Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre recently invited our valuable community members who have each contributed to helping grow a strong, supportive Riverstone community to an Appreciation Day.
The event was due to be hosted in the vibrant community gardens, however, due to the unpredictable weather, we moved the garden inside. All the flowers were picked from one of RNC’s employees home and arranged accordingly.
The event was a thanks to all our volunteers, partners, funders and stakeholders that work with us throughout the year.
- Blacktown City Council
- Department of Social Services
- NSW Health
- Growing Potential
- Youth Resolutions
- Bunnings Rouse Hill
- Riverstone High School
- Meals on Wheels
- Volunteers and individual donors such as Michael Murray
A special thank you goes to Blacktown City Council for all the support they provide, as well as all the work refurbishing the youth centre which we hope will be up and running in the near year. Youth Resolutions also received a special shout out to thank them for all their support and collaboration opportunities throughout the year.
The event was also a chance to recap on the past year’s achievements and launch the Annual Report.
Growing Potential is proud of RNC’s achievements and their impact in the community. Their outreach service has helped 5,370 people and in total, they helped/supported 9,855 people. These numbers stand as a testimony to the great work from the team at RNC.
RNC Manager, Angela Van Dyke, recapped the success of the over 50’s health and well-being program, funded by Schofields Riverstone Memorial Club. Many people reported the program helped them feel the best they had felt in years, with better mobility and weight loss (which was an excuse to buy more clothes). There is currently a call-out for businesses interested in providing funding to keep this program running.
The Mens’ Shed is thriving, with many hard-workers, a new awning, paving and preparations to open a disability garden program.
Michael Murray announced a personal donation for The Mens’ Shed. Michael is a citizen of Riverstone who has served as a police officer for many years until he had to retire in 2016 due to PTSD. He notes that The Mens’ Shed really saved his life. Last year Michael also provided a personal donation to RNC which was used to buy air conditioning unit for inside The Mens’ Shed.
The Casuarina School life skills program provides year 9 students the opportunity to gain some work experience in The Mens’ Shed; working on the tools, in the garden and in the kitchen flaring their barista skills.
Robyn Inskip thanked everyone for their support of RNC over the years and then, along with Dr. Sharon Muir who also sits on the board, was presented with thank you gifts from RNC for their support.
Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre would like to thank everyone who attended, especially our special guests:
Parliamentary representative, Mr Kevin Conolly MP (Riverstone)
Blacktown City Council, Councillor Moninder Singh – Ward 1
Blacktown City Council, Jey Mahendr, Manager Property
Dr Sharon Muir – Principal Doctor at Riverstone Family Medical Practice