Quercus Beechworth, previously known as the Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre, has a long and proud history in the Beechworth community since 1985. Over that time it has grown and developed, connecting those who have participated in classes, generously volunteered their time or attended events. Quercus Beechworth has always been a place where people come together to share, learn, connect, support and offer assistance.
Being responsive to Beechworth community interests has led to our focus on Community Food, Community Learning, Community Enterprise, Community Events and Community Support.
Our activities reflect the ever evolving community interests as shown through:
- Our community food garden with a wood fired oven and a commercial community kitchen space where people can come together to share food and conversation or to work together on a common project.
- Supporting and connecting communities through food with the innovative Community Food program and our regular Community Sharing Feasts
- Our broad range of interesting, educational and fun activities with something for everyone and the fantastic spaces we hire for community activities and events.
- Our successful community enterprise, Quercus Community Bookshop, is an inviting and friendly place with a great range of second hand books. Open seven days a week, thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers, all books are donated by the community with proceeds supporting the activities of Quercus Beechworth.
Located on the corner of Church and Ford Streets in two historic churches, Quercus Beechworth is perfectly placed and easily accessible for residents and visitors.
Quercus Beechworth is operated by friendly and experienced staff and volunteers guided by the Quercus Beechworth Board.
We continue to support and build strong partnerships with local organisations and community groups.
Quercus Beechworth is passionately committed to providing opportunities for all those in Beechworth to come together to share, learn, connect & support.
Working in partnership with our local community and organisations is at the core of what we value at Quercus Beechworth. Over the years Quercus Beechworth has developed strong partnerships with Indigo Shire, Beechworth Correctional Centre, Beechworth Health and many other community organisations. We have auspiced and supported community organisations and projects such as the Kerferd Oration, Beechworth Men’s Shed and the new Changing Minds Project.
At the Beechworth Correctional Centre the majority of offenders are required to undertake unpaid community work as a condition of their order.
Community work provides offenders with the opportunity to pay back to the community, assists in their rehabilitation by developing and improving work-related skills and increase offenders’ self-esteem and well-being and give their lives new purpose and direction.
The Community Work team are active around Quercus Beechworth and within the Beechworth community. They are involved in Quercus Beechworth projects such as:
- Preparing, cooking and packaging meals for the Community Food Program.
- Tutoring in Quercus Beechworth workshops such as the recycled timber garden planter box workshop
- Raising seedlings for the Community garden
- Refitting and refurbishing Quercus Community Bookshop
- Building the Kitchen Garden and wood fired oven.