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 supporting our community through the creation of a central meeting hub for the Clarence Plains area. 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 space 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. In 2023 Loaves and Fishes Tasmania began operating out of our brand new rebuilt production kitchen producing 1000’s of meals a week for Tasmanians doing it tough and providing place-based traineeships for young people looking to get a start in the food production and hospitality industries.
There is so much happening in Clarence Plains that we can all be proud of and our future is looking brighter all the time.
Some of these events take place in other places in our community and not at the Grace Centre, so make sure you check the location before rocking up.
Partnership with Loaves and Fishes 2023
We’re super excited about our partnership with Loaves and Fishes and in 2023 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.
Loaves and Fishes Tasmania CEO Andrew Hillier said the new southern kitchen meant the organisation could double its capacity to provide fresh, tasty, and nutritious meals to those doing it tough.
“At present, we are making meals in Devonport and transporting them to Hobart,” he said.
“We are incredibly thankful to the Grace Centre for wanting to serve their community and the many generous partners who invested in the development: Healthy Tasmania Fund, Rotary, Grace Church, and Presbyterian Care.
“It has taken a long time and much patience to get from concept to completion due to COVID and a significant cost increase due to the building boom and the resulting increase in materials.”
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.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which the Grace Centre is located, the muwinina (mou wee nee nar) people. We pay our respects to Elders, past and present. The Grace Centre is committed to honouring the Tasmanian Aboriginal communities’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to our shared home.