A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Published September 25th 2018
Visit to connect with the past and feel part of the future
Do you live in Boroondara and are you looking to feel a part of your community? Belonging and connection are so much harder to forge and grasp nowadays. Perhaps the activity and sense of engagement you are searching for is sitting right at your doorstep at The Craig Family Centre?
History of The Craig Family Centre
The Craig Family Centre was set up to support local families in Alamein after the Second World War. The Alamein district was built by the local government as low-income housing for disadvantaged families. Many retired soldiers settled here, naming the streets after areas they had visited in the war.
The Ashburton Area had traditionally been orchards, as families received allotments which included land for veggie gardens. The decades following the Second World War involved shifting waves of immigration. At first from Britain and Europe. The British government supported families setting up their lives in Australia for a period. After the war, Italian, Greek and German Immigrants sought a new life. All immigrants have a common need, that of establishing a sense of belonging and the opportunity to share their identity. By sharing, they have an outlet to honour the culture they have left behind.
The Craig Family Centre
The Craig Family Centre was first set up to support the post-war, socially disadvantaged families. Mothers valued it, as in this era many stayed home with the children. Having a warm meeting place to form a connection and gain support, was a much-needed relief.
As immigrants were at first housed in nearby Hawthorn and near to the Gardiners Creek and Wattle Park, many established their lives close to this area. At this point, the Craig Family Centre adapted to offer more programs focused on welcoming and helping those most in need find a sense of belonging and connection.
Their Website highlights their services for childcare, but explore more closely and you will find their traditional focus is still strong in supporting the whole family. Side by side, the Craig Family Centre and the Craig Centre cater to every age groups needs. 8232; Programs
There are programs to support Youth, children struggling with homework and immigrants. There is even a program for seniors over sixty to maintain a sense of youth and connection through daytime activities. These social events keep life full of vigour and excitement. This program is aptly named GOLD, which stands for Growing Older Living Dangerously.
If you visit the Craig Family Centre Website or Facebook Page, you can read a little more on past activities and see if there is any program they offer worthwhile for you.
This centre's history and meaning in the community make it the most valuable place to visit if you are in need of activity that makes you feel a part of your community.
By visiting the centre, you are etching your place in time. You can view historic Alamein through old photographs displayed on their wall.
Change and progress have whipped at the contours of the centre to maintain its relevance and appeal. Ultimately, however, the heart of its essential function will always remain in the same place, embracing and supporting the local community with inclusive empathy.
Map, Impression of Boroondara Region and Surrounds