Yangebup Family Centre Finalist in the 2018 Community Services Excellence Awards – April 2018
The Yangebup Family Centre is honoured and excited to be a Finalist in the 2018 Community Services Excellence Awards. The awards recognise the positive difference organisations are making to the lives of individuals, families or communities through collaborative, innovative and creative programs or services.

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk announced the finalists in the 19th Community Services Excellence Awards.  Ms McGurk said, “The range of projects and activities contained within these nominations is inspiring and great news for thousands of Western Australians who rely on the sector for so much guidance, support and life-affirming opportunities.”

A total of 31 outstanding organisations and individuals in Western Australia’s community services sector have been announced as finalists in the 2018 Community Services Excellence Awards.
Finalists in the biennial awards included family, legal, advocacy, Aboriginal, mental health, and youth organisations, which had made a significant contribution in the community services sector. There are eight categories, including two new categories that recognise individual achievements.

The Yangebup Family Centre is a finalist in Category 1 – Small organisation. The Yangebup Family Centre is a community managed not-for-profit organisation that promotes connection and wellbeing in the local community. The centre is a cultural hub where children, families, individuals and seniors can embrace diversity and belonging. We build capacity through our flourishing community groups, collaborative partnerships and strong relationships with residents and stakeholders for over 25 years.

YFC Manager, Samantha Williams was very excited to be a Finalist “We are very proud of our achievements and the difference we make in providing a cultural hub and a safe inclusive environment for our culturally diverse community to share and support each other where everyone is welcome.”

The winners will be announced on May 2 at the 2018 Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) conference, of which the State Government is a Platinum sponsor.
In 2017-18, the State Government is providing $755,832 to WACOSS for sector support activities.  The 2018 Community Services Excellence Awards are presented by WACOSS in partnership with the Department of Communities.


Lantern CNY 2018Celebrating Chinese New Year in Cockburn – February 2018

The Yangebup Family Centre hosted a Chinese New Year celebration as part of the Connecting Community for Kids Celebrate Culture Cockburn Action Team initiative.  The festival was an opportunity for the whole community to come together and experience Chinese culture and traditions.
Over one hundred people came along to enjoy spring rolls, traditional love letter crepes and to find their luck in a fortune cookie. Children were busy making paper Chinese lanterns, crafting Chinese animal signs from playdough, dressing in cultural attire and learning how to use chopsticks. A few kids braved the Chinese lion and loved banging the drums and cymbals. Attendees were able to discover their own animal sign and learn of the character traits. Each family was handed a red envelope of lucky money (gold foil covered chocolate) as they departed to signify good fortune and positive wishes for the Lunar New Year.
Huey Teoh, Action Team Community Champion and regular attendee at Yangebup Family Centre was so pleased to see so many people enjoying the atmosphere, “I was very excited to have the opportunity to share my Chinese culture with others in my community.”
Samantha Williams, Centre Manager at Yangebup Family Centre added “it was great to see so many people come along to celebrate Chinese New Year and learn about the traditions.”
The Celebrate Culture Cockburn Action Team is one of eight volunteer groups working with Connecting Community for Kids to implement projects in Cockburn and Kwinana. The goal of the Action Team is to promote and celebrate the vibrant cultures in the Cockburn community and provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
Huey CNY 2018

Linkwest AwardsYangebup Family Centre receives top honours – September 2017

The Yangebup Family Centre has been recognised for its hard work taking out two awards at the 2017 Linkwest Conference for Inclusion and Sustainability.

The awards honour the work undertaken by Linkwest member Centres and the positive difference they have made within their communities over the past 24 months. The winners of the Linkwest Awesomeness Awards 2017 were announced at a celebration lunch, held on the final day of the Belonging conference.

The Inclusion Award is given to the Centre that has made an outstanding contribution to supporting diversity and fostering inclusion.
The Yangebup Family Centre has actively sought greater engagement with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse members of our community.  In partnership with the City of Cockburn, the Centre has established and successfully run the Women of the World program, a community support group for women who have moved to Perth from interstate and overseas.  The program has led to a range of successful events and programs, and as a result, many linkages and friendships have been formed, and the confidence of participants has blossomed.
The Sustainability Award recognises the Centre that has demonstrated commitment to the development of initiatives that improve the short and long term sustainability of their organisation.
The Yangebup Family Centre has shown that a clear shared vision, planning for meaningful outcomes and galvanising the community, makes for a vibrant Centre. With a vision for diversity, Yangebup has encouraged new members from its community by arranging thoughtful events and providing a warm welcome to all. The Centre’s Suq Al‘usra Family Market, and Harmony Day were two major events.  This year the Centre also celebrates 25 years of serving the Yangebup and surrounding communities.
Treasurer, Samara Jelinek, was also a finalist for the Volunteer of the Year award recognising her outstanding voluntary contribution that has made a positive impact on the Centre and our community.

