The Waterhole is a restful community place where you may share a range of great facilities and enjoy the company of others from the wider community.
Artists come from both town and out bush and painting styles tend to be traditional, with mainly traditional themes, like gathering bushfood, dreamings, etc. This is a wonderful opportunity to find a satisfying occupation.
Since opening in late 2012, The Salvation Army’s The Waterhole community centre in Alice Springs has been working hard to ensure the centre lives up to its name: that it is a place of tranquillity, a place of meeting and a place of possibility.
The centre has around 120 members, ranging from 18 years to 71. Members come from all the main language groups of Central Australia. On any one day between 50 and 80 people come into the centre to use the facilities, to get out of the heat (in summer) or the cold (in winter), to have a shower or wash clothes, to meet family members and friends, to have a cup of tea and something to eat, to paint, relax, watch a movie, play the guitar or catch up on sleep on the couch. At The Waterhole all are valued and contributing members.
Three regular volunteers and three part-time employees keep The Waterhole running.
Painting at The Waterhole
Painting is an important part of the Waterhole. We endeavour to support our local indigenous Artists by purchasing many of the paintings. We also support artists who prefer to paint from home. Monday to Friday 9am-2pm
Drop in centre
A comfortable and safe place to come for a rest, watch DVD's or use computers, make yourself a cuppa and sandwich (available for 50cents)
Monday to Friday 9am-2pm
Shower and Washing machine facilities
Facilities are available each morning free of charge
Monday to Friday 9am - 12noon