- Significant Milestones in the development of Victory Community centre
Victory Primary School (VPS) and Victory Community Health (VCH).
We have recently just signed a Memorandum of Understanding to clarify the ways we work together. You can see a copy of this under "Resources" tab.
The school hosted the Victory Urban Village community development project (2005-07).
During this time we (I had a worker alongside me) developed many relationships and connections into the wide variety of resources, talents, skills of Victory people. The school at the time was thinking of building a new school hall to hold all their students. The current one was too small, as the school roll had expanded over the previous few years.
As part of the new hall plans, the school Board included a community meeting space and a couple of offices for agencies with whom they already had good relationships - Plunket and Parents as First Teachers programme. During the VUV project we became aware of an organisation called Victory Community Health (VCH) that had gone into abeyance, as the mission of the organisation had been unachievable due to a number of barriers. However the vision of what this organisation might achieve was still being held. Briar Maaroufi-Campbell, a Victory resident and the initiator, had sadly died in 2003. The group had raised $70,000 toward the beginning of a health centre, and it was discovered during VUV that the funds were still in the bank. Long story short - during VUV project we managed to revive VCH by finding a number of the earlier Board members and some eager new ones.
The Principal of VPS and the Board agreed that building a bigger meeting room, and adding 2 more offices, and a "health wing", were easy and cost effective additions as they finalised their plans. VCH Board had not quite committed to setting their vision into motion, but VPS proceeded to undertake that risk.
During the building process VCH Board agreed that this was a huge opportunity not to be missed and proceeded to sign an agreement with the school to set up and manage the centre complex. I finished the VUV project, became the Development Manager on a two year contract. And the rest they say is history.
Please see our website - www.victorycommunitycentre.co.nz and see the wide range of activities, services, events and FUN we are having there.