Children and parents were pleasantly surprised when they arrived at UCWB’s Torrensville Child & Family Centre on Monday morning on the 5th of March to find the centre had undergone a makeover courtesy of a major effort by the local community.
About 20 players from the SANFL’s Woodville West Torrens Football Club donated their time and skills along with 10 local businesses, who donated materials and other resources, worked all day on the previous Saturday to improve the playspaces for the children and do much-needed maintenance work around the 40-year-old community-based centre.
Staff from UCWB pitched in as well to install vegetable planter boxes and screening, paint the building’s exterior and fences, replace doors, install shelving, and repair retaining walls. A feature was the construction of a Cubby Fort complete with climbing surface and slippery dip.
TCFC Director, Deanne Sergiacomi, said the children, and their parents, were very excited to see the improvements when they arrived on Monday morning.
“The Cubby Fort is already a popular addition to our playspaces and will add considerably to the home-like environment at the TCFC which caters for up to 77 children of all ages up to six years,” Deanne says.
(Above) Children playing on their new Cubby Fort on Monday morning.
“The makeover has actually expanded our playspaces for the children which will significantly improve the educational environment, allowing us to expand our focus on Nature Play, gardening and sustainability.”
(Above two pictures) WWTFC players get to work on the Community Makeover.
UCWB’s Executive Manager, Social Services and Innovation, David Couzner, said the TCFC Community Makeover Day was the result of Woodville West Torrens Football Club’s desire to give back to the community in a way that will improve the lives and eduational learning environment for children.
“Players agreed to donate their personal time and skills to undertake important and much-needed and significant improvements for the TCFC, none more important than the purchase and installation of a Cubby Fort for the children,” David says.
(Above) Woodville West Torrens Football Club players prepare the frame of the Cubby Fort with a couple of helpers.
“UCWB was been fortunate to secure significant donations which have allowed the organisation to conduct the day and improve the learning environment.”
“These valued community partners include the WWTFC Playing Group, Zancott Recruitment, BCE & CJ Electrical, Barry Stoodley Pty Ltd., Vili’s, Eco-Wise Plumbing Group, T & A Carpentry And Home Restoration, Bunnings Mile End, G.O. Shelving, State Signs and Suez.
See the SANFL’s own report on the Community Makeover Day including an interview with Eagles star Matt Goldsworthy.
(Above) the workers break for a photo.
(Below two pictures) TCFC back yard before the makeover.