Five reasons to drop in to the Phillipstown Hub

MaryAnn 217Do you remember Phillipstown Primary School?
Yes, you are right, it’s gone: it closed at the end of 2104, and merged with Woolston School to become Te Waka Unua.
But do you know what is going on now at that place? Are you aware that from the ashes of the old school a Community Hub has risen?
Phillipstown Community Hub is a thriving place, inspiring and energizing. It is a green, welcoming and friendly spot where people gather together to enjoy, socialize and relax over a cup of coffee, or join in various activities. In the last eighteen months, Phillipstown Hub has become home for many community focused groups and organizations. Come on in and visit us, get to know what’s on offer here.
Why should you come? For, at least five different, great reasons:

1. Free the artist inside you!

Do you love ART, MUSIC or POTTERY? Would you like to unleash your creativity? At the Hub you can probably find what you are looking for by joining our artistic groups (check our Calendar or Events!). All meetings are very well attended, tutoring is great and the network with other artists makes it all more exciting.
This is the place I need for my art and for getting in contact with good people.
I have been through a lot of changes since I started coming here, I am more active than in the past, I meet people, I feel a sense of identity and I have security in myself.
I like myself more than in the past.
[one of the people attending the art class]
The art teachers are awesome. They have helped challenge my fears.
[one of the people attending the art class]

2. Be fit for Summertime (it is coming …) !

Feeling good about ourselves and our body is one of most important ways to raise our self-esteem. It is not about fitness, or at least, it is not just about it: we are speaking about being healthy. Fruit, vegetables and regular activity are the keys and we can provide them. Mums meet here for their fitness sessions in a child friendly environment, while elderly people meet together to have gentle exercises (Sit and Be Fit!). And before going home, perhaps by bike, don’t forget your bags of fruit and veggies from our Affordable Fruit and Veges Group!
In addition, as the ancient Romans used to say, Healthy Mind in Healthy Body! Therefore, to help you to have a confident and well-balanced state of mind, you can come here for positive and caring groups for all ages and genders.

The people here are supportive, interested, friendly, willing to help.
When I come here, it sounds stupid maybe, but I feel like I’m at home.
Here is welcoming and accessible for me.
[one of the people attending the art class]

3. Such amazing people!

It’s the people who make Phillipstown Community Hub such a special place: those organizing and delivering services and activities and those attending them. It is a multicultural and cosmopolitan environment open to people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and ages: men (Man Up), youth (Operation Hope), mums (and bubs), mums from a migrant or refugee background, refugees in general, elderly people and kids (Phillipstown Community Center with the OSCAR and the Older Adult Leisure Group), people socially isolated or with mental health issues. At any time of the day, you are likely to find some activity running. Our staff and volunteers are friendly and helpful.

The number and the diversity of groups and activities are really astonishing!
[one of the ladies from the Older Adults Leisure Group]
The Hub is a safe place to go, with nice, friendly people. They’re similar to me. They want to do art, and when I come here I forget that I’ve got a mental illness.
[one of the people attending the art class]

4. A big green lung!

The Phillipstown Community Hub is set in a beautiful and green environment. We have a garden with benches and trees and a huge back field where the community is more than welcome to come and play with kids, play games, have picnics and enjoy their spare time. And if you like gardening, there is also a Community Garden to grow vegetables, share skills and have a cup of coffee and a chat.

The thing that I most like is the opportunity to socialize while gardening.
[one volunteer at the Community Garden]
This is a friendly, safe, welcoming and busy place. I feel home, here.
[one of the ladies from the Older Adults Leisure Group]
It is a neutral place, at walking distance from home!
[Mums from the Mums and Bubs Group]

5. Police have biscuits!

At the Phillipstown Community Hub the Phillipstown Neighbourhood Policing Teamhas a dedicated, confidential space. Drop in to report issues or to discuss any matters of concern. Our PNPT run their job with commitment and passion to ensure that members of our community can “Be safe – Feel safe”.

The Police here at the Hub are not the police-police, they are the police you can hug.
[kids at the Phillipstown Community Festival 2016]
Watch Sgt. Michael Kingston’s exclusive video-interview for the Hub!

6. So many ideas, so many new projects are waiting for you all!

Sorry, I declared I wanted to introduce you to the five reasons why you should come and visit the Phillipstown Community Hub, but here is the sixth. This is the ultimate one, the one that can summarize all the others and that will overcome all resistance! We are a vibrant and energetic place, we have ideas, we have energies, we have projects. We have been running loads of activities and delivering heaps of services in the last year and we are committed in improving what we can offer. We are planning an Internet Community Café, Adult Literacy Classes, a Menz Shed, an indoor sport facility, BBQs areas just to name some…

So, don’t you think the Phillipstown Community Hub is worth a visit?
We are waiting for you!