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Rochester Community House offers many choices

Rochester Community House has recently received fundnig which will see more activities added to the program available.

GRAHAM WILLIS July 31, 2014 3:38am

Rochester’s Sandee Macdonald and Holly Foster regularly use the Rochester Community House computer access facility.

Winter is a busy time at Rochester Community House and last week it hosted its first boxing circuit training, led by fitness trainer Chris Trewin.

House co-ordinator Amanda Logie said 15 people enjoyed the session last week and demand was so great a second session will be held each week.

‘‘We have 13 names for session two,’’ she said.

‘How to help your kids worry less’ run by Ev Holzer of CatholicCare Family Education Team has been another program on.

‘‘This was a great success with many participants gaining much needed parenting skills on the day.’’

Other initiatives include an after-school homework club open to all students and the winter coat drive, in conjunction with Echuca-Moama community projects team, which has already seen more the 100 coats donated.

‘‘If you know of anyone who needs a warm coat for the winter, please contact us,’’ Ms Logie said.

Recently, the house qualified for funding to operate 20 hours a week, which has allowed an expansion of programs.

A Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal grant will run a community workshop, featuring Lisa Smith, allowing people to recognise and build the talents in their community and inspire them to make ideas a reality.

Other weekly programs at the house include aerobics, strength and balance classes, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, community dance, scrabble and card afternoons, computer classes and free computer access.

Community groups can also use the house for meetings.

‘‘We have so much going on, it is fantastic to see so many using our facilities and making the Community House the success it is,’’ Ms Logie said.

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