Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Community engagement is a key principle expressed in the delivery of all of CCCi’s programs. We also deliver specific Community Engagement activities that help to build a collective vision and foster the mutually supportive participation of the community, including:

  • Inner West Community A Fair – a monthly event hosted by Addison Road Community Centre Organisation
  • Involvement in special expos and events, such as the Marrickville Senior Health and Wellbeing Expo, Multicultural Information Day.
  • Jointly organise events for seniors to promote cultural inclusion, active seniors, and increasing independence.

Read below about some of our past events.

Inner West Seniors Festival 2020

large group of seniors attending the festival celebration

We supported the 2020 Inner West Seniors Festival in February. The highlight event was the Seniors Festival celebration at Gumbramarra Hall on 19th February 2020, where seniors participated in a range of fun creative and wellbeing activities, were treated to cultural performances and engaged with local service providers. 

Our own Community Development Officer, Jessie Phibbs, was interviewed with Radio Skid Row about the event. Listen to the interview below.

Grandparents Day

Vivi Martin reads to grandparents and children, accompanied by Garranga Burmarri the pelican

Grandparents play a key role in the care of young children and they are a valued part of many families. Research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies found that 50% of children under 5 years old are cared by a grandparent at least one day a week. This support is especially important for single parent families and families with working parents.  

That’s why Grandparents Day is such a special event for us. CCCi partnered with the Inner West Vietnamese Language School and Connect Marrickville School as Community Centre (SaCC) to host Grandparents Day on 27th October 2019 at Marrickville Library and Pavilion.

Vietnamese grandparents and children were able to enjoy each other’s company, sharing stories, music and conversations. They were also treated to performances and took part in some relaxing Tai Chi. We had over 150 participants, young and old, take part. And of course, we were supported with our invaluable volunteers.

Story time was led by Vivi Martin from Connect Marrickville SaCC and featured a surprise appearance from Garranga Burmarri the pelican! The children also had the opportunity to read to the grandparents their favourite stories.

The event was full of fun and laughter among the young children and the young-at-heart. The intergenerational focus of Grandparents Day highlights just how beneficial it is for both children and older people to be engaging with and learning from each other. While there may be a significant age difference, the young and old have a lot to offer each other.