Kingswood Park Pop Up: Strengthening community

Over the last 12 months, NCNS have been holding pop-up events each term in Kingswood Park as a result of acquiring a Penrith City Council, Community Assistance Program (CAP) grant.

CAP Grants are for local non-profit community groups to use towards projects that work with residents and other community groups in order to strengthen the community, address community needs and improve opportunities for participation in Penrith City.

On Monday 3rd June, NCNS Community Development Worker, Justine Reynolds, held a pop-up event at Illawong Reserve in Kingswood Park.  On the day we had the opportunity to engage with residents, find out their current needs or the services required and offer support. We used the community space so residents can feel comfortable having these conversations, sharing their hopes and thoughts with us.

Justine (NCNS) worked alongside NCNS Early Childhood worker, Zoe Harris, who had created a fantastic messy play space for children to come and explore.

Julia from Penrith City Council’s Werrianda Children’s Centre created a musical space, as she played the ukulele while the children had a ball playing with percussion instruments.

Justine (NCNS) and Lila (Penrith City Council) enjoyed coffee and morning tea with the residents, while talking with them about the various spaces in the Kingswood Park and what they would like to see happen in this area.

Staff from Uniting and Australian Unity also attended, providing residents with information and answering any questions they may have had.

With over 40 people attending on the day, we would love to continue holding these intimate pop-up events, as they provide social connection, support and help to identify the needs of those living there and what they would like to see happen in Kingswood Park.

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