Wesley Family Centre Quakers Hill rises from the flames
On a sunny Saturday last month the Wesley Family Centre Quakers Hill reopened after being damaged in a fire in 2013. A crowd of 400 people was there to witness the event with the Rev Dr Keith Garner and his wife Mrs Carol Garner welcoming local Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland MP and Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly MP.
Keith Garner said the reopening of the Wesley Family Centre Quakers Hill is a major milestone for the centre and its staff after a challenging journey since the fire. The centre works out of the Quakers Hill Uniting Church.
“The partnership has existed for many years and is vital to the advancement of our ongoing work,” he said. “It was good to share with the Uniting Church and its leadership in this ongoing venture together.
“I would also very much like to acknowledge the fact that the hard work and determination of staff has allowed us to continue to support families in the area,” he said.
The fire did not stop Wesley Mission staff from helping families
Megan Turner, Manager, Wesley Family Centre Quakers Hill said the fire pushed the team to the limit but they received great support from across Wesley Mission.
“The team lost everything in the fire and it was tough initially,” she said.
“The Quakers Hill team itself did not stop, calling clients and arranging home visits or other spaces to meet. The physical demand of travelling to clients’ homes and organising large community events from a distance was a challenge.
“Most importantly our team continued to support families and the community.”
Ready to serve
Megan said the centre is once again providing child, youth and family support, parenting groups and community development groups, including play groups and healthy eating programs.
“It is great to be back in the community,” she said. “The opening was a huge celebration for our centre, as well as the Uniting Church congregation and Noah’s Ark preschool who share the building.”
The local school community and police representatives were also there as the local Filipino choir sang.