Welcome to Geeveston Community Centre
Geeveston Community Centre, known locally as GeCo, is Australia’s southernmost Neighbourhood House and is part of the Neighbourhood House Tasmania (NHT) network. GeCo was established 29 years ago and is located in the beautiful township of Geeveston.
Our centre is warm and welcoming and there are a range of activities and resources on offer to support local people. Drop-in or get in touch.
GeCo’s mission is to mitigate the social impacts of the decline of Geeveston’s primary industries by bringing people together to focus upon opportunities, wellbeing and equity. We take a strengths approach to community development by providing spaces of safety and support so that locals feel connected to their community and we all have the opportunity to explore our gifts and talents. Our objective is to build capacity through skill development, education and by partnering with other organisations to deliver maximum social benefit.
To find out more about our history from 1980 to 2020 view our history timeline.
Over the next 12 months, you will see some fantastic renovations occurring to bring you a new library, computer area, dedicated exercise room, 24 hour shower and laundry and a commercial kitchen!
GeCo acknowledges the mellukerdee people of the South East Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which our community centre stands. We respectfully recognise Elders past, present and emerging who are the Traditional Custodians of lands across Australia.
GeCo receives funding from the Department of Communities, other government departments and philanthropic groups.
A range of services & programs
GeCo’s services and projects vary from time to time but all are focused on community wellbeing and equity. These include:
- Art and craft groups
- School holiday programs
- Driver mentor training for learner drivers known as Jumpstart
- Literacy and numeracy support
- Community meals, shared lunches and cooking classes
- A community shed called ‘The Doghouse’
- An organic farm called Scrubby Hill Farm
- Fresh Choice food co-op veggie boxes
- Emergency food program
- Huon Domestic Violence Service
- and more!
Use the menu system to explore all we currently have on offer.
Through a network of volunteers, JumpStart assists learner drivers to get through their P tests. In 2019 mentors spent hundreds of hours on the road with learners and 9 people passed the test!
GeCo Productions Featuring
The Community Shed (Dog House) is affiliated with the Australian Men’s Shed Association and the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association. In 2019 the shed had over 582 attendances with community members undertaking a range of tasks from social visits to utilising the wide range of machinery.
Open to both men and women aged over 18 years of age
There is no membership or usage fee, just come along and enjoy access and community.
Wide range of tools and machinery
From your workshop standard toos to speciality machinery we have what you need to complete basic to advanced jobs. We can also help you learn how to use the machinery safely.
At GeCo our vision is to work with the community to address local needs, provide quality opportunities for learning and growth and support a vibrant sustainable community.
Our Mission has four aims:
- Connect community,
- Support people,
- Create opportunities and
- Encourage local leadership.
We model these values:
- Respect (each other, difference, environment)
- Empower the community to take part
- Work collaboratively to improve people’s lives
We are part of neighbourhood houses across Tasmania & Australia
GeCo is part of the Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania (NHT) network. NHT is the peak body for 35 Neighbourhood Houses across Tasmania.
NHT is not the decision-making body for GeCo, but exists to represent, support and enable our community house. NHT help us do what we do best-use a community development approach to support local communities in ways that make a real difference in people’s lives.
Learn more about the Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania.
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