The centre maintains a database of information on community services and programs available within the Fraser Coast Region. Clients who access this service can receive information and referral pathway to community services, government agencies and other relevant organisations that could provide support and assistance. This includes referral to centre-based programs and other services in partnership with other community organisations.
The Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre Coffee Shop A small community café that offers limited menu and simple catering for meetings and other functions. It is an income generating project of the centre that supports its operation and the implementation of community programs and services. Through the years, this coffee shop has been known to have dished out amazing multicultural cuisine during many community events, and has been and still is a venue for gatherings of members of the migrant community. The coffee shop also provides simple in-house catering requirements for meetings and other functions. Contact us to know times and days the coffee shop is open.
The centre regularly support significant initiatives to create community awareness, highlight an issue and provide community education. Depending on available resources and based on need, we also organise and implement community projects to support an issue or create a support network for a particular community concern. Check us out to know if there is an upcoming community event or project you might be interested to attend or participate in.
Examples of these projects and events are as follows:
Note: Please contact us for information on current and on-going programs.
The delivery of multicultural programs is one of the many strengths of the service. Through the years, the centre has achieved significantly in the implementation of programs that benefitted members of the migrant community. Through its own initiatives and in partnership with relevant services, programs that promote diversity, awareness and understanding of cultures in the form of cultural events, multicultural workshops, information sessions and community education were implemented and is continuously being implemented.
The Asian Women’s Group formerly known as the Asian Women’s Development Program is now part of MDP as a sub-program. MDP continues to accept membership into the program and encourage all migrants to be a member for an opportunity to be part of future multicultural activities and projects.
English And Literacy Mentoring
Note: To be eligible to participate in all ACEP programs, participants must be at least 18 years of age.
English Mentoring provides an opportunity for newly arrived and settled migrants to learn basic conversational English from a volunteer tutor. The program also offers mentoring for advance grammar and writing practice. Pre-assessment is conducted to assess the appropriateness of the program to the need of the participant. The delivery of this community program depends highly on the availability of a volunteer tutor. Contact centre reception for more information.
Basic Computer Mentoring, is offered to members of the community who are absolute beginners, for a minimal fee to cover some administrative costs. The mentoring will provide participants with the necessary knowledge to start learning and be confident with the use of simple technology for everyday use. Schedule of classes is decided when the number of participants for a class is reached. The delivery of this community program depends highly on the availability of a volunteer tutor. Contact centre reception to express your interest and for more information.
Literacy Mentoring is provided on a case to case basis, flexible entry and exit and depends largely on the availability of a volunteer tutor. The centre will make an effort to match a client with a volunteer tutor to provide one on one support. Pre-assessment is conducted to assess client need vis-à-vis the resources available & ability of the volunteer tutor to provide the required support.
Formerly known as the Asian Women's Development Program (AWDP), this group now operates under the banner of the Migrant Development Program and will continue with its programs and activities such as the cultural dance group, social network and support services.
Youth Achievement Awards: The program started with the Maryborough Youth Community Association (MYCA). It was through MYCA that the first youth achievement awards was organised and implemented in 2001. A team of young volunteers who were members of this youth group worked very hard to start the awards ceremony that is now known as the Fraser Coast Youth Achievement Awards. Through the guidance of a Youth Coordinator, the first awards night was such a success that it has become a yearly project for MYCA. This youth achievement awards continue to grow through the support of schools, business sponsors, council and other community organisation. Check out our website or call centre reception to find out more.
The program which started in 2019 provides a venue for friendship, support, activities and information through invited guest speakers and health professionals. Run by a team of volunteers, CSP is a support group that meets on a regular basis and welcomes everyone who has survived or currently going through any form of cancer, their families and carers.
In addition, under this program there is also the Social Phone Call Initiative where a member of the CSP team calls participants every fortnight for a social chat and to provide an update on centre programs & services, and to remind them about the next CSP session. This initiative also services those who are not quite ready to attend a support group, and may want to start connecting through a social phone call. To find out more, call centre reception.
CSP also run fund raising activities through the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (ABMT) event and the ‘Walk for Women’s Cancer’ for Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ). To register for the program and to find out more, contact centre reception.
MEETING DATES FOR 2023: 13 February 13 March 17 April 8 May 12 June 10 July
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This dance program is designed for women. Dance to fitness with a modern twist, learn line dancing, freestyle dancing and low impact Zumba moves. Dance workshops may be offered from time to time. For an update or for more information and to register for the program, please contact centre reception. Dance routines are also available online, visit www.maryboroughneighbourhoodcentre.org.
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For more information, contact centre reception on 4121 2141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The program is delivered in a classroom setting for Beginners and Intermediate. Information on schedule of classes and other details are promoted through the centre’s facebook page and website and distributed through the community services network. Classes starts when required participant number is reached and depending on the availability of the instructor/facilitator. Alternatively, online lessons for sewing (intermediate) can be accessed on our website, check out www.maryboroughneighbourhoodcentre.org and find out what lessons are available.
From time to time the centre will be in partnership with other community organisations and relevant agencies to deliver certain types of services and programs for members of the community. This can be a financial counselling service, community legal, family relationship to name a few. To find out what is currently on offer, please give us a call.
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