Groups & Services
SMACD provides a variety of classes, groups and activities. These activities range from Tai Chi, Women’s Groups, Koori Kinship Carers Group, Tapestry, Creative Writing, Card-Making class, plus a variety of Arts and Crafts programs. See What’s On for detailed information and current calendar.
Community development is a process where community members and individuals come together to take collective action, seek and develop solutions to local problems.
Community development ranges from small initiatives to large initiatives that involve the broader community.
Quality community development is a long term endeavour that is well planned, inclusive and equitable, initiated and supported by community members and is of benefit to the community. SMACD seeks to improve the quality of life of their local residents and recognizes the connection between social, cultural, environmental and economic matters, the diversity of interests in the community and capacity building.
The values and principles that underpin our work in the St Marys area are:
- Community Inclusion and Participation – community members have a valuable contribution to the organisation and are integral to the decision-making, evaluation, provision, participation and direction setting at all levels.
- Empowerment – The process that respects, values and enhances people’s ability to have control over their lives is put into practice.
- Lifelong Learning – Learning is integrated into all aspects of centre activities, thus building and supporting the personal skills, knowledge, abilities and resilience of people.
- Access and Equity – our centre is accessible and welcoming. The diverse contributions that people make are valued, no matter what their background or varying abilities.
- Social Justice – Internal and external factors that impact on the local community are analysed and relationships between individuals, groups and organisations and within the community are transformed through collective action.
- Advocacy – In meeting individual and group needs, we act with, or on behalf of, community members.
- Networking – Linking, forming alliances, collaborating and working with individuals, groups, other agencies, government and business are crucial, with interaction between formal and informal methods to achieve connections within the local communities.
Some of the activities include:
- Free tax help
- A space for service providers to outreach services to the local community
- Parent support groups
- Health, wellbeing and sustainability workshops
- Events such as Harmony Day celebrations, White Ribbon Day, Community Services Expo’s, International Women’s Day events and other special interest activities.
Does your organisation need a space to outreach to the wider community? Please contact the office on 02 9673 2169 to discuss the options available to you.
SMACD offers a free and confidential Information and referral service which can put you in touch with relevant services in the Penrith area.
We can assist by providing information on a broad range of issues including housing, legal issues, education, employment, family counselling, health and recreation, cultural awareness, sports and arts and assisting with referrals to services that will assist you to address your needs.
SMACD has a range of resources available to the community both in the centre and on our website: see our Resources section in the Menu.
Our aim is to forge strong partnerships with a range of different services in the St Marys Area to improve the provision of services to our local community.
Through attendance at the Interagency, workers will:
- Gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the work that other organisations undertake, including their objectives, target group and referral pathways
- Identify opportunities to participate in collaborative partnerships
- Form good working relationships with other service providers
- Information share about service activities, changes to legislation and new initiatives available in the local area
- To act a resource to the wider community sector in the Penrith LGA
Good practice principles include being:
- client focused
- build on client’s strengths
- openness and honesty
- willingness to work together
- preparedness to try new ways
The interagency works to provide a seamless service provision, coordinate the best use of resources in our community and improve communication between organisations and improved outcomes for clients.