How it all began...
The Victory Community Centre history can be traced back to the early 1990s when there were several local efforts to enhance community access to services and build a stronger, safer and more vibrant community.
In the 1990s, the Victory Primary School (VPS) Board of Trustees identified issues with transience and poverty that were creating challenges for school families. The school looked for ways of better connecting families with community services. In the mid 1990s, the Toi Toi Trust was established to develop services including a school holiday programme and better ways of accessing GP services.
In 1991 Rev Wallace Chapman (Methodist Church) surveyed local Victory residents to see how the benefit cuts affected them. The majority stated that they could not afford to go to the doctor, So a weekly health clinic began. This gave Victory residents the idea of having their own Community health clinic.
In 1999 Briar Maaroufi-Campbell surveyed locals about the bypass road being build along the railway reserve. Again, people asked for a Community health clinic. In 2000s Briar began holding community meetings to gauge peoples interest in forming a committee - one was set up and Victory Health Incorporation was established.
In 2005, Kindra Douglas picked up the threads of this earlier work and, through a Ministry of Social Development Community Initiatives Fund grant, embarked on a community consultation to develop a more effective system of services for residents, and build community social capital.
The project needed to find a physical base and the school offered this. At this point, there was no master plan to build a hub at the school. However, the physical togetherness of the school and the community development efforts were pivotal because they brought the right people together in the right place at the right time.
A more permanent partnership evolved and resulted in a joint plan to combine the development of a new school hall and integrated community centre. In 2007 the building was completed and Victory Community Health Centre became a permanent tenant of Victory Primary School. The VCHC became a physical ‘community hub’ based around a multipurpose community, health and recreation centre and school hall.
In 2010 the VCHC / VPS partnership was awarded the inaugural Kiwibank NZ Community of the Year award. In 2012 VCHC was awarded the Human Rights Commission Annual Diversity Award.
In 2014 VCHC was renamed Victory Community Centre (VCC).
Today the centre provides a range of in-house and hosted health and wellbeing services for all residents, as well as a large number of recreational and social programmes and community events.