More doors opened to support community groups

A ceramics studio and youth support group seeking to expand their services in response to strong community demand are among the not-for-profit organisations to find new homes at City properties.

Four new addresses will welcome groups committed to community, cultural and sustainability-focused causes in the latest round of the City’s accommodation grants program.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the mostly volunteer organisations would receive a total of $120,000 in rental subsidies over the next three years. “We currently make space available to 70 organisations at heavily discounted rents across 47 City properties,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Our accommodations grants program provides significant support to community groups and we are opening the doors of some of our under-utilised spaces for even more groups.”

More ceramic artists will be inspired by Kil.n.it Experimental Ceramics Studio when it expands its workshop to an additional space at Glebe Town Hall with around $27,000 in rental assistance over three years.

The not-for-profit organisation already brings together artists and ceramicists at the nearby Glebe Nurses Quarters, where it is supported by another City grant. Strong demand for more classes has prompted it to branch out.

Weave Youth Community Services is also expanding its invaluable work to a space at Waterloo Town Hall thanks to $52,808 in subsidised rent over three years.

Weave provides a range of services to disadvantaged and socially excluded youngsters, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and support for women, parents and carers at Waterloo Library.

Youth Food Movement (YFM), a national organisation that runs food education projects as it seeks to help disadvantaged people access stable, healthy diets, will begin running lessons at the Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator in Glebe.

With a $38,000 City grant to help it work towards its goal of achieving food security in Australia, YFM plans to build partnerships with local youth-based organisations while promoting its projects from the unique Forsyth Street structure, which is new to the program.

The fourth accommodation grant recipient, Sydney School of Arts & Humanities, will utilise two spaces at the Abraham Mott Activity Centre to help emerging local creative-writers complete projects and publish online.

The school will offer opportunities to learn and share stories at the Argyle Street address in The Rocks.

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