The Winchelsea community is close-knit and supportive, and values its rural character.
Growing Winchelsea Inc. is a non for profit group working together with all the community groups in the Winchelsea District.
Growing Winchelsea Inc. seeks to identify community priorities and opportunities and address issues which affect our community, providing Winchelsea with a united voice.
The group comprises volunteer community leaders who offer their time and expertise to assist and promote community groups and their projects.
Growing Winchelsea Inc. has a proud history in connecting with other groups and organisations to facilitate the following programmes:
Bus to the Hub
Organisations involved: Hesse Rural Health Service, Winchelsea Lions Club, Winchelsea Community Bank, Winchelsea Football & Netball Club, Winchelsea Cricket Club.
Beginning in 2013 with the support of Growing Winchelsea Inc, (formally Working With Winchelsea) Hesse Rural Health Service, Winchelsea Community Bank, Winchelsea Lions Club, Surf Coast Shire, Main Street Milk Bar, Winchelsea Football & Netball Club and Winchelsea Cricket Club the bus service has grown and developed over the three years providing courtesy transport each Thursday evening to the local hub and local eateries along with occasional outings to Geelong.
30+ locals are registered with the program and enjoy a weekly outing, meeting new friends, rekindling old friendships and keeping in touch with the local community.
The service provides low cost meals along with the opportunity for fun and friendly socialisation to anyone who is either over the age of 65, finds themselves becoming isolated or has a disability. Together we all come together for an evening meal with friends and keeping in touch with our wider community.
The program will continue just the same with the fabulous volunteers who give of their time so willingly along with the inclusion of Leisure and Lifestyle Staff from Hesse who will now co-ordinate the program.
Now that the program is sustainable and successful it is time to pass the program over to Hesse Rural Health Service so that Growing Winchelsea Inc can concentrate on developing and promoting the wonderful township we live in. We sincerely thank Hesse Rural Health Service for taking on the Bus to Hub program and look forward to its continued success.
Hesse Rural Health Service has been a major sponsor of the program providing the buses since its inception and has now taken on the Bus to Hub program permanently. Growing Winchelsea officially handed over the program to Hesse Rural Health Service as of 1st July 2015.
Anyone wishing to join this fun and friendly group are warmly welcomed. If you would like to come along and give the program a try, we even will shout you your first meal free. What have you got to lose!
The bus travels around town and picks you up from your doorstep between 5.30 – 6.00pm and will have you home in time for the evening movie at 8.30pm
Bookings can be made by calling Ph: 5267 1200
Growing Winchelsea Inc would like to sincerely thank the groups and organisations who have contributed to the success of the program.
Winchelsea Primary School Mentor Program
Organisations involved: Winchelsea Primary School, Community Members, Winchelsea Community Bank, Surf Coast Shire.
At the beginning of 2013 BATForce (Barwon Adolescence Task Force) in partnership with the Surf Coast Shire and Winchelsea Primary School developed a Mentoring Program (based on a similar model to Apollo Bay Secondary College) for our Year 6 children who would be attending secondary school in 2014.
The program was developed in response to evidence that many of our young people who leave Winchelsea Primary School to attend secondary school do not always make a successful and smooth transition. This program aimed to enhance the web of support young people from the region had as they navigate the often challenging world of leaving the region to attend secondary school.
It was a highly successful program throughout 2013/14 (terms 3 & 4 2013 and term 1+ 2014) as the mentors/volunteers from the local community built strong and positive relationships with the students. Many discussions and conversations on a range of issues developed between the students and the mentors over the course of the program – the mentors offered the students ‘The Fifth Finger’ of support, confidence and encouragement. The band of mentors did an amazing job and without their support this program would not have transpired or be sustainable beyond 2014 – a huge ‘thank you’ is extended to them all as they were wonderful!!!
‘The Fifth Finger’ program is continuing in 2014 with our current Year 6 students.
Mens Health Night
Organisations involved: WWW, Hesse Rural Health Service, Winchelsea Community Bank, Winchelsea Lions Club.
Extremely successful night with 100 local men attending, another mens health eventing is planned for 9 October, 2015.
Held in July 2014, the purpose of the meeting, hosted by WWW and WBTA, was to develop the framework for our submission. Issues considered included: Character, Urban design, Structure planning for growth, Transport, Community infrastructure, the environment, employment and industry, Rural, Culture, Sport and leisure, Describing Winchelsea.
Following the meeting, the ideas were documented and submitted to the Surf Coast Shire.
Growing Winchelsea Inc. have hosted a number of community forums to focus on issues in our community.