Belong

Acacia Ridge Community Centre

21 Hanify Street Acacia Ridge Q 4110
Phone: (07) 3277 4893

PROGRAMS & SERVICES


NewAccess is a program developed by beyondblue for people experiencing anxiety or depression.  It is a free 6 session program that helps you tackle life’s pressures such as work stress, family problems, financial worries and general everyday stress.  This program is now available in Brisbane South at the Acacia Ridge Community Centre and it is especially designed for adults from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Please call 3277 4231 to talk to our friendly team or to make a booking today click here.

ABOUT US

belong is the new brand and trading name for Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc. (ARCSI), first established in 1989 as a not-for-profit community-based organisation that provides services and support to the communities of Acacia Ridge and nearby suburbs. The centre of our catchment area on Brisbane’s Southside ranges from Moorooka southwards to Larapinta, and from Inala eastwards to Eight Mile Plains. The addition of recent programs now sees our catchment extend across the Southside of Brisbane, and into other nearby local government areas including Logan and the Scenic Rim.

In our 25-year history, we have grown from a modest neighbourhood house offering a meeting space for members of the community to a vibrant agency servicing some of the highest-need suburbs on Brisbane’s Southside. Our team of staff and volunteers share a belief that communities are strengthened when their most vulnerable members are supported and included in all aspects of life. We welcome and offer support for families, individuals and communities in a safe and respectful environment, delivering a range of programs and services in response to identified local needs and aspirations.

At belong, we work in partnership with communities, other service providers and local businesses to ensure we remain responsive and relevant to local community needs, and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

belong operates two community venues:

The Acacia Ridge Community Centre is located at 21 Hanify St, Acacia Ridge, adjacent to beautiful Grenier Park. The Community Centre is a place of welcome for members of the community and home to the majority of our Programs & Services.

Our new venture, The Social Space, is at the corner of Clifton and Fleurs Streets in Moorooka, the site of the former Annerley-Moorooka Senior Citizens’ Hall. We recently took over the lease for this building with the intention of transforming it into a dynamic community and social enterprise hub. We will post updates on developments at this site in our News page.

Both sites offer venue hire to members of the community. For more detail, please click here.

Vision
belong will respond effectively to community need and increase community members’ opportunities for participation in life.

Mission

  • To provide a safe and welcoming centre where the community feels comfortable to come and access the assistance they need.
  • To provide comprehensive, relevant and easy-to-access community services to Acacia Ridge and districts via direct service provision or partnerships.
  • To build the capacity of Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse, and all local communities.
  • To provide opportunities for community members to grow and engage in the broader community.
  • To have happy, healthy and harmonious staff, volunteers, management committee and members.
  • To increase and maintain the sustainability and viability of the organisation to ensure long-term service provision.

Values

  • Social Justice: We believe that the dignity of all members of the community is invaluable and that their rights and responsibilities should be supported.
  • Mutual Respect: We give and expect respect in all relationships and partnerships.
  • Community Building: We build the capacity of individuals and communities to help themselves and others.
  • Diversity: We embrace diversity to enhance the community and create social cohesiveness.
  • Community-Focused: The needs and interests of the community are our priority and we work together to achieve them.
  • Partnership: We will work collaboratively with the community and all stakeholders to provide services.
  • Engagement and Participation: We work closely with community members to support and encourage them to participate and direct their own progress.
  • Relevance: Services we provide are reviewed and adjusted to accommodate the changing needs of the community.
  • Sustainability and Accountability: We are transparent in our transactions and create programs that have long-term sustainability.
  • Professionalism: We offer quality services and always conduct ourselves in a professional manner.

The team at belong includes people from a wide variety of cultural and professional backgrounds, and many different life journeys. belong takes pride in our inclusive culture, where the diversity of professional and life experiences of our team is valued as our greatest strength.

Get Involved

Accessing Programs & Services

All members of the community are welcome to visit or phone the Acacia Ridge Community Centre to have a chat with one of our great staff or volunteers.

The Community Centre is open to the public Monday to Thursday, 9.00am – 2.00pm, and outside of these times by appointment only. The centre’s phone number is (07) 3277 4893.

We offer many Programs & Services in-house and provide access to a wide range of other services in the area. The Community Centre also provides free access to phone and the internet to members of the community.

Our new venue in Moorooka, The Social Space, is now open, and home to our Community Kitchen and Stitched Up social enterprises.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, make friends and feel connected to your community. Many of our programs and activities, as well as general centre operations and maintenance, rely on the contribution of countless dedicated and passionate volunteers.

Opportunities for volunteer engagement at the centre include:

  • Food Co-op, including daily bus runs to Foodbank to collect groceries and products
  • General centre and yard maintenance and cleaning
  • Reception and office administrative support
  • English language and literacy tutoring
  • Basic computer skills training
  • Community Garden maintenance and development
  • Business mentoring to develop social enterprise activities
  • Job seeker mentoring, including job search, application writing and interview preparation

If you are interested in any of the above areas, or have your own idea for a community-based activity you would like to set up, please contact us.

Work for Us

We do not have any vacancies advertised currently. But watch this space! All vacancies are posted here, and shared via our facebook page.

Calendar

To see our upcoming events, please visit our Events Page.

Contact Us

belong 
PO Box 193
Acacia Ridge Q 4110

Acacia Ridge Community Centre
21 Hanify St
Acacia Ridge Q 4110
Phone: (07) 3277 4893
Email: info@belong.org.au
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 2.00pm; and until 4.30 pm by appointment.

The Social Space
21 Clifton St
Moorooka Q 4105
Phone: (07) 3075 8925
Email: info@belong.org.au
Hours: By appointment