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Welcome to the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre

Since we opened our doors in 1986, the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre has connected and supported the local community in New Farm. In  2014 the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre joined the Communify family. This merger has brought the suite of Communify services to the New Farm community.

Located in Brunswick Street, opposite beautiful New Farm Park, we provide a place for people to meet, use our facilities, join activities and tap into support services.

We offer free help with the challenges that life can bring and provide a wide range of social activities and events. You’re welcome to use our kitchen, laundry, showers and computers  or just to drop by for a chat.

Everyone is welcome at our neighbourhood centre. The Centre is a shared space and everyone is required follow our visitor guidelines and be respectful to each other to create a safe and inclusive place for everyone who visits.

Drop-in to say hello or download our New Farm Neighbourhood Centre Brochure to see what services we offer.

Transport

Buses 196 and 199 stop near the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre at 967 Brunswick St.

There is some street parking nearby, although be advised there is no onsite parking.

See also: Translink

Opening hours
  • Monday: 9am-1pm
  • Tuesday: 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday: closed
  • Thursday: 9am-1pm
  • Friday: 9am-1pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: closed

Our Centre offers a variety of support services in a safe space, open to everyone. Visit us to find out about our facilities and services, and see what activities we have happening.

We offer:

  • Information and referral drop-in or call us to ask for information about local services and support or book an appointment for a chat about how we can help.
  • Toasty program you are welcome to use the kitchen facilities to make a toasty or help yourself to a cuppa and other yummy home baked foods.
  • Food relief, supported by Second Bite, food packages are prepared and are available for pick up once a week.
  • Computers book the use of one of our computers. You can access printing, photocopying and use our phone.
  • Laundry and showers are available for anyone to use.
  • Our library please borrow or contribute books to our free book exchange.
  • Emergency relief book an appointment to discuss emergency relief.
  • No-Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) talk to us about how this program can help you.
  • Our coffee cart sits outside our building and is a buzzing social hub where people can come together over an excellent Merlo coffee.

Our Centre offers a range of activities that are crucial for good physical and mental health. Here are just a few of the activities we offer:

  • Art classes are free flowing creative group for new and experienced artists. Supported by New Farm Rotary Club.
  • Tennis in New Farm Park is a free activity that caters to all experience. Equipment provided or bring your own.
  • Touch football friendly games are held in New Farm Park and are followed by something to eat at our centre.
  • Yoga classes affordable yoga classes are held on most days of the week.
  • Politics in the Pub is a quarterly event held at Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • Playgroup an inclusive group for kids to play and carers to make new friends. Talk to us about getting in touch with our playgroup leader.
  • BBQs, lunches and other events. Stay in touch with what’s on at the centre by picking up our latest What’s On program or by following us on social media.
  • Peaceful Communications workshops
  • Cooking
  • English conversation practise
  • Financial literacy and budgeting
  • Healthy Living
  • Philosophy and culture discussions
  • Auslan courses
  • Self Help groups
    • Narcotics Anonymous
    • Gamblers Anonymous
    • Sexaholics Anonymous
    • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group

We are committed to sustainable practice through our involvement in the:

  • Kitchen garden – an edible garden is being established at the Centre, growing food for use in our kitchens and supporting local people with fresh produce.
  • Composting hub – in collaboration with the Brisbane City Council, the Centre hosts a composting hub in New Farm Park. Register at brisbane.qld.gov.au Composting caddies may be collected from the Centre or from Brisbane City Council.

The Centre is supported by a number of visiting health practitioners who offer free or low cost including:

  • Visiting GP and other medical services
  • Homeopath
  • Dietician
  • Kombi Clinic – free Hepatitis C screening and treatment
  • Hearing checks
  • Quit smoking program

Communify has a broad range of services and programs that offer support and assistance to our community. New Farm Neighbourhood Centre provides a gateway to this suite of services.

 These services include:

  • Volunteers make a huge contribution to the Centre. We welcome volunteers and have a range of opportunities available. Talk to us about how you can get involved.
  • The Patrons of New Farm is a local group of people and businesses who are committed to financially supporting our local community.
  • Donations can be made in person or through our website. We also welcome donations of good quality books for our library. While we’re grateful for the offer, please understand that we can’t accept donations of clothing, furniture or household goods.
Get Involved

We are always looking for more people, businesses and organisations to get involved in the community in whatever capacity they can.

Various options to be a part of the Centre are listed on this page, though we welcome all enquiries, please contact us to learn more.

Current volunteering opportunities at both the Neighbourhood Centre and within the larger area serviced by Communify are listed here.

Volunteer

Our volunteers perform a variety of jobs and are a big part of what makes the centre tick; we cannot survive without them. The Centre holds insurance covering people signed on as volunteers.

Volunteers assist with: Reception, gardening, computer support, event planning, marketing and promotions, shopping and more.

To find out more please ring the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre on 3358 5600.

What’s On

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‘Digging In’ Workshops
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Chair Yogis
Chair Yogis

Improve your balance, strength and flexibility plus reduce stress with Chair Yogis

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It’s Your Life
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The Patrons of New Farm are a group of socially conscious individuals and businesses who are committed to lending a hand to the vulnerable people within our diverse community.

Use of Patrons’ funds

Patrons’ funds are used on a case-by-case basis to pay for individuals’ specific and immediate needs through the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre (located opposite New Farm Park).  This is done in a  variety of ways such as:

  • Assisting with one-off low cost rent shortfalls to prevent people losing their home and entering the cycle of homelessness
  • Buying an essential item such as a fridge for homeless people moving into accommodation
  • Funding emergency accommodation

The Cart, the socially inclusive coffee hub at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre is an initiative of The Patrons and New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.  The Cart provides a place for people from different walks of life in our community to mingle amidst fabulous Merlo coffee. Visitors to The Cart are invited to ‘pay it forward’ by shouting a coffee for someone in the community.

