The Grace Centre was launched in early 2016 after our local church Grace, purchased the old Rokeby Tavern in late 2015 with the aim of blessing our community. It wasn’t much to look at in the beginning but we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. Since then we’ve been busy with the ongoing renovation of our run down old pub, transforming it into a beautiful meeting hub that serves our local community and the wonderful initiatives that so many of our locals are engaged in.
We are slowly seeing our dream come to pass. It’s amazing what a group of ordinary people can accomplish when they have a go. Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can, has been our mantra right from the beginning and serving others has been our motivation in everything we’ve done.
In 2019 One Community Together moved into one of our brand new offices and now has a permanent physical presence in our community. There is so much happening in Clarence Plains that we can all be proud of and our future is looking brighter all the time.
We’re super excited about our partnership with Loaves and Fishes and in 2022 we will be partnering with them in our refurbished kitchen at the Grace Centre to greatly enhance their ability to provide food to needy Tasmanians along with providing traineeships for local young people who are keen to get involved in the hospitality industry.
Taken from the Loaves and Fishes website . . .
Emergency Food Relief
We provide free emergency food relief to all Tasmanians needing help.
We rescue and redistribute surplus and donated food, much of which would otherwise go to waste. Food is supplied to more than 220 community partners as ready-to-eat meals, school breakfast supplies, made-to-order food hampers and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Providing training, work experience and opportunities to volunteer are integral to our mission to deliver food and hope. Our Devonport kitchen and Hobart and Devonport warehouses offer school-based and adult traineeships, including for those with disabilities, in areas such as warehousing, cooking, hospitality and administration.