The Craig Family Centre is a community based organization situated in Ashburton in the municipality of the City of Boroondara. The centre is a purpose built facility to cater for the wide range of Family and Children's services delivered by the organisation.
The Craig Family Centre provides services to support individuals and families within the local community. The centre has a strong community development focus and encourages participation and involvement of the local community.
The centre offers many programs including child care, support programs, health, wellbeing and leisure activities. Membership is open to the people of all age, abilities, backgrounds and cultural groups.
The Craig Family Centre is committed to working with and for the community. The centre is involved in developing community programs, information sharing, mutual support, advocacy and community participation in local and social issues.
The Craig Family Centre has been a treasured community meeting place and children's centre for over 50 years in Ashburton. The Craig started its life as a result of a £2000 bequest from the niece of WEJ Craig, an early Camberwell business man. She donated the money to Camberwell Council to build a Children's Centre as a memorial to her uncle in that part of Ashburton then known as Alamein. Alamein was built by the State government to provide housing for low income families after the Second World War in 1948. Many returned servicemen settled in this area that had streets named after battles they had fought in, planes that had fought for them or carried them and significant events of that war. The main thoroughfare was called Victory Boulevard.
Most families had young children, their fathers worked and at that time most mothers were homemakers. These women wanted a community space where they could meet and a place where their children could share experiences and enrich their learning. They worked hard to establish a community space to meet their needs and so the Craig evolved over the years. They had lots of fun together and lobbied the then Camberwell Council to support them in their endeavour.
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