Woodend Neighbourhood House

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.

Melissa Baker is the Manager looking after the day-to-day running of the House.  Melissa is supported by Patrick Hocking and a team of volunteers on the front desk, with Karlana Williamson keeping the House finances in check.

Our history

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

Become a member and support Woodend Neighbourhood House in supporting the community. The house is an important place for local’s to make connections.

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 want your input; by becoming a member it also gives you the opportunity to contribute to the  direction of the house.

Committee of Governance

The House is led by a community Committee of Governance, currently eight 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 Manager can give you an overview of what’s involved and put you in touch with our President.

Our funding

The House is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Neighbourhood House Coordination Program. This means that the House has an obligation to meet its funding requirements and needs to deliver a minimum of 50 hours of programming and / or community initiatives per week.

We currently have a Manager who works 18 hours per week (currently over three days – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) as well as an Administration support role who too works 18 hours.

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

Woodend Neighborhood house

  • VISION: Woodend Neighbourhood House sees Woodend as a connected community, inclusive of all, respecting difference and fostering responsive capacity.
  • OUR MISSION:  To continue to build, strengthen and connect our community.

The purpose of the House is

1. To provide an environment which encourages all members of the community to participate in our services and activities, encouraging self-improvement and building individual and community capacity and resilience.

2. To promote community connectedness through support of community action around identified needs


*Subject to conditions


Strategic Plan Oct 2020 2022 Endorsed