Community Hub

Big Yellow Umbrella's (BYU) Community program aims to strengthen, enrich and empower the community of Macarthur by providing a wide range of services for people residing in the Macarthur Local Government Area (LGA). BYU works in partnership with, and receives support from, a number of local based services and organisations. BYU’s community program is funded by NSW Department of Community & Justice.

Community Development Workers oversee BYU’s Community program.

Our community workers:

    • Provide information to the community
    • Provide support and referral services to individuals.
    • Facilitate programs, workshops, community activities and events

Information, Support & Referral


BYU provides various support services such as:

    • Legal Advice with Macarthur Legal – First Wednesday of each month @ BYU office. Bookings essential
    • Tax Help – July to October. Bookings essential
    • EAPA (Energy Accounts Payment Assistance)
    • Access to assistance with payment of Sydney Water bills
    • Community information and resources about upcoming events
    • Information sessions as the need is identified
    • Information and referral to other services and community groups in the Macarthur LGA

Programs

BYU provides regular programs for residents in the Macarthur LGA. These programs are facilitated by a Community Development Worker and include:

  • These sessions are designed to educate and/or inform and create awareness about particular issues. Some examples include:

    • Financial skills sessions
    • Mental Health information sessions
    • Food Security sessions
    • Legal information sessions
    • Narellan Tai Chi – Mondays & Wednesdays 1.00pm – 2.00pm @ Narellan Child, Family Community Centre, Queen Street Narellan (excluding public holidays).
    • Ballroom Dancing - Tuesdays 11.00am - 12:30pm @ Narellan Child, Family & Community Centre during school term.
    • Yoga - Fridays 4.30pm - 5.30pm @ Narellan Child, Family & Community Centre during school term.
  • During school holidays BYU organises affordable activities as part of their Kids Club program, for children 5-12 years. Kids Club runs on each Wednesday morning of the school holidays, except during the Christmas / New Year period and bookings are essential. Activities include:

    • Tie Dye workshops
    • Cooking workshops
    • Hip Hop
    • Basketball
    • Self-Defence
    • Gymnastics
    • Athletics

    Watch this space for the next School Holiday calendar.  Why not 'Like' our Facebook Page BigYellowUmbrella for the latest updates.

  • Workshops generally run over a period of 2-8 weeks but we also hold one-off workshops. Members of the community are encouraged to actively participate in workshops whether they have prior experience or are looking to learn something new. Some examples include:

    • Cooking workshops
    • Road Safety workshops for children
    • Art and art therapy workshops
    • Therapeutic Journal
    • Writing Laughter Yoga
    • Triple P Parenting Courses

Contact Big Yellow Umbrella about our programs

Community Activities & Events

Community Events

BYU holds events to celebrate key dates on the community calendar of events. These include:

    • Seniors Week
    • Carers Week
    • Youth Week
    • R U OK Day
    • Mental Health Awareness Week
    • Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

BYU also participates in annual community events alongside other community services in the Macarthur LGA. Some examples include:

    • Narellan Rhythms Festival
    • Camden Play Day
    • Camden Kids Festival

Cultural Bus Tours

Big Yellow Umbrella has a cultural bus tour program that gives seniors the opportunity to visit a wide range of cultural destinations at an affordable cost. 

Community Creative Projects

These projects involve participants working as a team to create art that can be enjoyed by the community. Examples include:

    • Fishers Ghost Competition entry from our Art Therapy Group. Art piece is on show at the Narellan office.
    • Mosaic Project – four table can be seen at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living.
    • Women’s sculpture project – sculptures are on display at the Camden Civic Centre.

Fundraising Events

We also hold our own fundraising events to help sustain the work of our organisation. These include:

    • Community Breakfasts & BBQs
    • 2019 Golf Day
    • 2018 & 2019 Trivia Night
    • Bunnings BBQ

These fundraising events offer a great opportunity for members of the community to volunteer with us.  

To find out more or to make a booking