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 www.nhvic.org.au/searchdirectory

How do you find out more?

Visit the Neighbourhood Houses Victoria website. Phone: 03 9602 1228 or email: info@nhvic.org.au

Online and other Neighbourhood House activities

  • Arrabri Community House

    Arrabri Community House is located in the leafy streets of Bayswater North in the outer east of Melbourne. We offer a broad range of programs, courses and activities. All our services are designed to be affordable and to bring people together in a warm and welcoming environment. We aim to inspire, empower and create a sense of belonging for our community.

    Adult education classes include Introduction and Intermediate level classes in computers and Bring Your Own Device classes to help you get the most out of your phone, iPad and other devices. 

    We also offer health and wellbeing classes such as yoga, Pilates, chair Pilates and strength training. 

    Popular social groups include a calligraphy group, sewing & craft group, knitting group and writers group. There is also a weekly facilitated playgroup which is attended by parents, grandparents and other carers with children.

    Arrabri also holds special events such as senior’s luncheons, morning teas with guest speakers and one off workshops in art, craft, cooking and more!

    Visit our website for information on our latest planned courses and activities. You can also visit our Facebook page for news and information.

    Contact information

    Phone: 03 9720 0877
    Email: arrabri@arrabri.org
    Website: www.arrabri.org

     

  • Avenue Neighbourhood House - Blackburn South

    Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley is a very vibrant and strong Neighbourhood House that has been operating for over 35 years within the City of Whitehorse.

    Avenue Neighbourhood House provides an extensive range of low cost social and recreational activities such as yoga, strength training, poetry, dancing, singing, music, language classes, plates,  line dancing and creative writing. 

    Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley, is also a Learn Local organisation and provides a range of pre-accredited courses.

    These courses are designed to help learners gain the confidence and skills and include courses in communication, digital literacy IPads and computers

    The integrated approach of the Avenue has enabled the needs and aspirations of individuals to be identified and met, usually within the suite of programs provided or in partnership with other local organisations and/or through referral.

    More information on current courses and programs can be found on The Avenue website.

    Phone: 03 9808 2000

    Email: info@theavenue.org.au

    Website: www.theavenue.org.au 

     

  • Casey Community Learning Centres

    Casey Connect & Learn brings together classes, activities and social groups across 14 neighbourhood houses and community learning centres in the City of Casey, covering a wide area from Endeavour Hills in the north to Blind Bight in the South. Everyone is welcome at Casey Connect & Learn. We invite you to discover a safe and supportive space to learn, connect and grow within your local community. 

    Find the perfect activity, class or group for you – right on your doorstep. https://caseyconnectlearn.com.au/

    Explore hundreds of classes, activities and groups in your community.

    Try something new and discover your passion today. 

    With so many options to choose from, there’s something for everyone in our local community.

    https://caseyconnectlearn.com.au/

     
  • Castlemaine Community House Inc.

    Castlemaine Community House Inc. is one of 400 Neighbourhood Houses across Victoria and provide a range of programs and services under a community development framework across the Shire of Mount Alexander.

    Castlemaine Community House provides programs and activities contributing to community development and supporting individuals and groups within the local community.

    We have a range of regular activities, educational classes for adults, programs for parents and children, and a large number of community projects which we run or contribute to.

    We are run by a committee of management and we have a number of staff and volunteers.

    Key programs include:

    • Learn Local and Life Long Learning education programs
    • Social and community inclusion programs
    • Weekly Community Lunch in Castlemaine (around 100 people attending each week)
    • Public Internet Access Computers

    Contact us for further information on the following:

    • Free financial counselling programme
    • Castlemaine Pride (LGBTIQ+)
    • Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group (MASDAG)
    • The ELM Network – suicide prevention and awareness
    • The Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge – community connections and awareness of mental health supports across the Mount Alexander Shire
    • Community choirs

    Contact information

    Phone: 5472 4842

    Email: reception@cch.org.au

    Website: www.cch.org.au

  • Central Ringwood Community Centre Inc.
    Central Ringwood Community Centre is situated in Bedford Park, Ringwood, and is a stone's throw away from the picturesque Ringwood Lake Park. The trees and wildlife that connect our community centre to Ringwood Lake are symbolic of the connection our centre has within the community, being that we are all connected and that healthy and nurtured trees that are given a space of thrive are able to establish themselves and live a healthy life. Our fundamental aim is to foster and nurture healthy communities through our social inclusion programs, educational and training services, workshops, day programs and our community garden, which is weaving bonds between people and community groups as the roots of these plants weave together underground. Phone: 9870 2602 Email: info@crccinc.org.au Website: https://www.crccinc.org.au/ 

    Explore all of our offerings

    Some of the other services we pride ourselves in delivering are the Keeping Connected Support Group, which is a space for people who are experiencing isolation and loneliness to come together online to connect, make friends and be heard. Art and Craft groups, such as watercolour painting and tapestry, where people come together to learn or build on already existing skills. The Fabulous Fortnightly Feast, where for just eight dollars you share a two-course meal alongside others and enjoy a presentation from a guest speaker.

