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Green Bay Community House builds connections with locals

Green Bay Community House (GBCH) is at the heart of the local neighbourhood in more ways than one. Centrally located in Barron Drive, GBCH is special to residents of all ages.

‘We provide a hub for family, friendship, learning and sharing,’ explains Operations Manager Sara Mihaere.

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According to Sara, around 2,500 locals come through the doors each month. And it’s no wonder with the packed programme of fun events and activities on offer. Take your pick from fitness sessions, karate, art, knitting and crochet or dance classes. There really is something for everyone.

However, GBHC is especially popular with young children and their families. The Green Bay Community Playgroup meets at the community house on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And there’s also a dedicated music class for the under 3s and their caregivers. Strong friendships are developed, and there’s lots of fun and laughter along the way.

Furthermore, the hugely popular school holiday programme runs during the holidays. From sports to baking, tamariki enjoy a variety of adventures.

The older generation is also well catered for at the community house. There’s a range of activities available, usually over a refreshing cuppa and biscuit. These include chair yoga, creative colouring, social art group, card making, and much more.

‘We help build connections within the community,’ says Sara. ‘Some members of our community can be isolated. And we help bridge the gap for many,’ she adds.

GBHC is a charitable trust, and Sara says that funding can be hard to come by. The community trust applied to the Your West Support Fund for help with essential costs. Sara says that the $10,000 funding has given the community house a massive boost.

‘We have finally been able to replace the tired, worn-out lounge suite in the Fantail room,’ she says. Sara explains that the meeting room is now comfortable and welcoming, which has made a difference to visitors. ‘When you go into a room that looks nice, you feel good,’ she says.

The funding will also go towards a much-needed upgrade of the children’s playground. The ever-popular playground is around 25 years old and suffering from wear and tear.

Sara says that the Your West Support Fund kickstarted fundraising efforts, helping attract the support of other funders, including the Ministry of Education and a Lottery Community Facilities Grant.

‘Thanks in part to the Your West Support Fund, the local community can look forward to a revamped playground later this summer,’ Sara concludes.