past members

Yangebup Family Centre celebrates 25 years in the Community – August 2017

There was a break in the weather just in time for a special Community Open Day held to celebrate the Yangebup Family Centres 25th Anniversary.
Special guests including Hon Simone McGurk (Minister for Communities), Hon Dr Carmen Lawrence (former Premier), Hon Fran Logan (Minister and Member for Cockburn) and Mayor Logan Howlett (City of Cockburn) mixed with locals, past members, committee members, staff, partners and volunteers for a day of celebration.
The Leeming Area Band Clarinet Ensemble and Choir4kids provided entertainment.  There were a host of activities for the kids including henna, face painting, reptile handling, karaoke and a bouncy castle. A wide range of community stalls provided local information which included Neighbourhood Watch, resident associations, Little Athletics, Girls Brigade, City of Cockburn Family and Support services, Connecting Communities for Kids and centre groups like Crafternoon Tea and our seniors group, the Yangebup Leisure Group.
A special presentation was held with Minister McGurk and Dr Lawrence presenting awards of recognition to past members of the Yangebup Family Centre.  Minister McGurk said “Centres like this really are the pulse of the local community and, from a State Government point of view, we recognise that and we want to do all that we can to continue to support centres like this. “
The Yangebup Family Centre welcomed Dr Lawrence back to the centre after originally opening the centre on the 14 August 1992 as part of a government initiative to invest in a program that would be good for the long term.  Dr Lawrence said ” They work extremely well. The education of children, play opportunities, the connection of parents, the reduction of isolation, the place for people to come and do other things. These were all our goals and I’ve seen them realised in spades.  That small investment all those years ago, and frankly the small investment today still on a recurrent basis, produces outcomes that I think we should never underestimate. “
Over the years the programs provided at the Yangebup Family Centre have changed as the community has evolved.  From Tai Chi to Facebook for Beginners, from the Country Women’s Association to Women of the World.  The centre currently provides a home to 14 regular groups and a wide range of workshops with around 500 families attending regularly.  Dr Lawrence added,” This is not about service delivery, this is about community building community participation.”
Yangebup Family Centre Manager, Samantha Williams said, “The Yangebup Family Centre is a cultural hub where everyone is welcome. Today’s celebrations are a true reflection of our commitment to supporting the local community, and we want to ensure that the Yangebup Family Centre continues to provide a place for community, where everyone can belong.”

Watch Hon Dr Carmen Lawrence speak at the YFC Open Day


Suq Al’usra promotes Belonging – May 2017
The Yangebup Family Centre was buzzing on Friday 5 May with almost 300 people attending the Suq Al’usra Family Market. ‘Suq Al’usra’ is arabic for ‘Family Market’ and was chosen to celebrate the cultural heritage of staff member, Salma Al Saliby, who is originally from Jordan.
The Suq Al’usra Family Market was proudly supported by Linkwest who provided $500 as part of the Neighbourhood House Week celebrations.  Neighbourhood House Week, is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the role of neighbourhood centres in the community. A common thread that runs through every one of the 1000+ Centres across Australia (with over 150 in WA) is their inclusive nature: anyone and everyone is welcome, and members of the community are encouraged to help in the Centre’s organisation, management and use. All this makes Neighbourhood Centres like the Yangebup Family Centre real hubs of their community, places where friendships are formed and nurtured, and where people of all ages and all walks of life can really feel that they belong.
In 2017, Neighbourhood House Week celebrates this sense of Belonging. Neighbourhood Centres belong to the community, and in turn they offer the community a welcoming space where they can feel a part of something: a place to belong.
Yangebup Family Centre Manager, Samantha Williams, said that the Suq Al’usra Family Market was a great opportunity for the local community to come together.  ‘There was a great atmosphere with live music, food and entertainment. The henna and ‘turbans and trust’ were very popular.  Turbans and trust tie turbans on for people to wear during the event to experience something new. It was also an excellent opportunity to talk with people from our community’.
The Family Centre provides children’s programs including playgroup, kindy and occasional care, in addition to programs for seniors and parents in the community.



Art represents diversity of Cockburn – September 2016
The Totem Poles at the Yangebup Family Centre have been upgraded to create a welcoming entrance reflecting the cultural diversity of the Cockburn community.
The City of Cockburn provided a Cultural Grant of $3 860 to the Yangebup Family Centre to replace the original Totem Poles which had been badly damaged by termites.  Jahne Rees, the original artist who assisted with the creation of the Totem Poles in 2008, was commissioned for the new community art project.
Jahne worked with the Women of the World, a multicultural women’s group that meets at the Yangebup Family Centre, to bring the Totem Poles back to life. The participants designed and painted three poles representing the flora, fauna and landscapes of their native countries.  With the final totem pole, Yangebup Family Centre members were invited to write ‘welcome’ and ‘hello’ in their native languages.  The children that attend the centre then had great fun adding their handprints to the Totem Poles.
The result is a vibrant art piece that celebrates cultural diversity as well as being a celebration of the individuals and families that attend the centre.  Yangebup Family Centre Manager, Samantha Williams, feels that this community art project has brought members of the centre together to create a welcoming outdoor area which will encourage others to attend the centre.  “We are creating a vibrant centre that is a hub for the local community to come together and everyone is welcome,” she said.
City of Cockburn Family Support Co-ordinator, Alexandra Barker, said the Women of the World group is made up of culturally diverse women and their families and the artwork that now adorns the poles is representative of that diversity and of the diversity of the Cockburn community.  “The poles are a joyful and bright welcome to the Yangebup Family Centre and represent those who use the centre and their families,” she said.