Tom Quinn Community Centre, Bundaberg
The Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre is a place of support and friendship, a haven in today’s busy world. Its purpose of “Transforming lives” in the Bundaberg region is underpinned by the Salvation Army’s mission to "Save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity."
The Centre came about as a direct response to a shortfall in local services for the disadvantaged and marginalized of our community, and started as a vision.
Salvationist and Centre founder Tom Quinn, worked with a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. They took derelict buildings and empty land and turned the dream into a reality.
Today the Tom Quinn Community Centre welcomes well over 100 people a day and provides a wide range of community and individual services through five sites across the city. These services include free legal and financial advice, welfare, counselling, chaplaincy and suicide support services and the Bundaberg Youth Refuge for young people aged 18-24.
A Social Inclusion Program offers people with disabilities the chance to gain living, literacy and numeracy and job preparation skills – and most importantly to mix with their peers in a safe, friendly, learning environment.
People of all ages and from all walks of life benefit from interview, resume-writing, computer and selection criteria assessment training, delivered through the Young MATES and Mature MATES programs funded by the State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.
The Salvation Army Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Booth College (Code 0328) also delivers accredited training in a range of practical subjects including:
- Furniture Making and
- Training and Assessment
AQTF Audit Information is available HERE
The Get Set For Work and Participate in Prosperity provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people aged between 15 and 17 and long-term unemployed adults respectively. Both programs are funded by the State Government.
The Centre interacts with local schools, with its School Support program helping young people at risk of falling out of the mainstream education sectors and also young people with disabilities.
Everything is delivered in a positive, friendly, proactive environment that is filled with laughter and chat. It is a safe environment free of alcohol and drugs – a place people can meet with others and learn new skills, enjoy recreational activities and get support.
The Centre has a range of facilities to support its services and deliver training. These include TQ’s Café set among award-winning Community Centre gardens, wood and metal workshops, an onsite Retail Store that sells gifts, produce and handmade items from the workshops and a number of nurseries.
The Tom Quinn Community Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, at 8 Killer Street, Bundaberg, Queensland 4670. So come on down!
8 Killer Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670
PO Box 155
Bundaberg QLD 4670
Phone: (07) 4153 3557
Fax: (07) 4151 1746