Community services

New hub a one stop shop for 11 vital community services in Benalla

One-stop shop: The Benalla Community Services Center, located at 52 Carrier Street, will provide community services from 11 different agencies. Photo by Simon Ruppert

Benalla’s brand new Community Services Hub held its official opening on Thursday June 23rd.

The hub, at 52 Carrier St, is a one-stop-shop for a range of vital services, which provide support for young people, families, health, housing and well-being.

The hub is run by North East Support and Action for Youth (NESAY).

NESAY chief executive Leah Waring said it included representatives from Albury-Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service, Beyond Housing, The Center Against Violence, Gateway Health, Headspace, The Orange Door, The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Wellways and Women’s Health Goulburn North East.

“We have 11 partners working from this space,” Ms Waring said.

“We have people who can help with mental health, housing, domestic violence, youth services and homeless services.

“We have disability and case management services, as well as health services.

“The location here is fabulous, with Denny St parking at the back and close to the main street.

“That means there is easy access. People can walk or drive and park easily.

“Being based right here in the community means we can provide community-tailored services.

“And being in the middle of town means people can access services at an earlier stage than before.

“They can also access services more easily, rather than trying to overcome the Shepparton or the Wangaratta.”

Open: The official ribbon cutting at the Benalla Community Services Hub. Photo by Simon Ruppert

Ms Waring said she was looking forward to seeing the benefits of all these different agencies working together.

“It means we can move towards working together and doing things collaboratively, rather than separately,” she said.

“No agenda, no ego, just supporting the community in the best way possible.”

Ms Waring said the official opening was for groups who would be working from the new hub and that an opening for the community was in the works.

“We will do an official opening to the public, possibly with a sausage sizzle at a later date.”

The Benalla Community Services Hub is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone local looking for help. You can also call 5720 2201 or send an e-mail [email protected]