray, a former Manager of Japara Neighbourhood House and Glen Park Community Centre, and a passionate advocate of social inclusion.
The friendly staff at BSCH can be contacted on 9754 2274 or found at Gilmour Court, Belgrave South.