What we do

Our purpose is to build a strong and inclusive community in Surry Hills – it has been since 1978. Our dedicated team is here to provide a safe, healthy and caring environment where people can connect, access support, learn new things, and give to others. Everything we do is driven by respect and social justice and is a celebration of equality and diversity.

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All donations go directly to support our community programs.

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The Voice Position Statement

The Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges the generous invitation from First Nations Australians to the Australian people as expressed in the Statement from the Heart, and fully endorses the establishment of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament (henceforth ‘the Voice’), enshrined in the Australian Constitution.

We firmly believe that the Voice is an appropriate act of recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a crucial first step towards justice, reconciliation and healing.

Furthermore, by ensuring decisions affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are guided by their own wisdom, we hope that as a nation we can address some of the most pressing issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities today, including children being taken from their families; high rates of incarceration; overcrowded housing and homelessness; and poor health and life expectancy outcomes. We expect that the Voice will hold governments to account for achieving the Closing the Gap targets.

The upcoming referendum on the Voice, set down for Saturday 14 October, is one of the most important moments in the history of our democracy. We acknowledge that, among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, there are many different views on the Statement from the Heart and the Voice. We also acknowledge that, in the lead up to the referendum, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities may experience trauma, stress and racism. We are therefore committed to promoting respectful dialogue on these issues that is well-informed and where all are able to participate safely.

Regardless of the outcome, the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre will continue to partner with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals for the sake of justice, reconciliation and healing in our own community. We will also support any future steps towards the establishment of a treaty and a truth-telling commission.

We urge all Australians to make an informed decision as they vote in the referendum on 14 October 2023.

You can find the Australian Electoral Commission’s ‘Yes/No Referendum Pamphlet’ here  and a factsheet about disinformation here.

Long Day Care

In the world as it is today, children give us a priceless gift – they remind us that wonderful things are everywhere! You and your child have an exciting journey ahead, and at our Centre we are grateful to be part of this journey.

Combining love for old-world values with the exciting principles of modern day education, we aim to inspire the children in our care to be creative and to enjoy discovery and learning.

Provided by the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre – proudly serving the community for over 40 years.

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Activities

Monday Wednesday Friday 8.00am – 9.00am.

Computer Support
Drop-In

One-on-one computer support to help you navigate the digital world.

Laptops and Wi-Fi are available on-site.

You can also bring your own device or phone.

  • Understanding essential Apps and how to use them e.g. My Aged Care, My Gov, Banking
  • How to access emails
  • How to use Facebook and other social media platforms
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Tai Chi

All members of the community are welcome to join our Tai Chi class. Our teacher has extensive experience, including with students who’ve never tried it before!

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Creative Table

LAUGH, CREATE, CONNECT

A great opportunity to get involved in doing arts and crafts in a relaxed environment. Come along to meet people and explore your creative side.

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Surry Hills Markets

Vintage fashion, valuable antiques, books, hand-made beauty products and designer labels – our markets have it all. Head in during rain or shine to pick up new and pre-loved goods from more than sixty stalls. It’s the perfect place to find gifts (for both you and others).

First Saturday of every month

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News & Information

Community, Information

It has been a privilege to connect with and support you, our community, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the new year.

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Community, Information

One-on-One Computer Support for people who want to learn more about their computer, phone or iPad.

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Community, Information

You are invited to attend our 2023 Annual General Meeting, in the Enid Cook Room at SHNC, on the 5th December at 6.30pm.

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Become a Volunteer

The Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre wouldn’t be half of what it is without our wonderful volunteers and members. While we receive some government funding and support, these resources don’t cover all the important services we offer. Become a volunteer and make a positive impact on your local community – and reap benefits and gain fulfilment from being active and socially engaged, too!

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