COMMUNITY outreach service ‘Freeling Hub’ will be able to expand the number of programs and classes it offers after expanding
into an adjoining shop front.
Clients, management and volunteers gathered at the Hanson Street facility earlier last week to celebrate the milestone, almost two years on from when the hub – a division of the Gawler Community House – first opened its doors to the public.
Gawler Community House and Freeling Hub manager Sharyn Guy said the expansion is an exciting step forward for the hub, which
now has a dedicated administration area at the entry, and ample space for holding additional, or concurrent, programs and courses.
“As one program finished (the volunteers) would have to madly pack that up, clean up and re-set up for something else because we only had the one space,” she said.
“So, ideally, now we will technically have three, sometimes four, different areas to run four different things.
“Its very exciting for Freeling.”
The decision was made to expand into the adjacent, vacant shop despite the hub, earlier this year, being knocked-back by Light Regional Council for funding support to cover the new lease.
Freeling Hub outreach officer Karen Wilton said they are now looking forward to the opportunities the expansion will bring, including the possibility for ‘mum and bubs’ sessions, gardening classes, and after-school programs.
“We have talked about it for quite a while, so it is great to see that’s it’s actually happened now and we are all excited to see what blossoms from this,” she said.
“We are getting the idea of what people want, but we also need people to run the lessons.
“We only have a few volunteers at the moment so we could desperately do with more.”
The Freeling Hub, at shop 5/3 Hanson Street, is open between 9.30am and 2.30pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and
welcomes anyone for a social cuppa and chat.
Current lessons include ‘cooking on a budget’, art and craft, and computing, with anyone interested in volunteering, or teaching a course, encouraged to contact the Gawler Community House volunteer coordinator (8522 4601).