What are Neighbourhood Houses?
Neighbourhood Houses are known by many different names. These names include:
- Community Houses
- Living and Learning Centres
- Neighbourhood Centres
- Learning Centres
Whatever the name these places are local organisations that provide social, educational and recreational activities for their communities in a welcoming supportive environment.
There are approximately 360 Neighbourhood Houses across Victoria with at least one Neighbourhood House in just about every town and suburb in Victoria. To find your local Neighbourhood House click here.
Neighbourhood Houses are managed by volunteer committees and paid staff. They offer many opportunities for volunteer participation in all aspects of the house activities and management. Good quality affordable childcare and playgroups are offered at most houses.
Activities are generally run at low or no cost to participants. Activities offered could include:
- English as a second language
- Handling credit for people with disabilities
- Children’s art classes
- Gentle exercise for over 50’s
- Men’s health and well-being
- Introduction to computers
- Internet and email access
- Car mechanics for women
And much more!