Glendene Community Hub offers a space for people to come together. The thriving hub is a vital part of the Glendene neighbourhood. A host of groups and organisations hold meetings and classes, enriching community life.
There’s something for everyone, from children to seniors and fitness fanatics to creatives. The ever-popular Friendship Group meets on Thursday mornings, offering fellowship over a cuppa for seniors. Other popular choices are the Zumba classes on Tuesday evenings or relaxing yoga on Fridays. There’s also a weekly knitting group, a Kurdish language school, plus much more.
The community hub is also available for hire and regularly hosts workshops, birthday celebrations and special events.
The volunteer-led Glendene Community Society Incorporated operates Glendene Community Hub. The society was set up in 2014 by a group of dedicated locals determined to improve awareness of community resources and build a sense of connection. The society took over the hub’s management from Auckland Council in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since.
‘We aim to make a difference by bringing people together,’ says Hub Manager Umesh Chand. ‘The hub provides a place for community organisations to hold courses and events that benefit the whole community,’ he adds.
And it’s certainly a hit with the locals. Umesh estimates that around 325 residents come through the door each week to participate in the wide-ranging programme.
However, Glendene Community Hub is relatively small and keeping the show on the road can be challenging. Hire fees are kept as low as possible so that more community groups can take advantage of the facility. Often, that means there’s not much left in the bank for the essentials.
Glendene Community Society Incorporated approached the Your West Support Fund for help with operating costs. Funding of $9,914 has contributed towards audit fees, cleaners, power, internet and a range of other bills.
Umesh advises that funding for operations is hard to come by. ‘We’re very grateful for the support,’ he says. ‘The funding has ensured we’ve been able to keep the doors open and offer a welcoming environment,’ he concludes.
If you are a Glendene resident, check out the hub's website. You may be surprised by just what's on offer. And follow the community hub on Facebook to keep updated on the latest news.