    Gentle exercise and line dancing classes, because we understand that the body as well as the mind needs to stay active. The Sew Talk and Learn and English conversation classes, where anyone can come along to learn English whilst learning how to sew. Community garden projects and workshops, because for many, being able to learn new skills to nurture nature also nurtures us. We also deliver language classes and nutrition workshops because this promotes the wellbeing of both our mind and body.

    All of our programs can be found on our website.

  • Chelsea Longbeach PLACE

    We are proud to be one of the leading not-for-profit community based organisations within the City of Kingston which provides members of the community with opportunities for lifelong learning and skills development.

    We are part of the Southern Metropolitan Region of Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) and a Learn Local provider offering educational programs to assist learners between the ages of 15 to 90.

    We encourage people to participate in our courses, groups and activities in order to break down social isolation and enjoy the friendship of others.

    We have many local community groups meeting at our Centre during the month, among those being Al-Anon, Australian Shareholders Association, GROW, Chelsea Probus Committee, Chelsea PC Support Group, Bayside Book Club, Bonbeach-Chelsea Railway Station Group and Chelsea and Surrounds Network Group.

    Longbeach PLACE Inc. is supported with State Government grants from the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Education & Training and the City of Kingston.

    Phone: 9776 1386

    Email: reception@longbeachplace.org.au

    Website: https://longbeachplace.org.au/

  • Cheltenham Community Centre

    Cheltenham Community Centre (CCC) is a not for profit organisation that strengthens community by offering all people a diverse range of community services, learning opportunities and resources for personal development.

    CCC has over 1000 participants attending a wide variety of services and programs each year, including adult education, childcare, recreational programs for both adults and children and social support groups.

    CCC is supported by funding from a number of organisations. These include Adult Community and Further Education Board, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education and Training and the City of Kingston. CCC is one of the largest community providers of the Adult Migrant English Program.

    CCC believes in working together in partnerships with local agencies, learning institutes and government to provide individuals and the community with quality programs. CCC enjoys a good working relationship with Southern Community Church of Christ to deliver community festivals, improve facilities for community programs and work on special projects.

    All programs at CCC are conducted by highly qualified and experienced staff while management of CCC is overseen by a volunteer Board of Governance.

    More information on our online classes can be found on the CCC website.

    Phone: 9583 0095
    Email: admin@chelt.com.au
    Website: https://www.chelt.com.au/

  • Cohuna Neighbourhood House

    Cohuna Neighbourhood House extends a hand of friendship to Cohuna and District communities and offers a diverse and integrated range of support, services and programs for individuals, groups, families and other organizations. This is offered in a warm, friendly environment free of any bias, prejudice or social injustice. Check out our services page for a list of services and programs offered at the house.

    Cohuna Neighbourhood House provides support to our community and our online services include:

    Fortnightly Community Newsletter, http://nhcohuna.org/downloads/Happenings.pdf

    Contact Information

    Phone: (03) 5456 4666
    Email: nhcohuna@bigpond.com
    Website: http://nhcohuna.org/
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CohunaNH

  • Corio Rosewall Community Centre

    Rosewall Community Centre is a fun, vibrant hub in the heart of Corio offering a friendly and welcoming place to all. From relaxing art sessions to volunteering and employment training, Rosewall offer a variety of programs to suit all ages and interests.

    With friendly staff, a state-of-the-art accessible building and a whole host of activities, you're sure to find something you like! Our most popular programs include Monday Pottery and Thursday craft groups, where you can let your inner creativity shine in a friendly, relaxed group. All our activities are seniors-friendly, and most already have a few senior citizens involved, but we also offer an over 50s social group, with a welcoming and vibrant group, and an over 50s weight loss group, where you can connect with like-minded people.

