South Sydney Community Aid Co-operative Limited was established by the Good Neighbour Council of Redfern in 1968.
In 1967 the Good Neighbour Council identified a desperate need to provide services for the local community to meet the needs of multicultural people migrating to the area who had no service provision. Funding for the service was provided by the Department of Immigration.
The South Sydney Community Aid Cooperative Ltd currently has more than 130 members. We welcome individuals and organisations to join our cooperative.
South Sydney Community Aid Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre (SSCA-MNC) is auspiced by South Sydney Community Aid Co-operative Limited and funded by the Department of Family and Community Services.
The organisation proudly celebrated its 40th birthday in 2008.
Our Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre services the communities of Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington, Alexandria and the broader City of Sydney Local Government Areas.
1999 - We moved from Regent St to the back of Redfern Public Primary School.
WARTS had a story in the Sydney Morning Herald and a section on Channel 9’s Today Tonight programme. We facilitated the Anxiety Support Group, Yoga classes, forums and seminars, a Citizenship and public life study circle. We provided an information package for police training on community agencies and domestic violence response, plus the provision of information stalls and dissemination of information through The Bulletin Newspaper and via the Internet.
2003 - A year reminiscent of 1993 as SSCA struggles to survive due to changes of staff a damaging report forwarded to our funding body and the Department of community Services and three changes of Board of Directors during the year. The Department of Fair Trading are called in to audit and review the service. Through the commitment of Charlie Richardson CEO of the Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development, who is elected the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and the other Directors who hail primarily from the Waterloo Housing Estate South Sydney Community Aid keeps breathing and an overhaul of service provision is undertaken.
2004 - Jhan Leach was appointed as our new coordinator. The Department of Fair Trading supports our survival and we start rebuilding the organisation from its old and strong community bones focusing on the undisputed needs of local people in our community, we rise back up to meet yet more disturbing challenges.
A strong and determined Board of Directors is appointed at the Annual General Meeting with Charlie Richardson placed firmly as Chairperson by the overwhelming strength of support within the cooperatives members base.
Again the fight to save SSCA from the bureaucrats scalpel was on! We’re approached by representatives of the Redfern Waterloo Partnership project who threaten the Board of Directors with the possibility of the organisation being defunded if we don’t collocate with another community based organisation. A damaging Morgan Disney report ‘writes off’ small non government local community organisations in their research report written for the Redfern Waterloo Partnership Project. The Redfern Waterloo Authority is born and local agencies and the community stand together and fight to be heard through non government agency representation and decide to form a Consortium.
2005 – We face the threat of becoming homeless as the Department of Education and Training with the support of the Redfern Waterloo Authority sell the Redfern Public School site to the Indigenous Land Corporation. The South Sydney consortium is formed. Services provided to the community through the Neighbourhood Centre are well supported by our community.
2006 - SSCA becomes homeless and at the last moment we get the support of the City of Sydney Council led by our ‘Knight in Shinning Armour’ the Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the City of Sydney Counsellors provides us with accommodation for a year at the Alexandria Town Hall.
We establish the Alexandria Computer Centre at the Alexandria Town Hall with a donation of computers from Sydney Community College and a donation from Microsoft. Computer courses begin in collaboration with Sydney Community College for our local community.
2007 - The Board of Staff and the Cooperative offer their great thanks to the Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the Councillors at the City of Sydney Council for their support of our service when SSCA is granted a further 3 years accommodation at the Alexandria Town. We celebrate with our community in this great win and look forward to having a very auspicious 2008 celebrating cultural diversity in our 40th birthday year.
2008 – Happy 40th Birthday to SSCA. Our ‘Birthday Bash’ was attended well in excess of 200 people including dignitary’s guests and original member from the Good Neighbourhood Council who were instrumental in setting the organisation up back in 1968.
We also had ‘Welcome African Refugee’s’ morning tea supported by Redfern Legal Centre on International Human Rights Days.
2009 – This year we have had great success establishing new programs for public housing residents at Redfern.