The vision for the Corstorphine Community Hub was first conceived following the closure of the Corstorphine School in 2010.
The Dunedin City Council sort ideas on how best to utilise the facility and about 40 residents in the South-Dunedin suburb of Corstorphine engaged in the consultation with much of the feedback revolving around food, such as establishing a community garden, healthy eating for general wellbeing and potluck lunches.
As an initiative of its White Paper For Vulnerable Children, the Government leased Corstorphine Hall and its surrounding land to Dunedin Kindergarten Association and Corstorphine Community Hub which decided to share the facility with the community..
Three years later in December 2013 the Corstorphine Community Hub was officially opened.
The kindergarten association initially employed a part-time co-ordinator to oversee the hub's projects and to develop and manage service providers. This included working with Public Health South to find ways to get core health services to the Corstorphine community.
A number of groups also started utilising the hall including a play group, indoor bowls and Sport Otago.
From the outset a core initiative of the hub was to establish a community garden, as a way to bring people together, teach new skills and grow fresh vegetables to feed people in need.
Today the hub works with the Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora and WellSouth organisations to provide services including free social workers, podiatry, diabetes testing, annual breast screening and seminars on topics such as suicide prevention. It also works with KiwiHarvest providing free food which is distributed directly to whanau requiring immediate help. Every Thursday the hub also provides a free lunch available for anyone in the community.
In January 2018, the hub moved from its original Lockerbie Street premises to the Corstorphine Community Centre in Middleton Rd and is working to upgrade the hall and re-establish a new community garden.