New community service Connect Australia to launch in Alkimos this month

Chantelle St James (founder of Connect Australia) with Dave and Jan Gray (Alkimos). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Chantelle St James (founder of Connect Australia) with Dave and Jan Gray (Alkimos). Photo: Martin Kennealey

A NORTHERN suburbs charity that aims to help developing communities will launch in Alkimos this month.

Connect Australia founder Chantelle St James said Alkimos and Eglinton residents had teamed up to start the non-profit group.

Ms St James said owners of a space next to Alkimos Medical Centre had agreed to let the charity operate from the site and it would open on February 20 in a ‘save the space’ project.

“The space will convert to a community hub, bring cafe services from 7.30am to 2.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday, along with a wide range of activities and programs to engage and add value to the surrounding community,” she said.

“The concept is to connect and form meaningful relationships with those living close, keeping people connect brings happiness, maintains mental health and wellbeing.”

Ms St James said the first community initiative at the Alkimos Connect Hub would be an over 55s art exhibition running until April 20, where people and businesses could support artists by buying art.

“The initiative is in a bid to provide additional support to the aging community that are no longer able to work in other capacities,” she said.

For more information, email info@connectaustralia.org.au