Special milestones for Eaglehawk Community House

THE Eaglehawk Community House celebrated two milestones on Tuesday. 

It opened its new premises on the corner of Bright Street and Reserve Street, Eaglehawk, and celebrated more than 30 years of support and service to the community. 

Eaglehawk Community House co-ordinator Fiona Mummery said about 120 people attended the event and said it was a "momentous occasion". 

"It was a time to reflect on the history of (the Eaglehawk Community House) and a lot of the good work which has been done over the years," she said. 

"It was a really fabulous occasion." 

Ms Mummery said the idea for the house was formed during a conversation between two friends. 

"Margaret Bannan and the late Maurice Neville were concerned at how little there was for the children to do," she said. 

"They approached key people in the community who supported the concept and the Ministry of Housing provided a place." 

Ms Mummery said the house aimed to connect people with their communities and was the "missing piece of the health and wellbeing jigsaw". 

She said house volunteer David Murnane put it best when he said, 'confidence builds capacity in communities'.

"It is about friendship and learning things, and building confidence," she said. 

"The house really values people and makes them feel like they are part of something." 

Ms Mummery said the change of venue was proving to be a positive, with the house averaging "500 swings of the door" each month. 

"The reason we have so many programs running (is due to the new venue)," she said. 

"We run programs from 9am to 3pm from Monday to Thursday, and outside of those hours we have programs in the evenings." 

Ms Mummery said she hoped the house would be around for many years to come. 

"Another beautiful thing was seeing people (reconnecting) with friends from time gone by," she said. 

"It really encapsulates Eaglehawk and the (community house)." 

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