Cumberland Multicultural Community Service was first established in 1977 as the ‘The Holy Family East Granville Multicultural Centre’. The initial aim of the centre was to bridge the gap between the migrant school community and the school itself. The centre was based in Clyde Street, Granville.
In the early days, services included English classes, counselling, information, interpreting, preschool activities, Arabic and Italian classes and a Lebanese liaison officer. It was clear from the start that there was a need for a community centre to offer a larger range of services and activities to the community.
To meet the growing needs of the general community and to be eligible for government funding, the centre became independent from the church and became an incorporated association. In 1981 the centre changed its name to Granville Multicultural Centre Inc., continuing to operate out of Clyde St.
The first Annual General Meeting was held in 1982. Services expanded to include sewing and driving classes, car maintenance and resuscitation courses, vacation care, craft and self-defense for children.
In 1993, the Centre moved from Clyde St to 8 Factory St, Granville - a heritage listed building with its own long history. In 1996, the name was changed to Granville Multicultural Community Centre Inc. and services spread to include surrounding areas, including Parramatta, Holroyd and Auburn.
In September of 2016, we moved from Factory Street, to Block C of the Granville TAFE, located at 136 William Street. In November of 2017, we changed our trading name to Cumberland Multicultural Community Service, although we retained the legal name of Granville Multicultural Community Centre. This was done in recognition of the broader geographical area in which we work.
Over time we have developed new programs, our name has changed, and we have become an independently incorporated organisation. Our history demonstrates the long commitment that the organisation has had to working with a wide range of communities, and serving the the incredible community of Granville.
Our organisation is currently funded by various government departments, including the Department of Family and Community Services (NSW), Department of Social Services, Department of Education and Training (NSW), and supported by local corporate services such as Knorr Bremse.
If you would like to know more about CMCS and the work we do, click here for our Annual Report