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Recipe: From 'Club' to 'Hub'

Here's our recipe for transforming a disused bowling Club into a WELLfed community Hub.


  • 1 helpful Landlord who made it safe for use - thanks Porirua City Council

  • 5 rooms, cleaned and prepared - thanks WELLfed learners and volunteers

  • 1 bunch (10-15 people) of painting crew to transform the interior - thanks Mana Lions & Dave Anderson

  • Generous sprinkling of morning tea and drinks for the workers - thanks Roger at the Plimmerton Deli

  • Vacuum cleaner, Tables, chairs and more - thanks Zonta Mana

  • 3 storage-style shelving units - thanks Bunnings Porirua

  • Optional - curtains, lots of shelving, desks, printer, jug and something on the wall to make Becs/Kim smile - thanks GKC and everyone


  • Organise ingredients in the order listed above

  • Gently combine to create the hive of activity that is WELLfed HQ

  • Spoon the mixture into the correct spaces -- office, chiller, and well-organised storage and cook at 160 for about 3 weeks

  • Check it is done as a perfect space for WELLfed ingredients, cooking equipment, and childcare resources

Having a home-base, means time and effort is streamlined -especially for our volunteers who arrange food, equipment and transport. We’ve even been able to use the upstairs space for a one-off WELLfed Youth cooking event in collaboration with SHIFT.

We are looking forward to continuing to transform the new space in Hampshire Street,  from its previous life as a Bowling Club into a community hub which supports our community to eat and live well.

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