Inland Rail helps Flagstone Community Centre support seniors

From child health clinics and disability support services to women’s counselling and social events for seniors, Flagstone Community Centre is a place where community services are offered, groups meet, and people feel safe. We’re proud to support the Centre’s work to build a stronger Flagstone community.

Senior members of the Flagstone Community Centre

Community Development Officer Susan Hawke said the Centre is run by the Uniting Church in Australia’s South Moreton Presbytery and relies on the church and grants, such as Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations funding, to help create an inclusive and welcoming space for the Flagstone community.

“Flagstone Community Centre is a place for individuals and families to meet, learn, be supported and grow regardless of age, gender, background, sexuality or circumstance,” she said. 

“We do that by offering a space for community meetings, connecting people with social service providers, housing a food bank for those who need access to practical support and hosting a range of social activities.”

Social Seniors, held every Tuesday, is one such activity designed to help some of the community’s most vulnerable. 

“Looking after the wellbeing and emotional health of our precious seniors and helping them feel connected and part of our community is incredibly important,” Ms Hawke said.

“Getting out of the house is rare for some, so having weekly activities to look forward to provides an emotional boost to show them they are respected and valued.”

“Thanks to our Inland Rail grant we’re able to host four special events for our Social Seniors this year including a 1950s nostalgia party, Winter soup, slippers and snowflakes lunch, Melbourne Cup function and a Christmas lunch.

“With up to 70 people attending each event, the funding will help tremendously in supporting our Flagstone seniors.”

We’re proud to give back to our communities that are home to Inland Rail. The Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program offers funding between $1,000 and $4,000 for individuals and organisations in regional areas along the route that contribute to local and regional prosperity, wellbeing, and sustainability.

If you have an activity, event or project that will benefit your local community and you represent a community group or organisation that is a not-for-profit or local government body, we welcome your application.

Our current round of applications runs to 31 July 2021. Visit our website or email IRCommunitySponsorships@artc.com.au for information about eligibility requirements, assessment processes, and terms and conditions of funding.


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