This month’s Canberra Community Champion is the Scullin Community Group. They’re a group of passionate locals who build community and have transformed the local shops into a community hub.
Before the pandemic hit, the Scullin Community Group had established fortnightly games nights, coffee chats every Friday morning and twice weekly social soccer games. These events are opening up again as COVID permits, including a local take on Floriade NightFeast in a number of Scullin’s parks this Friday night. Over the past two years the group has also transformed the shops into a meeting place for residents, with a community noticeboard, art murals, garden beds – until COVID they even ran their own shop!
Chatting with Scullin residents at the local shops last year, in front of the beautiful mural organised by the Scullin Community Group.
Over recent months, the Scullin Community Group have been running socially distanced coffee chats, COVID-safe working bees on Scullin’s parks and online trivia sessions while Canberra was in lockdown. Their street libraries are still going strong – there are now six across the suburbs and a ‘street library’ trail map is in the pipeline.
The group’s most recent project is the ‘Community Rentals Project’, where they rent out equipment for an outdoor community event or movie night. It’s a way to bring people together safely.
Equipment for the Community Rentals Project.