SHALVEY parents who say there's nothing around to keep their children out of trouble after school may not have heard of the community centre.
Shalvey Community Centre staff and volunteers want to spread the word about the low-cost activities they run most afternoons for people aged 5-15.
Boy Zone participants were playing computer games when the Star dropped in last Tuesday.
They also play X-Box and sport and do art.
A similar group caters for girls and the Shalvey Community Dance and Acrobats is hugely popular.
Samantha Childs has been the centre's co-ordinator for three years.
"We're offering kids something to do," she said. "They have fun and make new friends, while their parents know where they are."
The centre hopes to change negative misconceptions many people have about Shalvey.
"There are a lot of positive things happening in Shalvey that not many people know about it," Ms Childs said.
Parents who know about the activities are full of praise for the centre.
"We've recently moved to the area so the dancing has given my daughter the chance to build confidence and make friends," one parent said.
The non-for-profit organisation, which has appealed for community help, hopes to hold some barbecue fund-raisers throughout the year.
The centre would like to expand its activities schedule to graffiti art and a supper club in the future, if funds and numbers permit.
Shalvey Community Centre is at 7 Rosewall Place, Shalvey.
Details: 9628 4313.
Boy Zone: Tuesdays, 3-5pm
Girlfriend Klub: Thursdays, 3-5pm.
Dance and Acrobats: Mondays and Friday, 3-7pm.
Seniors folk art/kinship group: Mondays from noon