    Phone: 5275 7409/ 0491 757 031

    Email: admin@rosewallnc.org.au

    Website: http://www.rosewallnc.org.au/

  • Creswick Neighbourhood Centre

    A little about us: we are a neighbourhood house originally started by the Creswick community in the early 1980s. We are an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to community development, education, and training. Governed by a volunteer Committee of Management we are funded in part by The Department of Health & Human Services and partly self-funded.

    Creswick Market is operating twice each month on the first and third Saturdays.

    To find out more about how the market is operating with Covid:

    Visit the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CreswickMarket/
    Website: http://creswickmarket.com.au/
    Or email: info@creswickmarket.com.au

    If you would like to know more about Creswick Wholefoods and how to order you can visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/creswickwholefoodscollective/

    Anglicare Food Assistance is happening monthly every 2nd Tuesday in the hall from 10 – 11.30am phone for an appointment 5333 0600

    If you know someone who needs a hand please suggest they visit the ‘Neighbourhood Share’ cupboard located at the rear of the house for our free food share.

    Visit our Facebook page for centre updates and a handy ‘help’ thread: https://www.facebook.com/CreswickNC/

    If you need disposable masks for vulnerable people in our community let us know, we can help.

    We have a range of information and resources available so please contact us here if you think we can assist our local community.

    Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance – stay well and love your neighbours!

    Contact Information

    Phone: 5345 2356
    Email: info@creswicknc.org.au
    Website: creswicknc.org.au

  • East Gippsland Network of Neighbourhood Houses

    We support & advocate on behalf of 20 Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres across the Wellington and East Gippsland Shire council areas.

    Phone: 0499 970 099

    Email: network@egnnh.net.au

    Website: www.egnnh.net.au

     Most Neighbourhood Houses offer opportunities to participate, learn, volunteer and get to know your community. Activities are generally run at low or no cost to participants. Among the most common are:

    • Health and wellbeing activities
    • Arts and crafts
    • Computer training / digital literacy
    • Community events
    • Community lunches / Social eating groups
    • Self help and support groups
    • Seniors' groups
    • Youth groups
    • Life skills education
    • Play groups
    • Internet access
    • English as a Second Language

    To find a Neighbourhood House in East Gippsland Shire or Wellington Shire visit the website https://www.egnnh.net.au/find-a-neighbourhood-house

     

  • Footscray Angliss Neighbourhood House

    In the centre of the Angliss Housing Estate in Footscray, Angliss Neighbourhood House has been providing education to the community for 30 years.

    Digital Sessions Supporting Seniors to get Online

    This program is designed to help seniors get online and stay connected. These are one-on-one sessions where you will have an opportunity to ask and learn about what matters to you online. We can come to you or you can visit us in Footscray.

    One on one sessions available, tailored to you!
    Want to learn to make a Zoom call? Maybe how to use an iPad? Whatever it is you need online, we can help you feel confident doing so.

    Call Angliss Neighbourhood House on 9687 9908 for more information and to book.

    Phone: 9687 9908
    Email: admin@anglissnh.net.au
    Website: https://anglissnh.net.au/

  • Glen Waverley Kerrie Rd Neighbourhood House

    Kerrie Rd Neighbourhood House (KNH) in Glen Waverley is proud to have over a 40 year history that works to enrich our community by developing social connectedness, promoting healthy lifestyles and providing opportunities for lifelong learning, recreation and support within an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment. 

    We’re a colourful bunch that embraces diversity and inclusion and we are very fortunate to have a dedicated team who all work hard and are committed to the same cause. Each year we hold an open day event for the community which provides an opportunity for local families to get to know each other and for us to connect. 

    We have a great drop in space where you can make a cuppa and enjoy a chat with a friend and for those that need some one-on-one help, if you BYO device we can help you with this too.

    Phone: 98876226
    Email: info@knh.org.au
    Website: http://www.knh.org.au/

    For a full list of our courses and classes visit our website here. To enquire or for more information, please email us at info@knh.org.au

  • Hampton Community Centre and Highett Neighbourhood Community House

    Both Hampton Community Centre and Highett Neighbourhood Community House provide social, educational and recreational activities for all of the community in a warm, welcoming environment.

    When participating in learning experiences people will meet new people and form new connections with their community.  Both Centres are open and flexible in its curriculum and will respond readily to the community as needs change and new interests develop. The aim is to provide low-cost activities thereby enabling the whole community to participate.

    There are now also online classes in Spanish, French, Acrylic Painting, Paint Draw Create and Movement to Music and Pilates.
    Our houses are also offering a free counselling service to our community.  There are now 2 Counselling Students from Monash University on hand to lend an ear Monday to Friday to chat on the phone or online.

    The Community Connector Program is part of the Social Prescribing project which is an emerging ‘treatment’ in Australia and it is seeking to address the underlying causes of mental and physical ill-health i.e. social isolation, loneliness, obesity. Social Prescribing refers to the practice of working with a participant to co-design a health and well-being plan that connects the patient to relevant community and voluntary activities and support.

    The UK has been trialling Social Prescribing projects for around 5 years and they have yielded positive health and well-being results with participants reporting improvements connected to self-esteem, confidence, reduced social isolation and loneliness. Social isolation and loneliness in our Australian communities are on the rise and it is important to address this in our community with your support.

    Online Classes

    https://baysidecommunitycentres.org.au/online/

    Counselling Service

    https://baysidecommunitycentres.org.au/chat/

    Social Prescription

    https://baysidecommunitycentres.org.au/social_prescription/

    Contact Information

    Hampton: 9598 2977 Email: adminhcc@highett.org.au
    Highett: 95553797 Emailoffice@highett.org.au
    Website: https://baysidecommunitycentres.org.au/

     
  • Inverloch Community House

    EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT! The e-book club is here! 

    The House has partnered with the Inverloch branch of the West Gippsland Libraries to get one going.

    To participate you will need a library card and a pin, to enable access to the Libraries RB digital portal. If you don’t have a library membership and pin, you can sort it out online here, or phone the lovely people at the Library on 5674 1169. Make yourself and your device comfortable and pour yourself a glass or cup of something delicious. Cake is optional.  

    If you want to take part, then welcome! Email Jill (admin-ichi@dcsi.net.au) to enrol. More information here

    Inverloch Camera Club 

    For all levels of photographers, from experienced professionals to others just beginning their journey. Come and talk photography, share your photos and learn new ideas and skills. Each month a photo challenge is assigned; participation in the challenge is optional and is encouraged. At the moment club activities are mainly done through a closed FB group, but if a presenter is available a zoom session is possible. Contact the Club organiser Kerri by email - kapratt8@hotmail.com, or phone her on 0401 616 519.

    Contact Information

    Phone: 5674 2444
    Email: office-ichi@dcsi.net.au
    Website: https://www.inverlochcommunityhouse.org.au/

  • Long Gully Neighbourhood House

    The Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre Inc. (LGNC) is a non-profit organisation governed by a voluntary Committee of Governance comprising mostly of community members, and managed on a day to day basis by a Centre Coordinator. The LGNC plays an important role in providing opportunities through training, programs, activities, events and projects for individuals of all abilities who are vulnerable and experiencing disadvantage. Flexibility and creativity allow us to be inclusive and to connect people socially.

    The LGNC Facebook page is a great conduit of local and broader information together with some inspirational posts from time-to-time.  The Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/lgncorg.

    Newsletter

    Each fortnight brings the New Beginnings Newsletter, a newsletter of hope and encouragement – it is available online to be downloaded from our website: https://www.lgnc.org.au/newsletter.

    You can subscribe to the Newsletter by emailing projects@lgnc.org.au and have it emailed to you. Alternatively, to obtain a printed copy, please also contact LGNC.

    Contact Information

    Email: coordinator@lgnc.org.au
    Phone: 5442 1165 or 5443 0998  
    Website: https://www.lgnc.org.au/

  • Maldon Neighbourhood Centre

    Since 1986, the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre has provided a place for the community to come together to create, play and learn. The Maldon Neighbourhood Centre has a full range of activities and services and offers a child-friendly outdoor space, a meeting area and classroom, a Community Garden open to all and a drop-in centre with comfy couches, a welcoming atmosphere and free Wi-Fi.

    Maldon Neighbourhood Centre Covid activities for the local community:

    • A changing program of workshops and courses
    • Weekly community lunch
    • Be Connected support - help improve your internet skills
    • Community transport service
    • Walks and community bus day tours
    • Yoga and Tai Chi
    • Walking groups
    • Occasional childcare and playgroup
    • Regular gatherings of clubs and societies (such as Maldon Golden Movies, Night Sky Appreciation and Cryptic Crossword)

    For more information please go to the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre website, or contact us via the details below.

    Contact Information

    Phone: 5475 2093
    Email: info@maldonnc.org.au
    Website: http://www.maldonnc.org.au/
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maldonnc

  • Mitcham Community House

    Mitcham Community House is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a voluntary Committee of elected community members. We offer a wide range of recreational and educational classes and social activities, childcare, playgroups, and support programs.

