Connie Benn Centre

Based in Fitzroy, the Connie Benn Centre is an integrated service centre that offers support to children and their families living in the local community.

Owned and managed by Yarra City Council, the centre is a welcoming space for people from all cultural and social backgrounds.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence community team is based at this centre and provides services including support for playgroups, school students and parents. 

Programs at the centre

The following programs are run from the Connie Benn Centre:

Supported playgroups

Playgroups at the Brotherhood are safe and stimulating environments for children, helping them to grow in all areas of development. They also give parents a welcoming space to share advice and build relationships with other families.

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club welcomes primary aged children and their families for the most important meal of the day, laying the foundations for better concentration and participation at school.

Homework Club

At our Homework Clubs volunteer tutors assist secondary students with their studies in a friendly and supportive environment. 

Tuning into Kids and Teens

This program is for parents from a refugee and migrant background to learn new ways to parent, in particular how to recognise, understand and respond to their children’s emotions. 

Parent School Connect 

The program aims to help parents from refugee, asylum seeker and migrant backgrounds to become more involved with their child’s education. It also helps schools build stronger connections with children's parents.

HIPPY Fitzroy 

HIPPY – the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters – is a free two-year early-learning program that empowers parents and carers to be their children's first teacher in their homes.

Saver Plus

Saver Plus assists families on low incomes to develop a savings habit, build assets and improve financial capability. When they reach their goal, ANZ matches their savings, dollar for dollar, up to $500.


Contact us

Connie Benn Centre
160 Brunswick Street 
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065
Phone: (03) 9426 1500
Email: conniebenncentrereception(at)

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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