Steve McLuckie is Victory’s new community coordinator. Photo: Kate Russell.

Helping make Victory sing

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Steve McLuckie is a firm believer in the power of communities. So, when he saw the Victory Community Centre was looking for a new community coordinator, he jumped at the opportunity.

A Scot who grew up in Liverpool, Steve is now seven weeks into the “people-powered” role after relocating to Nelson in June after 13 years in Auckland.

“Coming from a community development space you hear about Victory and the great stuff it’s been involved with over the years, so I got really excited when I saw the job advertised.”

Steve brings a wealth of experience to the role after spending the last four years coordinating a community development project in the North Shore.

He has also spent time working for Auckland Council and organising support services for homeless people in the city.

He says he’s slowly but surely starting to find his feet.

“It’s a big role. The key to the position is relationships, so it’s a bit of a journey developing those relationships because I’m new to Nelson and new to the role.

“But I’ve been blown away by the warm welcome I’ve received and the community volunteers here who come in and help to make this place what it is.”

Steve says he is currently in “listening mode”.

“I want to hear what people want. There are nearly 50 different ethnic communities in this community – I want to explore how we make this place sing for all of those guys.”

The centre is also about to embark on a community consultation to find out what else the centre could be doing.

Reinstigating the Friday night community meals, Lark in the Park and making the most out of the community garden are all on the cards.

“I also want to work on community kai resilience and supporting people around food.”

Steve coordinates the activities programme, which includes playgroup, belly dancing, whānau dance, African drumming, knitting for kids and more.

“We are looking for volunteers to come in and help us with some of the activities, we need a bit of community support.”

Steve says he’s excited to get to know Victory.

“It’s such a welcoming space – hopefully, I can help more people feel like this is their place too.”

To contact Steve email [email protected] or call 0273289922.