The Waterhole community centre has become a haven for many people. Anyone is welcome — it doesn’t matter whether you have a drinking problem, are sleeping rough or unemployed. It’s somewhere to meet people, have a cup of tea, cook food, paint, sleep in safety, watch movies, shower and wash clothes.
The Waterhole has 200 members, the majority of whom are Aboriginal. Members are also encouraged to become volunteers. Responsibility for the day-to-day running of the centre is shared by members, volunteers and staff.
Graham has been a valued member since February 2014 and now volunteers. “It gets me out of the caravan park I’m living in. I can meet new people and feel really good about helping others.” For Terry, a member for the past three years, being at The Waterhole means he’s not roaming the streets aimlessly. “I come in early and hang out towels. I put videos on for people and I fill containers with Milo and coffee. It’s more exciting to help people than just being lazy.”