Vision & Mission

Duke Street Community House believes that all individuals have a right to enrich their lives, through access to social, community and educational participation.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Encouraging and expanding people’s awareness of their abilities and opportunities;
  • Endeavoring to identify and respond to social justice needs within our community;
  • Providing an open and caring environment where individuals and groups can explore and achieve their full potential;
  • Recognising and respecting the diverse cultural and educational background of our community 


Our Philosophy

From the centre's inception in 1973 and over the ensuing years the main principle of providing programs to enhance social justice, access and equity to its community remains strongly in tact today.

Duke Street Community House prides itself on this philosophy and the value of opening up lifelong learning opportunities to ALL individuals regardless of age, gender, race or disability.

This is evidenced by the range of programs that are specifically designed to meet the learning and social needs of particular groups. These groups of learners generally experience difficulty accessing or participating in formal education and training.

This is generally attributable to lack of previous educational opportunities, learning difficulties, low self esteem or feelings of alienation in larger formal institutions. It is our firmly held belief that everyone has a right to an education to ensure that people benefit and contribute to the vision of a healthy and participatory democracy.

Our Focus

  • Funding – diversify and expand our funding base
  • Needs- assess what Duke Street Community House needs and implement plans
  • Profile – enhance Duke Street Community House’s profile in the local community
  • Resources – develop our people and make the best use of the House
  • Programs – maintain and develop key educational and community development programs especially pre-accredited and accredited training