Wingate Avenue Community Centre
Wingate Avenue Community Centre (WACC) was established in 1985 on a public housing estate in Ascot Vale which is home to approximately 1,700 residents. The centre is managed by a voluntary Committee of Management and employs over 50 staff and 50+ volunteers.
Wingate’s mission is to enable positive community wellbeing with a focus on learning and social activities, especially for people who are experiencing disadvantage. We believe such a commitment will lead to improvement in quality of life and empowerment for the local community.
The centre is a Registered Training Organisation, Learn Local provider and is funded by the Department of Health & Human Services to deliver social and recreational programs as part of the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program. Wingate is well recognised in the delivery of programs that create pathways to education and employment and has received a number of awards and accolades in recent years. The centre is also a licensed Occasional Care provider with onsite facilities for up to 19 children and has recently constructed a Men’s Shed facility.
The Ascot Vale housing estate has a significant number of families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds with many young people who are either on a low income, unemployed or face drug and alcohol addiction issues. Many of the residents are newly arrived migrants and refugees. The centre has many wrap around services including the Moonee Valley Legal Service, New Hope Foundation (settlement support for newly arrived migrants) and Uniting Care ReGen who provide AOD counselling services. The co-located services complement our service delivery and offer our clients a holistic service by providing non vocational services.
The centre has been successful in growing its services in the local community and is highly regarded by all stakeholders including Local, State and Federal government. In 2012 Wingate was successful in attaining DGR status (Deductible Gift Recipient status) under the Public Benevolent Institution classification to allow donations towards the centre from philanthropic trusts.
The Centre provides an extensive range of community services including:
- Food security – distribution of free food via Foodbank and SecondBite services
- Access to a free legal service and Re-Gen drug and alcohol counselling
- Social work and settlement services for new migrants
- Low cost recreational and educational short courses
- Low cost occasional childcare
- Maternal Child Health Services
- Access to community garden plots and short gardening courses
- Hospitality training including the Certificate II Kitchen Operations
#WorkNOW - Commencing November 2016
Wingate is excited to announce the #WorkNOW program in partnership with Kensington Neighbourhood House and the Maribyrnong & Moonee Valley Local Learning & Employment Network (MMVLLEN).
The program is part of the Victorian Governments Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN), a major activity to help disadvantaged Victorian jobseekers gain employment. JVEN services are delivered by specialist employment experts who work closely with employers to identify job opportunities and prepare job seekers for those roles.
For further informaiton on the JVEN program please click on the below video link.
The Ascot Vale Needs Assessment Launch - October 5 2016
The Ascot Vale Needs Assessment engages in dialogue with the local community and agencies to guide and support future community development initiatives for the centre.
For a full report click on the below link to access the Ascot Vale Needs Assessment.
A short community report summarising the project is also available at the below link.
The Wingate Men's Shed
Officially opened on the 4th of March 2016 the Wingate Men's Shed provides a space for Men in the local area to engage with services and learn new skills. For further information contact Wingate on 9376 5244
30 Years of supporting our local community
Wingate is celebrating 30 years of providing quality training and support to the local community and to celebrate our ongoing service we are holding a 30th birthday event for the community, past staff and committee, volunteers, funding bodies and delegates. This official event will be opened by the Honorable Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria accompanied by our local member of parliament Danny Pearson MP Member for Essendon and Moonee Valley councilors.
Certificate II Kitchen Operations - Commencing February 2017
The Certificate II Kitchen Operations is delivered in the Wingate commercial kitchen located only 5km from Melbourne CBD. The accredited hospitality course provides you with the skills and knowledge to be competent in a range of kitchen functions and activities. Future employment could be achieved in various hospitality enterprises where food is prepared and served including restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias and coffee shops across Melbourne.
A brand new training facility - The Wingate Hub, 125 Union Rd Ascot Vale
Wingate Avenue Community Centre is pleased and excited to announce the opening of The Wingate Hub located only 7km from Melbourne CBD. The opening of the Hub is a milestone for Wingate and will bring some exciting new short courses, programs and activities to residents of Ascot Vale and employment pathways for students.