Welcome to East Creek Community Centre

East Creek Community Centre is a catalyst for community development.
Our dedicated paid staff and volunteers have provided services, support, advice, advocacy and professional development for over 30 years.
We work with community groups and individuals throughout Toowoomba.
East Creek’s programs are for everyone – children, adolescents, young adults, seniors, people with disabilities, multicultural groups and those who are socially isolated.
We encourage all members of the community to participate.

Please refer back to this page regularly for any major updates / public service announcements. You will find any such announcements directly under this heading.

——— Updates / Public Service Announcements ———
New ‘Direct to Staff’ Mobile Phone Numbers
In light of recent events (notably the Coronavirus epidemic), the Centre has deemed the community’s direct contact with Centre a priority to ensure social isolation remains at a minimum. We have therefore, purchased mobile phones that we have distributed to staff members with new phone numbers. This should allow members of the community to directly get in touch with the person they need to speak to easier than ever before. This method bypasses the usual point of access, which would normally be the Reception Desk. This method of contact will be available for the foreseeable future, and, depending on the value the community has placed on these phones, they may be available even longer. If you need to speak to a certain person directly, you may have the option of using the following numbers.

Sally (Centre Manager) –  0480 261 883
Bea (OPAP Coordinator) – 0480 261 901
Andras (IT and CLP Coordinator) – 0468 792 755

The usual secondary method of contact to contact the Reception Desk, the Centre Mobile (0468 792 755), is currently with Andras. Please use that number for both enquiries directed at Andras and for any enquiries that would usually be directed towards the Reception Desk, Andras is happy to assist with either 🙂

Our primary number remains unchanged and is still contactable on 07 4639 2755. Those who have been given other numbers to contact staff directly may continue to use those numbers if they wish. 

At this stage, we can be contacted on the above numbers during work hours (9:00 am – 4:00 pm). Depending on community needs, this may change as well. 

We hope this has made things just a little bit easier for the community to get in touch with us in this time of crisis. Please keep your eyes on this page for more information as it develops.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and East Creek Operations

Please be advised that currently (18th March 2020), OPAP offsite activities (Morning with the Stars, Morning Tea at the Movies, Eating with Friends) have been cancelled until further notice. The Morning with the Stars scheduled for April has also been cancelled, and its recommencement is delayed until further notice. 

Please be advised that currently (17th March 2020 onwards), the Centre has suspended all computer lessons until further notice. This is due to our ongoing duty of care, and fears that this may not be met due to the close proximity that tutors are to participants, and the amount of physical contact the tutors have with participants’ technological devices that increases the risk of transmitting infection. Tutors are happy to receive emails or phone calls to alleviate concerns to the extent they are able, as well as to provide online lessons through Skype / Teamviewer if that alternative suits participants’. Updates to the recommencement of computer lessons will be made on this website, on our Facebook page, specifically targeted emails towards those who have been affected by the cancellations, and through alternate means. 

Please be advised that currently (18th March 2020 onwards), the Centre has suspended all CLP (English Lessons) sessions until further notice. 

Please be advised that currently (18th March 2020) the Centre has suspended all social groups until further notice. We will endeavour to keep in touch with all individuals affected and provide interim solutions to any issues while they are temporarily unable to attend the Centre. 

Please make sure to follow all public health directives (preventative handwashing, self-isolation for those showing symptons, avoiding ‘panic-buying’ etc.) to minimise the risk of infection to yourself and others.

Please keep an eye on this section of the website, or the East Creek Facebook Page (icon in top right of this website or in bottom right) for further information as it develops.

A word from Sally…

See what our Centre Co-Ordinator has to say about the latest that’s been happening at East Creek, and take a look at our Quarterly Centre Newsletter, and see what’s available. Come in and be a part of our many activities, learn more about the Centre, or just join us for a cuppa, it’s all possible at East Creek.

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Message from Bea…

Stay up to date with developments from our Older Person’s Action Program (OPAP) Co-Ordinator Bea. From social groups to outings with friends, there’s sure to be something on offer to appease all eligible individuals.

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Tales from the IT Corner

That stubborn computer / phone / tablet / technical thingamajig not behaving the way you want it to? Drop by the IT Corner, and have one of our skilled, friendly and patient volunteers take a look, fix, and / or teach you the in’s and out’s, no matter the issue. We run our affordable ($3.00 – $5.00 per session negotiable) one-on-one sessions that go at your own pace to make sure you’re never left behind, so give it a try.

Learn the Basics

For those just starting on their Computers / Smartphones / Tablets, we’ll go through all the basics like getting familiar with your device, using the Internet and Email, transferring Photos, using Skype etc. It can be a scary step, with the right support, commitment and dedictation, you can learn what you want quickly and easily. 

Security and Staying Safe Online

The more we become part of the online world, the more important it is to spot the dangers when on the Internet. Having appropriate Internet Security, knowing how spot scams / viruses, and taking adequate precautions when shopping and banking online can keep you safe from fraudsters looking to steal your information / credit card details / identity, so don’t leave it till it’s too late.

Microsoft Office

Learn how to make documents, spreadsheets and powerpoints to nail that presentation, resume / cover letter submission. Great for those looking to upskill themselves, tackle a new job, or just looking to write letters to friends and family.

Whatever else you have trouble with…

Our volunteers are open to the issues they tackle, regardless of how obscure. If at first they don’t succeed, they’ll return to their tech labs and figure it out by the next time you drop by. What’s more, they’re happy to go through it as many times as you need till you’ve finally achieved mastery. We’ve got volunteers available every day of the week at the moment, so give us a call to arrange a time today.

Spelling it out with the Community Literacy Program

Primarily aimed at adults and those of a non-English speaking background (but open to anyone with some English understanding), the Community Literacy Program (CLP) supports those who struggle with certain elements of English literacy and numeracy. These tailored sessions include one-on-one 1hr / week contact time with an experienced tutor that focuses on your area of need. Call the Centre to arrange a time without CLP Co-Ordinator to get started.

Reading
Writing

Speaking

Listening

Social Groups Galore

What better way to be part of the community than to join an activity with people from the community. We’ve got a number of different activities, from activities with meaningful outcomes that help those down on their luck (ie, Blankets for the Homeless group), to more adventurous and creative activities like our Dungeons and Dragons group. See what’s on offer, and we hope to see you there.

Blankets for the Homeless Group

“I thoroughly enjoy my time at the Blanket Group. It motivates me to do work where I see the fruits of my labour first hand.” – Dianna

Cuppa and Cards Group

“I love the social interaction when I play cards every Tuesday. It is a lot of fun and I’ve made some really good friends.” – Lyndell

Disability Art (Artability) Group

“I enjoy colouring!” – Mike

Harmony Playgroup

“A happy, friendly environment to have a chat and meet other mums. Also a great chance for kids to develop their social skills!”  – Mikaela

Crochet Group

“Big and engaged group with a lot of different individual crochet projects going on. We learn from and support each other as we make bigger and better things.” – Lorraine

Stroke Support Group

“Everybody loves our morning teas!” – Nate

Craft Group

“A safe place to meet friends, chat and do all kinds of craftwork.” – Janet

Contact us / Feedback

Please fill in the form below if you would like to get in touch with us, or email / call us at the methods made available below. If using the form below, please ensure you that your contact information is correct, or we will not be able to get back to you.