The Riverwood Community Centre was conceived in 1974 when a public meeting was held, where a committee was formes and named the ‘Voices of Riverwood’. This committee’s brief was to establish a building in Riverwood where activities could take place. A grant was received from the Federal Government under the Australian Assistance Plan, whereby allowing the ‘Voices of Riverwood’ to purchase a building and start providing activities for the community. the building was staffed by volunteers and when funding was receives, two staff were employed. They provided information, advocacy and a weekly drop-in youth service. occasional care was set up by some local residents and the centre has not stopped growing, continually striving to meet the needs of its local community and that of wider areas where funding allows.
Today it resides in a specially built multi-purpose building leased from the Canterbury City Council and is the auspicing body of 14 services and programs. These include: The Neighbourhood Centre, Riverwood Family Support, Riverwood Youth Service, Riverwood Child Sexual Assault Service funded by the Department of Community Serviced Services Grant’s Program (CSPG), The Riverwood Neighbour Aid Program and Canterbury Shopping Service funded by Department of Ageing and Disability’s Home and Community Care Program (HACC), The Riverwood Out of School Care Programs of Before and After School Care and Vacation Care Program funded by Department of Community Services, parents fees and subsidies from CentreLink, The Links to Learning Programs of Time-Out, Future Focus funded by Department of Education and Training, the Housing and Communities Assistance Program and the Central Sydney South Regional Tenants Resource Service funded by the NSW Department of Housing, and the Leisure Learning Program funded by participants fees.
It holds 2 Department of Housing Community Lawn and Cleaning community contracts, 2 casual Lawn and cleaning contracts and the lawn and cleaning contracts for 2 St George Community Housing Properties.
It manages the use of the building between 7am and 9:30pm Monday to Friday facilitating the use of the building by the community. Twenty four outside groups use the building on a weekly basis. It also Manages two other services, Punchbowl Community Centre and the Tenancy Resource Service.
It sponsors community events in particularly the Riverwood Community Festival on an annual basis, Movies in the Park, Information Carnivals and Christmas Carols.
It provides opportunities for community participation through its volunteer program. This year over hundred volunteers have supported the Centre’s work.
It owns and manages commuter buses, which provide community transport.
It supports local community structure including the Riverwood Children’ Centre, Riverwood Estate Advisory Board and the Riverwood Australian Arabic Association. It takes student placements, work experience students and people on Community Service Orders.