What We Do
Parnell Trust manages Parnell Community Centre on behalf of Auckland Council and provides a range of services to people of all ages in the community. Profits generated from the Trust's operations help to fund a range of community activities.
From Parnell Community Centre, Parnell Trust offers an extensive programme of community classes and activities. Classes are organised into four terms, in sync with school holidays, and cover culture and languages; English as a Second Language (ESOL); culinary delights; technology; healthy mind and body; creative art, craft and design; and music, rhythm and dance.
Our programme of Social Activities runs throughout the year and includes Bridge - daytime and evening groups, and Bridge classes; Mah Jong, Chess, Seniors Coffee and Chat, Step Out Walking group, Film Club and Scrabble. Other sociable activities available include groups such as Parnell U3A and Toast of Broadway Toastmasters Club, which hold regular member meetings at the centre.
Parnell Trust Venue Hire manages the Parnell Community Centre, which has the large Jubilee Hall and six other rooms of various sizes available for hire. The Centre's central location, easy motorway access and free parking make it a popular venue for business meetings and workshops. Hire rates are significantly discounted for community groups to make the Centre accessible to all.
Early Childhood Centres
Parnell Trust operates three early childhood education centres: Parnell Early Childhood Centre at 27 Glanville Terrace, Parnell; Gladstone Park Early Childhood Centre at 27 Balfour Road, Parnell and St Johns Early Childhood Centre at 50 Strong Street, St Johns. The centres are located close to main arterial routes to Auckland's CBD - perfect for commuting parents - and provide quality care, excellent teacher ratios, heart-healthy meals and snacks, leafy outdoor play areas and stimulating indoor spaces for three-month old babies to 5 year olds.
Parnell Trust's centres have won five Gold Healthy Heart Awards for excellent healthy living practices including meals, curriculum and healthy activities. Parnell Trust's Green Kids Programme plays a core role in life and learning at all the centres. The programme builds on the Heart Foundation's Healthy Heart initiatives and is all about taking the very best care of our children and setting them up to be healthy for life.
Programmes for School-aged Children
Parnell Trust offers before and after school programmes, and school holiday programmes, delivered by experienced and highly motivated staff. The programmes provide a valuable service for hundreds of families in our community by allowing parents and caregivers to continue at their work, knowing that their children are being cared for professionally.
Term-time after school programmes are run at Parnell District School, Epsom Normal Primary School (also a before school programme), and at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School in Epsom. A variety of planned activities, homework time and free play are incorporated each afternoon and a snack is also provided.
Parnell Trust offers an extensive school holiday programme from Parnell and Epsom schools with up to four on-site and off-site activities and adventures to choose from each day. Themed activity options include: Club House onsite activities; Adventure Seekers activities out and about in the Auckland area; high energy On the Move activities; and exciting Special Projects including computer workshops and LEGO Mindstorms. School Holiday hours are perfect for working parents who can drop their children off with us as early as 7.30am and collect them as late as 6pm.
KidsHQ SuperMeals are frozen take-home meals, made at Parnell Early Childhood Centre each week to Parnell Trust's Gold Healthy Heart award-winning recipes. The meals are packed with "hidden vege" goodness and perfect for growing children. With a little added seasoning they're great for adults too! A menu of meals, in 200g and 300g packs, are available for purchase online at www.kidshq.co.nz. Meals can also be purchased directly from Parnell Community Centre, including at Parnell Farmers' Market, and at Parnell Early Childhood Centre.
Parnell Farmers' Market and Craft Harvest market
Parnell Trust started Parnell Farmers' Market in 2010 as a place to bring members of our community together and to provide the opportunity to purchase fresh seasonal produce, brought to market by the producers themselves.
Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, the market is set up in the Jubilee Building car park at 545 Parnell Road, Parnell behind Parnell Community Centre. It's open from 8am to 12 noon. The market won accolades from the New York Times in 2013, and in 2014, Auckland trendsetter The Denizen voted Parnell Farmers' Market Auckland's Best Inner City Market' for Foodies, saying that it's a "must-stop for those who have their finger on the pulse when it comes to all things worth devouring."
Craft Harvest joins Parnell Farmers' Market on the fourth Saturday of each month from 8am - 11.45am. The market is a showcase of some of Auckland's best craft talent. People can buy original, high quality handmade art and craft direct from the makers in Parnell Community Centre's Jubilee Hall.
Parnell Trust offers a unique programme of heritage walks around the historic central Auckland suburbs of Parnell, Grafton, Newmarket, Epsom and Auckland University's campus. A full programme of guided walks is offered during the annual Auckland Heritage Festival, which runs for two weeks in September and/or October. Walks are led by knowledgeable guides who provide interesting commentary and anecdotes on local heritage treasures and the people that shaped these central Auckland suburbs. Guided Heritage Walks can be booked for private groups at any time of the year, depending on availability of our guides.
Many of the walks are also available for download in podcast format on this website and come complete with printable guides and maps.
Community initiatives and events
Parnell Trust seeks to facilitate community-led initiatives by helping people network to form groups for social activity or action, and by providing, within Parnell Community Centre, places where groups can come together. Parnell Trust's Community Development Manager is available to help people make connections within the community.
Parnell Trust often participates in or helps promote community events in collaboration with local groups. For two years, Parnell Trust has collaborated with local groups including Waitemata Local Board, Parnell and Newmarket Business Associations, and Community committees of Parnell and Grafton to run the annual Art in a Day competition. The Trust is a regular at Parnell's annual Festival of Roses, run by Auckland Council.