Connie Benn Centre

The Connie Benn Centre is a family and children’s hub located in the heart of Fitzroy.

About Connie Benn Centre

Connie Benn Centre was originally established through a partnership between Yarra City Council, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Lentara Uniting Care. The City of Yarra has assumed management and operational control of the Connie Benn Centre since July 2013.

The Connie Benn Centre aims to build an integrated and inclusive Centre for children 0-12 and their families living in Fitzroy. It has a strong focus on children’s rights, education, health and wellbeing.

The hub is named in honour of Connie (Concetta) Benn, (1926-2011) a social worker whose innovative work with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and government helped families who experienced poverty and disadvantage. Her work in Fitzroy changed the community development and welfare models of social work across the country.

In 1995, she was awarded the Order of Australia, followed by the Centenary Medal in 2003. Connie is also a life member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

What services can you access at the Connie Benn Centre?

The centre offers a range of services for young children and their families.

Services include:

Parent Activity Groups

Cooking Group

Learn how to cook foods from different cultures. Fortnightly on a Thursday 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Craft Circle

Learn how to sew, make jewellery and other crafts. Tuesday's 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing and fitness sessions. Suitable for all fitness levels. Fortnightly on a Monday 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Call us for more information 9426 1500 or email

What other activities happen at the Connie Benn Centre?

The Connie Benn Centre also partners with other organisations to deliver family and health services.

  • The Brotherhood of St Laurence provides various programs for children and their parents. To find out more contact The Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Save the Children Toy Library and Family Learning Club

Connie Benn Centre meeting rooms

There are meeting spaces available for hire on a regular or casual basis. Access to meeting spaces is prioritised for programs, services and events for children aged 0-12 and their families. A number of affordable, accessible and modern spaces are available for hire.

For all information on our rooms and spaces please visit: CBC rooms and spaces

How do I book a meeting room? 

Find out more

If you wish to find out more about the services and programs at the Connie Benn Centre, you can:

  • Email us at
  • Call us on 9426 1500
  • Drop in at 160 Brunswick Street Fitzroy, 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday