Numbers are up at Tatura Community House with more volunteers, visitors, and people participating in programs in the 2016/17 year.
The annual survey released at last week’s annual general meeting shows Community House has had a 200 per cent increase in volunteers since 2015/16 and a 47 per cent increase in people using the community house each week.
The financial position has also been improved with a 32 per cent increase in revenue.
Manager Leeane Button said the growth had stretched the capacity of the organisation in terms of staff, volunteers, space and resources, but had reaped many benefits internally and for the community.
Tatura Community House chair John Kriesfeld said the house needed new ideas and new energy to help its relevance to local citizens and they have been helped greatly by their manager.
‘‘Eighteen months ago, we had very few volunteers willing to help out at the House, but due to Leeane’s enthusiasm and guidance, this number has now grown substantially and I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their fantastic help during the year,’’ Mr Kriesfeld said.
‘‘Without the work of volunteers, the community house would cease to exist.’’
Community House’s current programs include tai chi, daytime yoga, gentle yoga, advanced yoga, modified strength training, go girls fitness, the Cubby occasional care, small-talk playgroup, community lunches, knitting, sewing and crochet, patchwork, Helping Hand, guitar classes, family history, introduction to Word, Excel, email and the internet, mental health first aid, first aid, food handlers course, ESL or conversational English, literacy and numeracy and vocational training.
The focus for this coming year is to sustain growth through projects, fee-for-service and adult education and by lobbying for increases in core funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.
In the next few weeks the House will undergo some small-scale building works to open up and rejuvenate the reception area as part of the project titled, ‘‘a warmer welcome’’ funded by Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
The newly elected board committee is John Kriesfeld, chairperson, Bev Roberts, vice-chairperson, Sally Sherman, treasurer, Mignon Campbell, Jen Pagon and Rod Schubert.