Connie Benn Centre Hub

The Connie Benn Centre is an early learning centre and family and children’s hub located in the heart of Fitzroy, catering for children aged 0-12.

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.

Services available

Connie Benn 

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.

Parent Activity Groups

Cooking Group

Learn how to cook foods from different cultures. Fortnightly on a Thursday 1.00pm to 2.30pm.

Craft Circle

Learn how to sew, make jewellery and other crafts. Tuesdays 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing and fitness sessions. Suitable for all fitness levels. Fortnightly on a Monday 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

Call us for more information 9426 1500 or email [email protected].

What other programs and activities happen at the Connie Benn Centre?

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

Make appointments by phoning the Centre and select 3 from the options, or through email.

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 our Venues and bookings page.

How do I book a meeting room?

Contact us

  • Email us at [email protected].
  • Call us on 03 9426 1500.
  • Visit us at 160 Brunswick Street Fitzroy, 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.