HISTORY OF THE COTTAGE

1980


July 1980       

                           Known as Swansea Family Support Service

Used different buildings including the Swansea Baby Health Centre, Marks Point School, Presbyterian Hall, Combined Pensioners Hall, Caves Beach Uniting Church

Coordinator Gail Schultz - Funded by East Lake Macquarie Uniting Church Parish and Department of Youth and Community Services

 

1982


15 Mar 1982       

Approved access to use the cottage at 2 Josephson Street

April 1982           

Renamed to the Swansea Community Cottage

18 Aug 1982       

Formed a management committee and signed up volunteers

 

1983


5 Sept 1983        

Moved permanently to “The Cottage” premises at 2 Josephson Street Swansea

 

1984


May 1984            

Call for interest to start After School Child Care Services

June 1984           

After school Service running with volunteers from 3.30-5pm

Aug/Sept 1984 

Vacation Care started

1984                      

Changed name and became incorporated

 

1985


Jan 1985              

Vacation Care Program with a limit of 20 kids per day. $3 plus excursion costs and themes including Pirate, Nature and Space Weeks

May 1985            

30 Children attending vacation care and funding received for 2 staff

 

1986


Jan 1986              

CEP Grants received to employ 2 people (gardener and office administrator) for 6 months

Julie Palmer worked July to December 1986

Andrea Osmond December to mid 1987

Rhonda working with the Cottage as a volunteer

 

Aug-Sept 1986  

Vacation Care is $2/day and $4/family

 

16 Sept 1986

Changed named to Swansea Community Cottage Management Committee Inc

 

1987


Carers Group formed by Rhonda (which became Swansea Carers, Eastlakes Neighbour Aid and eventually Lake Macquarie Support Services)

 

1988


May 1988            

Hunter Area Assistance Scheme (2 years funding received) and Rhonda officially employed

 

1990


25 May 1990      

Changed name to Swansea Community Cottage Inc

DOCS took over funding of Cottage