One source to access local services

6 June 2017

The Gold Coast Community Directory is here. This free one stop shop showcases the plethora of local services available to all members of the community, in particular for people with disabilities and seniors.

Division 6 Councillor Dawn Crichlow said the online version was receiving more than 53,000 visits per month, proving it is extremely popular with residents, visitors and organisations.

“The 24/7 platform provides listings for more than 2800 community based services right at your fingertips including City libraries and community centres; information and counselling services; seniors’ services; disability services; health services; sports and community clubs and interest groups,” Cr Crichlow said.

“The directory is up to date, has a search function and also has maps to assist community members to find activities in convenient locations.

Being a part of something gives people a sense of belonging and being connected. The Community Directory fosters a strong sense of community where our proud Gold Coasters can get involved in anything from walking groups to tai chi and access support services such as counselling and legal services,” she said.

Ms Anita Hill from Biggera Waters is testament to the value of the directory.

“When I moved to Australia from New Zealand 14 years ago I had no knowledge of the Coast, social networks or how to get by here. I felt a bit isolated and didn’t know anyone,” Ms Hill said.

“I picked up the directory and soon became part of the University of the Third Age, Labrador Senior Citizens and the Southport Yacht Club. I made a lot of contacts and was soon part of different social activities like going to the theatre, sporting events and playing cards.

“The guide made me feel connected to the community and not lonely. I encourage anyone wishing to meet people and feel involved to have a look,” she said.

The directory is a joint venture between City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and Advice Bureau Inc.

For assistance with registration or updating listings, organisations can contact the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and Advice Bureau at guide@advicebureau.org.au or phone 07 5532 9611.

Visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/communitydirectory for more information.

 

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