Patrons of New Farm Steering Committee
 
Ken PattemorePatrons Convenor
Dr Jennifer EganPatrons committee member
Kris WebbDirector spenditwell.com
Debra FallonWorkplace 365 Brisbane
Michael HawkeEditor, My Village News
Patrons of New Farm
Dean & Kath MerloMerlo Coffee
Hon. Grace Grace MPMinister for Education
Minister for Industrial Relations
Member for McConnel
Alison MenziesNursing professional
Erica WilliamsSpecialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Stephen WebbPartner, DLA Piper
Councillor Vicki HowardCouncillor for Central Ward, Brisbane
Marina McMinnMcMinn Lawyers
Brett GreensillMcGrath Real Estate, New Farm
Dr. Clare NoursePaediatric Infection Specialist, Lady Cilento Children's Hospital
Dr. Brendan MooreAnaesthetist and Pain Specialist
Lili DyerDiabetes Queensland
Tony & Jenny O'ReillyQuest Breakfast Creek
Rachel Heysen & Paul MaloneyJOF Holdings Pty Ltd
Andrew MarjasonMarjason Consulting
Margaret O'Donnell AOChair Breast Cancer Network Australia/ Chair Visiting Committee, Griffith University Law School
Dr Brad JonesDermatologist
Dr. Azlina DinMedical Doctor
Dr Jo MarjasonMedical Practitioner
Susie Scoles & Michael Sly Two Tenneriffians
John O'ByrnePrincipal Solicitor, Hodgson lawyers
Claire MooreCommunity member
Alan MarthickCommunity Member
Hon. Trevor Evans MPFederal Member for Brisbane
Dr Carol McPhail Medical Practitioner
Sarah HancockLocal resident
Rob HugallCommunity Member
Meg HinchliffeCommunity Member
Val & Errol FerdinandsErrol’s Plumbing Service
Fiona CanigliaCommunity Member
David & Beth LeachOwner - New Farm Chiropractic; Principal - Beth Leach New Farm
Christine RoneyMagistrate
Jacky MarrNew Farm resident
Mike EmersonAdvice Only Family Law
Denise BrittonPsychologist, Brisbane Mediations
Dr Debra
Carroll
Visiting General Practitioner –
New Farm Neighbourhood Centre
Eric and Susan ChangDirectors (Humbro Investments) and part time NF residents
Mark & MartinNewfarm Locals
Neil StebbingNGS Structural Engineers
Ridout familyCommunity Member
Margaret and Michael WilliamsNew Farm Residents
Col LoiseLong term New Farm resident
Tara LancashireTML Advisory
Marian HegartyCommunity member
Carmel and Stuart WallaceNew Farm residents
Robi ScottA New Farmer
Pras PuriProject Management, Engineering
Organisations
St. Michaels and All Angels
New Farm Bowls Club
Ray White New Farm
Balfour Spicers Hotel, New Farm

Your fully tax deductible donation of $1000 will directly support vulnerable people in your community.

  • Meet and network with interesting and like minded individuals and business people from your community at relaxed functions twice a year
  • Your contribution will be acknowledged on our website and through our networks.

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Patron of New Farm please contact Ken Pattemore for a chat on 0414 971 396

Patrons of New Farm thank Communify for its support and partnership with the Cart and other programs within the community.

Become a Patron Now or Renew your Membership

Select your desired Payment Option below and then click “Become a Patron” to proceed to Paypal to make your payment. Please note payment amounts are recurring, but you can cancel any time by cancelling the recurring payment via your Paypal account. We also accept payment via Direct Deposit (details below).

Paypal Payment: Monthly/Yearly Ongoing Membership

Payment Options



Paypal Payment: Yearly One-off Membership – $1,000.00



Direct Deposit

We only accept annual Patron fees ($1,000.00) via direct deposit. Please use the following details to make a direct deposit payment:

  • Account name: Communify Qld Gift Fund
  • Account details: BSB 064-123 / Account number 1012 3138
  • Reference: NFP – your surname

For New Patrons only – at the time of payment, please send an email to with details of your deposit along with your postal address, contact phone number and how you would like your name and professional details to appear on the website.

Funding Bodies

New Farm Neighbourhood Centre also acknowledges the various funding bodies who support us:

Corporate Partners and Supporters
Life Members
  • Maida Lilley
  • Colin Collins
Community Partners

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges the tireless effort of all our supporters and volunteers.

Thanks also to the local residents who go out of their way to do something special for the centre.

Please note, during centre open hours the space for hire is connected to the main activities of the neighbourhood centre, and some foot traffic may pass through. Centre hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 1pm. All other times this space offers complete privacy.

Please email to discuss whether your activity would suit this unique space.

Key features:

  • Close to public transport
  • Central location
  • Coffee cart onsite

Currently used for:

  • Self-help programs
  • Workshops

Check availability and book this venue here

A socially inclusive coffee hub, at which people from within the wonderfully diverse community that is the New Farm peninsula can come together over an excellent cup of coffee.

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre has always provided a welcoming and relaxing place for people to meet and tap into local support services. The Cart Community Coffee extends that welcome by providing somewhere where people can pass time with friends in a safe and relaxing environment. It also creates employment opportunities for those without work by training them to work as baristas.

Neighbours, commuters, passers-by and other members of the community are invited to stop and share a coffee in the gardens or to pick up a take-away on their way past.

When you buy a cup of coffee you have the choice of spending a little extra to pay a coffee forward for someone who is unable to buy one.

Opening hours

The Cart is open every day 7am-1pm, New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, 967 Brunswick St New Farm.

View the menu and price list here.

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