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.
The following programs are run from the Connie Benn Centre:
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.
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.
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 – 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 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.
City of Yarra
Department of Social Services
Herbert Smith Freehills
Landers & Rogers
The Flora and Frank Leith Foundation
Limb Family Foundation
The Flora and Frank Leith Charitable Trust
Connie Benn Centre160 Brunswick Street Fitzroy, Victoria 3065Phone: (03) 9426 1500Email: conniebenncentrereception(at)yarracity.vic.gov.au
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Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.