Riverwood Community Centre has been servicing the community since 1974.
The Community Centre provides services and activities for children, youth, adults, and people who are frail and aged. What makes the Centre so successful and unique, is that it is managed by passionate local residents who receive funding from Federal, State and Local governments to employ 52 full and part time workers. Passion for the Riverwood community runs high with the Board and the community that supports it, and the Centre offers opportunities that communities often don’t have at a local level.
Build on the foundation of past success
Barry Higgins, CEO, has been fortunate to take leadership of a strong service with skilled managers and staff as well as a Board very connected to the concerns of our community. RCC has gone from a small neighbourhood centre 40 years ago, and developed into a team of highly skilled managers, and a large committed team of hundreds of volunteers, focused upon running three Community Centres:
Social Housing Support Services across Central Sydney South
Child Youth and Family Services, Community Development Services
Aged Care Services and various auspice programs.
Our main Centre at Riverwood has more than 2,000 people pass through its doors each week, which speaks to our connectedness to the community. These services include before & after school care and vacation care, youth services, family support service, time out program, helping early leavers program, child sexual assault service, housing communities assistance program, tenancy resource service, aged and disability support to the Riverwood community and surrounding areas.
Responding to the development of the Riverwood Housing Estate
RCC is aware of the need for due diligence in ensuring that any future development includes consideration of the broad needs of our community. We have especially focused our attention upon understanding the challenges and opportunities with the proposed next stage in the Riverwood State Significant Precinct Development (the old Riverwood Public Housing Estate area). As the only local community centre located in Riverwood, we have a mandate to support our local community’s concerns. With this in mind we have conducted a comprehensive social study that takes into account lessons learnt from other similar developments, best practice research and the voices of of local stakeholders. This study will guide our future responses.
A significant new development has been the formation of Opportunity Knocks. This new program aims to increase links between business and supporting young people into training and employment opportunities. We are looking for corporate friends who want to make a difference in the lives of young people. For more information visit our Opportunity Knocks page in this website.
In late 2017, we were proud to launch our new brand, celebrating our past but looking to the future to inspire us to new opportunities for our community. The colours are bright, optimistic and varied, recognising our multicultural background. The images reflect our many and varied activities across all ages, and are broken into the sub brands, RCC Aged Services, RCC Child, Youth and Family Services and RCC Community Programs.
This allows us to have service specific identities that are separate to a geographical identity. This rebrand is linked to wider community engagement and partnership development strategy that includes engaging social media and other creative forms of communication to increase the appeal and reach of our services.
The three arrows emphasise direction and movement into the future. The ‘parent brand’ continues to be the Riverwood Community Centre, as this has strong resonance in our community, especially in Riverwood.