Community Engagement

Our motto is Community Building Community and we aim to work closely with the communities in the Inner West to develop and deliver services and activities which meet local needs.

We encourage residents to get involved through membership and volunteering, or through participating in one of our Programs.

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The Canterbury Bike Shed provides a space where bicycles are repaired and recycled. Members are also able to share skills, knowledge and experience and meet others in the community who share similar interests.

The Canterbury Bike Shed meets on the first and third Saturday of each month between 9am and 1 pm. New members are always welcome.

Older man working on a piece of wood using hand tools

The Canterbury Men's Shed provides a space for older men to work on projects together, share skills and friendships while building community. The Shed is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and is open to men with or without wood working skills. Enquiries can be directed to Glenn on 9789 2710 on Wednesdays and Fridays or mensshed@4cs.org.au

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Want to live in a clean and healthy environment? Then come and join environment @ Lakemba, a group of local residents who want to make Lakemba a more attractive and healthy place to live by reducing litter and dumping of household goods. Supported by Canterbury City Community Centre and Canterbury Bankstown City Council the group meets regularly to organise a range of activities including; community education campaigns, clean up days and information stalls at the Haldon St Festival and other local events.

 

Lakemba Community Gardeners standing near the herb spiral that they built

The Lakemba Community Garden was established in 2011 in partnership with Canterbury City Council and offers residents the opportunity to grow vegetables and herbs in the company of other residents. The Lakemba Community Garden is located in Jubilee Reserve on the corner of Railway Pde and Bellevue Ave, Lakemba.

The Garden is a space where local residents can grow their own vegetables and contribute toward sustainable living in Sydney. It is also a place to meet other locals, make new friends, get some exercise and fresh air, learn new skills and build on your gardening knowledge.

A row of our I Love Lakemba Mugs

The Lakemba Community Hub doesn't refer to a building but to a collection of services and activities available through our two locations in Lakemba. The main office of the 4cs is situated at 130 Railway Pde Lakemba and is open between 9 am and 4 pm. We also deliver a number of groups at The Cottage at 28 Croydon St Lakemba.

Lakemba is our community and we love it!

Group of women from different cultural backgrounds and different ages holding up crocheted rugs

The Lakemba Ladies Lounge offers a space where women can meet with other women, participate in an activity, learn something new and just relax. It is run by women for women and is held each Thursday between 10am and 1 pm at The Cottage, 28 Croydon St Lakemba. All activities are free and children are welcome. Morning Tea is supplied.

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If you would like more information about the Lakemba Ladies Lounge please call Kate or Romana on 9750 9344.

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Film Project

If there’s one thing that many people in Lakemba feel passionate about, it’s the negative media attention the suburb often receives in the press, radio and television. Tired of the constant bad press that make many residents feel ashamed and frustrated about how their suburb is portrayed, a group of local residents are hoping to change people’s perception by filming the REAL Lakemba.

Mums and their children enjoying a picnic together

Mum 2 Mum brings together women with their children aged 0 – 5 years old with the aim to assist newly arrived women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds practice their English language skills and settle in Australia. With our partners Mums 4 Refugees and CatholicCare the group meets every Wednesday between 9.30 am – 12 pm during school term.

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The Skills Training and Resource Service (STARS) provides a comprehensive Volunteer recruitment, referral and training service for individuals and not for profit Organisations in the local government areas of Canterbury, Marrickville and Leichhardt and surrounding areas. STARS promotes the concept of volunteering within the broader community, and provides practical support in linking individuals, organisations and communities through volunteer work.