Welcome to our multi-cultural community centre. It is uniquely located on the campus of Victory Primary School. It is a hub of community activity in central Nelson offering recreational, social, physical activity, cultural support and services for health and wellbeing.
Our doors are open from 8am-5pm weekdays.
Check out the range of possibilities available to YOU through the work of our staff, volunteers, and community people.
All together we make our centre a unique and innovative place which belongs to us all.
Some of our successes:
Operating since 2007. Grown from 2 part time staff to 5 staff = 3.75 full time equivalent.
Increased visits from 14,000 in 1st year to 42,000+. This loosely comprises 14,000 per year in Victory on the Move; 3700 swims in Nelson Intermediate pool (which VCH oversee); 2500 attending Friday night Lark in the Park in summer; 850+ attending annual Matariki Lantern Parade; 1600 new clients every year and over 150 regular parents and adults who are engaged with our Be Well Community Nurse; 600+ counselling hours; 2500+ through specific health services provided; 2500 volunteer hours/year: plus breakfast club, school holiday and after school activities. We also have contractors such as the two current projects - Keep Victory Safe and Extending the Hub (over 2 years).
A wide range of other community agency workers (midwives, health and social service professionals, Refugee Services trainees etc), plus hirers, use the range of facilities regularly (hall, kitchen, meeting room, hangi, garden, and consult rooms). We have other agencies based at the centre - NZ Community Police Base, and Parents as First Teachers.
We hosted the Victory Village Forum in 2011 in partnership with Families Commission and Inspiring Communities, which has helped us develop our reputation as a unique community approach to enhancing social, educational, health and wellbeing across New Zealand country and also internationally. Our recent signing of an MOU with Victory Primary School as partners in wellbeing is also a national first.
We are proud to be the recipient of the inaugural Kiwibank NZ Community of the Year Award 2010.
Prime Minister John Key and winners 2010. Gareth Cashin VCH Programme & Facilities Manager (2nd left back row) and Helen Watson
Victory Primary School Board Chair represented our two organisations at the celebration in Auckland.
We also won NZ Water Safety Award 2011
VCH is also the recipient of the Human Rights Commission Annual Diversity Award 2012.
Richard Butler (ex Advisor to VCH Board) received this award on our behalf.