What is a Neighbourhood House?
Neighbourhood Houses provide a place for people together to come together to learn in, and contribute to their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities, using a unique community development approach. They are small not-for-profit organisations which respond to the needs and aspirations of the communities they are located in. Their main aim is to break down social barriers, connect people to their local community, and give them a greater sense of belonging.
There are over 400 neighbourhood houses in Victoria which means there’s bound to be one near you. They may have different names, As they respond to locally identified needs and priorities, the program at a Neighbourhood Houses in metropolitan Melbourne is likely to be quite different from what's on offer in remote, rural Victoria. Some of names include: Neighbourhood House; Community House; Learning Centre; Living and Learning Centre; Neighbourhood Centre; and Community Centre.
What kind of activities do neighbourhood houses provide seniors?
Neighbourhood houses play an important role in the positive ageing experience for older Victorians. They offer a range of opportunities which help seniors to remain socially connected, mentally stimulated and physically healthy.
Every neighbourhood house is unique and will offer different activities depending on the needs of their community, but some common activities you may find include:
- gentle exercise classes such as tai chi or yoga
- arts and crafts classes
- sewing and knitting clubs
- cooking classes
- community lunches
- social groups such as grandparent groups, garden clubs or walking groups
- assistance with technology to help seniors connect online
- English classes for people where English is a second language
- welfare support such as food banks and government services.
Some neighbourhood houses also have community sheds and community gardens.
How much does it cost to participate?
Activities are generally run at low or no cost to participants. Among the most common include health and wellbeing activities; Art and craft; Computer training / digital literacy; Community events; Community lunches / Social eating groups; Self help and support groups; Seniors' groups; Life skills education; Playgroups; Internet access; English as a Second Language classes.
Everyone is welcome
Neighbourhood houses are all about providing a non-intimidating and caring space where everyone feels valued.
They welcome people of all ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds, genders and sexualities.
Where are the Neighbourhood houses located?
To find a house near you search the Neighbourhood House Victoria website via
How do you find out more?
Visit the Neighbourhood Houses Victoria . Phone: 03 9602 1228 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org