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GODFREY STREET COMMUNITY HOUSE

ABOUT GODFREY STREET COMMUNITY HOUSE


The Godfrey Street Community House came into being as a result of a band of women fighting for a place for women in the community. They held their inaugural meeting on May 2 1983 at the Moorabbin Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to gather support for the House.

A local woman was also a member for the Moorabbin Council and was able to access a Council owned property which was earmarked for a car park and was rented out to a group. After they vacated, the house was then developed to become what we know today as the ‘Godfrey Street Community House’

After a turbulent couple of years, in 1985 Godfrey Street Community House was officially opened by the Mayor of the City of Moorabbin, Councillor Keith Duckmanton, with a barbeque and tree planting.  

When celebrating the 25th year of Godfrey Street Community House, Ann Barker MP who was a member for Bentleigh at the time of establishment stated ‘It is with great pleasure that I see Godfrey Street Community House’ still powering on after so many years.

Godfrey Street Community House is about creating community engagement
All enquiries contact the office and speak to the Manager. 

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

Godfrey Street Community House is a community based non-profit organisation with a voluntary Committee of Management. The Community House is managed by a salaried manager on a daily basis; the position of Manager is funded by the Department of Health & Human Services.

The level of commitment and the degree of involvement by a committee member can vary considerably. 
The Committee of Management ensures the following:

  • Legal obligations are carried out under any applicable Acts. i.e. Associations Incorporated, O.H.&S and the Privacy Act
  • Accountability requirements are met for grants received
  • Appropriate Insurance cover for the Community House are current

Committee meetings are held of an evening on a monthly basis and the Annual General Meeting is normally held during November of each year.

Committee of Management:

President Nick Staikos
Secretary Jan Wilson
Treasurer Danny Quinn
General Members Pat Boyd, Joanne Dunn, Alison Merrey
   

SPECIAL NEEDS

Arrangement will be made where possible to integrate students and children with special needs, Ask at the office when enrolling.

ENROLMENTS

Enrolments are confirmed on payment of a deposit of $30 for adult classes – this will be retained as part of your final payment. Payment in full is required 5 working days prior to class commencing, however, if you are having difficulties, regular instalments will be accepted by arrangement with the House Manager.

COMMENCEMENT OF CLASSES

Classes are subject to sufficient numbers. Should a class be cancelled, GSCH will notify you and your fees refunded. Otherwise, please attend the first class as advertised.

REFUNDS

Please choose your classes carefully; GSCH cannot be responsible for changes in your circumstance. Refunds will be issued if at least 7 days’ notice is given prior to class commencing. An administration fee of $20 will be deducted from refunds. We regret that classes with low enrolments may be cancelled or deferred by GSCH. You will be advised of this by telephone prior to commencement date. On these occasions a full class refund will be issued or transferred to deferred date on request of student. Refund cheque will take up to a week to process and will be forwarded by mail.

MEMBERSHIP FEE

An annual membership fee is payable when first enrolling at the House. The membership fee is from January to December of each year and is non-refundable.

There are 2 types of memberships available ‘Associate’ or ‘Financial’ 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Classes are not held on public or school holidays – except in special pre-arranged circumstance.

VOLUNTEERS

GSCH has a band of volunteers, for further enquiries phone 9557 9037.

DISCALAIMER

GSCH reserve the right to cancel or change class days, times, fees and tutors when necessary.

HIRING OF FACILITY

The Community House is able to provide a neutral, friendly, non-threatening facility that is non-discriminatory environment for all local members.

  • The aim is to open the ‘House’ on a daily basis and to encourage use by the local community
  • Objective is to support and develop groups come together for a particular and specific need.
  • To assist and encourage the development of local interest groups and self-help groups.
  •  All community groups are invited to make use of the ‘House’ for meetings or workshops.

FUNDING

Godfrey Street Community House would like to acknowledge financial support from Office of Adult, Community & Further Education, City of Glen Eira & Department of Health & Human Services