The Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre, Inc is a not for profit organisation funded by Human Services Community Services (formerly DoCS). The Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre caters for non-English-speaking background people of all ages and is managed by an annually elected community based board of governance.
We provide a pleasant informal centre, which is inclusive, non-sectarian and non-political.
Our main goal is to assist migrants and refugees of all ethnic backgrounds to integrate into the local Australian community.
We welcome people from all backgrounds to join as volunteers, participate in activities, courses, programs or just come in for a chat.
Volunteers are also encouraged to come and help.
Residents have a "local" place where they can participate in local activities as well as multicultural activities. They can obtain information and/or referrals to other mainstream services around the City. We hold information on all types of services for all ages in English as well as other languages.
The Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) currently operates from our newly renovated premises at Lambton and is located in an area with good public transport. Our new building consist of 3 offices, 3 large class rooms, large computer lab, modern kitchen, ladies, gents and children rest rooms, large activity room and a fenced area for the multicultural play-session with child proof gate together with a huge backyard and a community garden.
People from all over the globe attended English and Australian Conversation classes at the Centre. Whilst we encourage individuals to maintain their cultural heritage we provide a place where everyone is welcome. They come to learn English, learn about Australia and learn to live peacefully within a multicultural society.
We promote and disseminate information on the cultural contribution of the various ethnic groups that make up the City of Newcastle.
Local residents and their children, who are not from non-English speaking backgrounds are invited and are presently involved in a number of activities as volunteers, and help with computer classes, craft, parenting, citizenship and other "Aussie" lessons with our non-English-speaking clients. Their participation encourages understanding, tolerance, appreciation and acceptance of cultural differences.