​Support Services & Adult Education on the Surf Coast

Torquay Community House



Torquay Community House is a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Department of Health and Human Services for 20 hours per week delivering more than double the amount of activity hours that we are funded for. This shortfall is made up in through grants and generous donations from individuals, local businesses, and community groups. 

Torquay Community House has contributed greatly to the Torquay community by initiating many vital community groups. These include the Living Green Expo and Tours, Torquay Men’s Shed Inc, Danawa Community Garden, Life Activities Club and University of the third Age, all now organisations in their own right.

​Over 1,000 people come through the house every week with many returning regularly for support and or referral services, attend courses, programs, events and self-help groups.

The house has an active volunteer program with approximately 40 volunteers including Board of management and facilitates the following community programs to the broader community.

Young Wolves – A free tutoring program aimed at grade 5/6 students to help those struggling with maths and literacy. 

Morning Activity Program – A low cost, interactive art and music program for pre-schoolers and parents/carers delivered five times per week.

Painting with Parkinson’s – A weekly art group for people living with Parkinson’s and other conditions. These creative sessions are led by qualified Art Therapists

Tech Help – A low cost weekly service, helping people who are struggling with technical or ‘how to?’ issues with their phone, laptop or tablet

Studio 14 – A low cost tutor lead, art program offering watercolours, acrylics and life drawing

Community Kitchen – Each week a group of community members make four meals, one to share on the day and three to take home. This is excellent for widowers, who perhaps have never learnt to cook, people living on their own, low income earners or people who simply love to cook.

Accredited Training – From Diploma level courses to vocational training such as Responsible Service of Alcohol. We have a steady stream of students who are returning to work or retraining and greatly appreciate the opportunity to study locally in a friendly environment. 'Living and learning locally'.

Torquay Community House is also home to several Community Groups, Self Help, Support and services including;

Surf Coast Legal Aid

  • Counselling

  • Drug and alcohol Clinician

  • Justice of the peace

  • Surf Coast Rural Australian’s for Refugees

  • Peer support for parents of young people with mental health problems

  • Food Aid Drop off point

  • Tax Help

All of these programs are kept running through the generous donations of people like you.

Torquay Community House Inc is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. There is a great diversity of programs and people here each week and our reception area is staffed by a large number of volunteers.

General support for Torquay Community House is the best way of helping us to continue our important work. Our peak body, the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) is registered to accept tax deductible of $20 or higher on our behalf and a receipt will be forwarded to you from ANHCA.

How to Make a Tax Deductible Donation

Make a Tax Deductible Donation