Two Gold Coast Community Centres receive funding boost

Two Gold Coast Community Centres have managed to secure funding as part of the Queensland Government’s Thriving Queensland Communities Grants program.

Girls aged 12 to 16 will be able to partake in a creative personal development project at the Varsity Lakes Community Resource Centre after they received a $7980 grant.

As part of the program, the girls will produce a high-quality magazine which will highlight the talents of young women.


Community Development Program Officer Elli Gardner told myGC they were excited to be receiving the grant, and can’t wait to get the ‘Varsity Style’ program underway and start empowering young ladies.

“By encouraging disengaged young girls to gain a sense of community through participation, this gives them a voice and outlet,” she said.

“Building self-esteem and self-worth in people empowers them, which in turn gives them the ability to encourage others.

“We would like to build on Varsity Style and encourage more youth to engage with the centre.”

The Nerang Neighbourhood Centre also received a grant of $5465, which will go towards upgrading their phone and internet services.

Nerang Neighbourhood Centre manager Vicky Rose told myGC the grant will help bring the centre into the 21st century.

“We are completely overhauling our IT system so we can be more responsive,” she said.

“As a not-for-profit organisation, we just don’t have the money to upgrade our systems without a grant like this. This will help us immensely, as we will be able to respond to people in need and those in crisis more efficiently.”

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