October 12, 2023

  • Not-for-profit playgroups empowered through Albemarle’s Community Grants Program
  • Additional funding leads to improved safety measures and extra resources

Albemarle’s Community Grants Program is helping to create safer play environments, increase resources and provide vital family support at South West playgroups and daycare centres.

The Hudson Road Family Centre, a not-for-profit multicultural playgroup in Bunbury, is the latest example of how the grants program is helping to build more resilient communities.

Hudson Road Centre Development Manager Jennifer Monaghan said Albemarle’s support had enabled the centre to improve safety measures through the relocation of door handles and sandpit repairs, and increase resources for activities.

“The funds have allowed us to create a more welcoming environment for multicultural families as well as other groups who attend, and provide morning tea to families,” she said.

“Bunbury and its surrounds have a high population of migrants who play an essential role in meeting local employment needs.

“We provide group activities for children, promoting school readiness, and a space for caregivers to practice English, learn about Australian culture and seek guidance from staff on Australian systems, particularly healthcare and education.

“Most importantly, it provides a social network that families can rely on for support and connection, essentially becoming their Aussie family.”

Albemarle Australia Country Manager Beverley East said it was rewarding to see the wide-reaching benefits of the grants program.

“Hudson Road is a good example of how our grants help bring about positive change and create a sense of inclusivity and connection across the South West region,” Ms East said.

Other Albemarle grants provided in 2023 to not-for-profit family centres include the Riverlinks Child Care & Community Centre for the purchase of shade sails above new nature-based play equipment, and the Eaton Family Centre - a newly established playgroup that aims to connect families from pregnancy and birth through to the early years.

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