Home in Place manages The Meeting Place on the NSW Central Coast.
The Meeting Place is a community hub where local residents can access a range of outreach services and participate in activities that build individual skills and strengthen the capacity of community members, providing support to not only Home in Place tenants but also to the wider community.
There are a number of local service providers who are participating in community building and partnering to provide activities and programs for the community.
Various initiatives have been implemented at The Meeting Place to promote tenant and community engagement including a community garden, school holiday activities, sports in the neighbourhood, tenant groups, market days, morning teas, community events, free access to computers, and community noticeboards.
The key to the success of The Meeting Place is the warm, open and inclusive environment created by our capable staff and the valuable contribution from our tenant volunteers.
Home in Place tenants and members of the community see the facility as a home away from home, a place to have their voice heard and know that they are welcome to drop by at any time.
The Meeting Place is now open 10am-2pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The Shack Shop
The Meeting Place’s long-standing social enterprise The Shack Shop, continues to go from strength to strength. In addition to providing affordable groceries, the shop has expanded to include an Op Shop, selling clothing, footwear and bric-a-brac.
The Shack Shop is a Home in Place initiative aimed at relieving some of the day to day financial pressures by providing affordable groceries to tenants and their community.
Through the Shack Shop customers can access free bakery items and vegetables through the Foodbank initiative and best-before dated staple foods and frozen goods through the SecondBite program.
Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation. Foodbank provides 77 million meals a year (210,000 meals a day) to more than 2,400 charities around the country. Some of the food that Foodbank distributes is past its ‘Best Before’, however, they worked with manufacturing partners to ensure that product is still safe to consume and the quality will not be unduly effected.
‘Best Before’ is used to indicate the date after which food exceeds its peak quality. ‘Best Before’ dates are found on food such as fruits and vegetables, dried pasta, rice, tinned and canned foods. It is perfectly safe to eat food past its ‘Best Before’ date.
SecondBite is one of the largest food rescue organisations in Australia. It works with growers, manufacturers and retailers to rescue surplus food and distribute this food to over 1,300+ community food programs across Australia.
The Meeting Place Training Rooms
The Meeting Place also provides training courses to Home in Place tenants and the community in its modern training rooms.
The types of courses on offer include, First Aid Training, Certificate II in Food Handling and various practical diploma courses, such as the Diploma of Community Services and the Diploma of Child, Family and Youth Intervention.