About the House
Neighbourhood Houses work with their communities to get things done, tackle issues and support each other through good and bad times. If you have an idea for your community and need some support to get things off the ground then come and talk to us at the House and we’ll talk about how we can help. We love to hear from our community and get involved.
We have a range of children’s activities and adult learning opportunities during terms and some school holidays. We support local community groups – whether it’s providing a space for them to meet or giving them assistance with funding applications. Come and talk to us about your ideas and how we can help your group realise their dreams. We also run our own community building activities such as the Woodend Community Lunch and the Woodend Repair Cafe.
Chloe Green is the Coordinator looking after the day-to-day running of the House. Chloe is supported by Patrick Hocking and a team of volunteers on the front desk, with Karlana Williamson keeping the House finances in check. We are also assisted by our social media guru Georgie Garvey-Hawke who does an amazing job of letting the local community know what is happening at the House.
Woodend Neighbourhood House Inc started its life as a short-term drop-in centre after the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. Run by local members of the Red Cross, it became the impetus for a community-led recovery and support centre that then grew into what we are today. It became incorporated in 1984, open for one day a week; it has had many different names and venues in its 30+ year life. Its most recent home, as the Woodend Neighbourhood House, is the Woodend Community Hub, a space that was built onto an existing old house in 2006 and has delivered a lovely shared space for community use. We are open five days a week, we hire rooms for functions and meetings after hours and provide learning and connection opportunities for all members of our community.
Become a member
The House is a member-driven organisation, just like any other small incorporated association, and has a small membership fee that delivers benefits to members such as Wi-Fi access at the House and access to our free activities. We also draw our committee members from within the ranks of our association members.
Committee of Governance
The House is led by a community Committee of Governance, currently ten members, made up of interested and skilled community members. We are always looking for new members to join our committee. If you have a passion for your community, and want to get involved and support new initiatives and ideas then talk to us about joining our committee. If you are interested the House Coordinator can give you an overview of what’s involved and put you in touch with our President.
The House is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Neighbourhood House Coordination Program. This means that the House has a Coordinator who works 23 hours per week (currently over three days – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) and to meet its funding requirements it needs to deliver a minimum of 50 hours of programming and activities per week.
We had on average 202 visits per week and delivered over 960 sessions of activity throughout 2018. We were supported by around 150 hours of volunteer time per week, by 19 volunteers through 2018.
Strengthening our community by supporting other community groups is an important part of our business. We have on average 28 community groups per month who use our facilities to support their meetings and develop their ideas.
Vision, Mission and Purpose
Our vision is that Woodend is a connected community fostering innovation, respecting difference and welcoming newcomers.
The Woodend Neighbourhood House’s mission is: Continuing to create, build, strengthen and connect our community.
The purpose of the House is to provide a friendly, safe, caring, respectful and non-judgemental environment and offer services and activities to those most in need in our community. We will try to achieve this through:
- Providing respectful, caring and inclusive services to address identified community needs;
- Developing and promoting community cohesion through the support of community actions and advocacy around social justice and poverty reduction, using supportive mentoring, guidance and resourcing;
- Strengthening community and individual resilience through support, referral and advocacy for people in need;
- Encouraging self-improvement and building individual and community capacity through providing pathways education and training opportunities for those most in need.
*Subject to conditions