Together in Willmot’s kids holiday program has become so popular, they’re having to turn away service providers who want to be involved.
Jesuit Social Services general manager David Hammond said the program was another example of momentum shifting in the suburb.
“We’ve basically had to say to some organisations that they can’t all be involved at the same time,” he said. “It’s great.
"There’s more than 20 organisations connected to the hub now, and we’re starting to build a full-on calendar.”
The program ran on Wednesday and Thursday, drawing more than 90 children across the two days.
It’s the third time the program has been held at Willmot Community Hub, and Mr Hammond said trust was being consolidated between local kids and services.
“It’s been warm and friendly, and not a single behaviour issue,” he said.
“The first one was bigger than Texas, or at least that's how it felt. Now it's running smoothly.
“There’s been real generosity. No one says, ‘Who’s paying for what?’ Everyone just chucks in.”
Kids were kept occupied with a variety of activities including film making classes, sports, yoga, arts and crafts, drumming and boomerang throwing.
Services including Jesuit Social Services, The Hive, Blacktown Council and Rap 4 Change were involved, as were several local parents.
Mr Hammond said Together in Willmot was letting the community write its own narrative – and it’s telling a story of hope.
“This idea came from the residents,” he said.
“A few of us had a morning tea over at the school. A parent was there and said what we really need is a school holiday program.
“It wasn’t about getting a break from the kids, it was about caring for the kids.”