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WATCH: DIY focus at Newtown’s Community Centre

Jun 7th, 2016 | By | Category: Latest News, Most Popular, Multimedia, News

The Newtown Community Centre’s new initiative is likely to appeal to all the DIY residents in the area.

They’re currently working on a tool library which they hope to have up and running next month.

It is the same as a library except instead of hiring books out people can hire tools.

The centre is appealing for donations from the community to make this happen.

The centre, which opened in the late 70’s isn’t on the main drag, and can be hard to find according to centre coordinator Anna Porter,

“Not everybody knows where we are but the people that do seem to really enjoy the space and what we run,” she says.

They run a lot of activities for the community like fitness classes, art classes and youth programmes.

There are five fitness classes a week and people just pay $2 to attend,

“They’re really important because a lot of people can’t afford to go to expensive gyms but they do get to meet other people in the community,” she says.

The centre’s youth programme is one of the cheapest in Wellington,

Anna Porter says their youth workers do a lot of activities with the kids and also run a mentor programme which provides them with positive role models.

The Wellington Time Bank is also run out of the community centre.

This scheme helps the community exchange time, knowledge and skills instead of money.

“One person might walk someone’s dog and they get a time credit and they go and ask another person to make them a cake for their child’s birthday,” Anna says.

The centre can also be hired for social gatherings, functions or even if someone needs a space to rehearse or practice

Anna says they have a great relationship with the Newtown community and it works well for them.

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