Drummoyne Community Centre Incorporated Constitution
Includes changes approved at Annual General Meeting 14 September 2012
Registered by NSW Department of Fair Trading 9 October 2012
How we are run
DCC has a Community Management Committee consisting of 8 to 11 members who are elected each year from the Centre membership. The committee consists of local people interested in providing their skills and time to oversee the management of services, classes, groups and projects of the organization. In addition there are two representatives from the City of Canada Bay Council on the Management Committee.
With NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS)
Funded under the Community Builders Program of FACS, DCC's role is to act as a community hub providing information, resources and services that are accessible to all members of the community as well as build a stronger community by developing programs that develop community capacity, connectedness, participation and resourcefulness. The funding coves part of the staff and operational costs to manage DCC and its programs which which assist families, children and the community generally to be more resilient and safe.
With City of Canada Bay Council
The following programs are run in partnership with the City of Canada Bay Council:
Concord & Drummoyne English Classes
Community classes for those who wish to improve their English language skills. You need to be able to speak some English to attend. The classes cover reading, writing and conversation skills. One is held at Concord Senior Citizens Centre, corner of Bent & Wellbank Streets, Concord on Thursdays, term 4 starting on 19 October 2017 between 10am-12noon. The other is at Drummoyne Community Centre on Fridays, term 4 starting on 13 October 2017 between 10am-12noon. Bookings are essential - 9719-8102. If you are new to this English as a Second Language program please phone for an interview. These classes are for residents of the City of Canada Bay Local Government Area.
English Conversation at Concord
This class is for beginners. Term 4 starting on Wednesday 11 October 2017. Please phone 9719 8102 to see if this class is suitable for you. The class is for residents of the City of Canada Bay Local Government Area.
This is a shuttle service operating on Wednesdays and Thursdays within the City of Canada Bay. It utilises the DCC bus and volunteer cars. The volunteers and their cars undertake trips when scheduling becomes difficult for the bus to accommodate. The service assists residents with transport difficulties to access facilities or services in the area. The BayRider delivers passengers to places such as shops, the bank, the hairdressers, the library etc. Additionally the Wednesday BayRider will go to Burwood for medical appointments only. Bookings are essential and must be made by phoning between 9am and 12 noon on Tuesdays. Passengers are collected and returned to their homes. A donation of $5 per person is requested for a one way trip. The return trip is free. The donation can be negotiated for those who are financially disadvantaged. Priority will be given to people unable to access other community transport services.
If you are a resident new to the City of Canada Bay let us show you the local area - its services, parks and some history too. Tours start from the Drummoyne Community Centre or from the Concord Senior Citizens Centre. Tours are free and take place in the Community Centre's minibus on a Saturday between 2pm and 4pm. Bookings are essential.
The Council provides assistance with Parenting Programs.
Various community events such as Seniors Week, Harmony Day and Grandparents Day.
See the City of Canada Bay Council's website at www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au for information on the Council and the services it provides.
With Community Club Grants
The partnership projects funded under the local clubs funding programs known as Club Grants (category 1) at DCC over the past year included music concert outings for seniors funded by Canada Bay Club.
DCC acknowledges and thanks all partners involved in furthering community strengthening through DCC in the Canada Bay area.
Volunteer Drivers Required
The Ring & Ride transport service requires drivers. Do you live in or around Concord, Five Dock or Drummoyne? Do you have your own car and a little spare time? Whether you have one spare morning each month, or a spare day a week, every trip makes a difference to somebody's life.
Ring & Ride is an initiative to provide door to door transport assistance for local residents experiencing difficulty accessing appointments and activities.
Other Volunteering Options
Volunteers are an integral part of our community. DCC could not exist without them. If you have a spare morning or afternoon maybe you would like to assist. As little as a couple of hours a month can be helpful. The work is varied and rewarding and many programs rely on volunteers to exist. Our volunteers help with:
- Clerical work in the office
- Tax help for low income earners
- Fund raising events
- Management Committee
- Running or assisting groups
- Legal advice
- Minibus driving
Currently we have some vacancies in our office if you could spare us half a day a week. If you have reception experience and would like to assist with answering the phone and general office duties we would like to hear from you.
Contact us if you would like to contribute to your community. Information is available about volunteer opportunities with DCC, as well as how to apply and what you will be asked to do (job description). Volunteers receive training and ongoing support.
Become a Member
We are a non-government, nonprofit organization that relies on membership, donations and funding to operate our activities and services. You can help to support us by becoming a member.
How it all began
The Drummoyne Community Centre was formed in 1979 following an informal survey by a group of residents interested in child care and related activities which gained support by including the interests of the wider community. It was soon recognised that it would be necessary to approach the local Council as support would be needed in acquiring premises for meetings and community activities.
Rooms at the back of the Library, which was then located in Council's Administrative Building in Marlborough Street, were made available, but before long the Centre was to outgrow these premises and Council provided a cottage in Bayswater Street. The Centre initially provided occasional child care, coffee mornings and meeting facilities for community groups. As services grew they included information and referrals, leisure classes, after school care and community aid.
Over time Council recognised that the range of services had expanded beyond the capacity of the cottage and that the Centre needed a purpose built facility in a central location. A Planning committee was established and work on the new building started in 1983 on the site of the old Scout Hall in Cometrowe Street.
The current Centre at 10 Cometrowe Street opened in December 1988. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2004 with a number of events including launching a book 'DCC Stories - Celebrating Community'. Copies of this book are available in the City of Canada Bay libraries.
Life membership was conferred on Frank and Margaret Marjason, at the AGM in September 2004, in recognition of their outstanding contribution in building community over DCC's 25 years. As individuals and in partnership they have achieved much. They are foundation members who helped bring DCC to life. Frank recorded many aspects of our history in his art, which can be seen on DCC's walls.
Frank Marjason sadly passed away on 17 March 2011.