History of The Spiers Centre

The Spiers Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support, information and empowerment of individuals, families and communities. Striving towards our vision for strong, caring and resilient communities, The Spiers Centre has provided services that have supported the community for 40 years.

How The Spiers Centre Began

In August 1980, a group of approximately forty women met in the lounge room of Joy Coleman's house in Heathridge and started to meet regularly to support and uplift each other in this new and isolated area.

These meetings soon became a place where mums could come together with their babies, creating a community where mothers could receive moral support and advice, especially during those first days as a new parent.

From these regular meetings a committee was eventually formed to formalise the group. After persistent appeals from Joy Coleman and the committee, the Wanneroo Shire agreed to pay for the lease on a house in Spirula Way, Heathridge. The group decided to name the house they were meeting in, The Granny Spiers Community House.

Who is Granny Spiers?

Frances and James Spiers at Martin Hole Homestead
Frances and James Spiers at Martin Hole Homestead

Yes, Granny Spiers was a real person!

Frances Spiers, better known as Granny Spiers, was one of Wanneroo’s local legends. Actively involved in the community, she was known for opening her home to anyone needing some support back in the early 1900s.

A place where anyone needing support could come for some baked treats, a hot drink and a supportive shoulder, Granny Spiers’ was where you went to relax and unwind before heading back into the harsh reality of the world. It was a place where people came together.

Today, the warmth and friendship that inspired the naming of the centre still exists today as we continue to support communities, making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.

What The Spiers Centre Does

The Spiers Centre is a place where people can come and receive some support without judgement. We are inclusive and understand that any one of us can be in an unfortunate position where we may need just a little bit of help. Some of our services include:

· Financial support and counselling

· Empowering communities and support groups

· Social Club

· Crisis and disaster support

· Workshops

· Playgroups

The Spiers Centre does not discriminate, and we are able to support someone going through a crisis with our network of partners and supporters. This year we proudly celebrate 40 years of making a positive difference in the lives of others.

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