Village Café has plenty of ZEST!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Penrith City Council’s acclaimed ‘Village Café’ has won the award for ‘Exceptional Partnership in a Local Government Area’ at the recent ZEST Awards.

Penrith City Council's acclaimed 'Village Café' has won the award for 'Exceptional Partnership in a Local Government Area' at the recent ZEST Awards.

The ZEST Awards, led by Western Sydney Community Forum, showcase the great work of Community organisations in promoting a positive image of Greater Western Sydney. They provide an opportunity to acknowledge the individual organisations, projects and partnership that make a real difference in the lives of people in our community.

Penrith Mayor John Thain said 'the 'Village Café' initiative was a real winner for everyone concerned. "Residents are offered a unique opportunity via the 'Village Café' to connect socially, share their experiences of staying well, and informally access preventative health and community services at a fortnightly café that pops up in a vacant block at Parklawn Place shops North St Marys," Clr Thain said.

The Village Café project is a priority under the Penrith Health Action Plan - an agreement between the three levels of government to collaborate on health promotion, prevention and early intervention.

The project partners include Penrith City Council, the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, the Nepean Primary Health Network, Community Junction, Ability Links, LikeMind and Uniting with each bringing their unique expertise to empower people over the age of 50 in North St Marys to improve their health and wellbeing.

The Village Café is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services Liveable Communities Program.

Caption: Penrith Mayor John Thain (centre) with members of Village Café key partners -Ability Links, Penrith Council and Community Junction.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Monday, 5 March 2018.