    We offer a variety of activities to choose from: very short courses, term classes, workshops, and social activities

    Try out our wide range of Health & Fitness classes, learn a new Language or Art skills, improve your tech skills and more. It’s a space where you can make new friends through our wide range of social activities, classes & volunteering. 

    Contact information

    Phone: 9873 4587

    Email: info@mitchamcommunityhouse.org

    Website: https://www.mitchamcommunityhouse.org/

  • Mount Eliza Neighbourhood House

    The Mount Eliza Neighbourhood House aims to be a place for community connections, community information and educational and recreational programs to enhance the well-being of Mount Eliza residents and our wider community.

    Our program offers something for all ages. Playgroups, workshops, health and wellbeing classes, community talks, art and craft, discussion groups, walking groups, languages, yoga, Pilates, community lunches, social groups, chess, computers, sustainability workshops, events, community support and fun! 

    Phone: 9787 8160
    Email: mail@mountelizanh.com.au
    Website: https://www.mountelizanh.com.au/ 

  • Mulgrave Mackie Rd Neighbourhood House

    Mackie Rd Neighbourhood House (MRNH) opened at the Wellington Reserve Community Centre, Mulgrave, on Monday 24th July 2017. The Centre is open to everyone in the community and provides a range of opportunities to learn, share skills and interests, and belong.

    Mackie Rd NH offers a range of classes to encourage social connection, and mental and physical stimulation. Whether you want to learn Italian, take a Pilates class, or practise Tai Chi, we have a variety of activities for all ages.

    Phone: 9548 3311
    Email:  info@mackierdnh.org.au
    Website: http://www.mackierdnh.org.au

    Please see our website here for a list of our courses and classes.

     To inquire about or book any of our online courses, please email info@mackierdnh.org.au, or book directly through our Classes and Courses page

    We also offer a range of social and support groups such as craft and walking groups to allow people to connect with their neighbours and surrounding community.

  • Newport Community Education Centre

    Outlets Co-op Neighbourhood House LTD

    Outlets Co-operative is a not-for-profit Neighbourhood House located in Newport, Melbourne offering various Adult Education Courses, Community and Social Support Programs. Whilst also operating an Emergency Food Relief Service and an Approved Childcare Centre. We are unique, inclusive and welcome all diverse community members. We are ‘YOUR’ centre.

    Outlets caters for all ages and demographics of the community; we support our senior members by providing a wide range of face to face and online classes.

    Phone: 9391 8504

    Email: outlets@outletsco-op.com.au

    Website: http://www.outletsco-op.com.au/

    Digital Literacy

    This class serves as a saviour to all requiring help with your new age IT Devices. Whether it be an iPhone, iPad, PC or Android. We can assist with Facebook, online shopping, setting up devices,

    Uploading, Downloading Apps, linking to MyGov, Centrelink and most importantly security and privacy. We are here to help solve your IT problems and guide you to know how you can do this at home!

    Link to see more - http://www.outletsco-op.com.au/skills-training-and-esl.html

    Art “All Mediums”

    Join this class and learn the simplicity of creating you very own masterpiece. Our class is suitable for those wanting to try painting in oils and other various mediums. Meet new people, have a cuppa and share your artistic knowledge and skills. The best thing about this class is it is suitable to all ages and all levels.  It is never too late to learn a new hobby, become the next Picasso.

    Link to see more - http://www.outletsco-op.com.au/art-and-craft.html

    Calligraphy

    Learn the art of beautifully balanced & exquisitely proportioned characters with guidance of Calligraphy teacher Stephen Wright.

    Students will explore a range of different styles, layouts, decorated letters, illumination & how to use calligraphy both artistically & practically.

    Link to see more  - http://www.outletsco-op.com.au/art-and-craft.html

    Conversational English

    Our Conversation English Class serves as a safe and intimate social setting, with our students able to share and learn together. This program takes you on many journey's to Markets, places of public Interests and participating in other workshops. Our class is catered to all culturally and linguistic diverse students of all levels, Students will gain the confidence with English speaking skills for everyday life.

    Link to see more - http://www.outletsco-op.com.au/skills-training-and-esl.html

     

  • Northcote Jika Jika Community Centre

    Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, or just want to get involved with the community, Jika offers a range of activities and classes.

    They’re run by members of the community - people like you! If you have an idea of an activity or class that you could run at the centre, call or email us, it would be great to hear about it! It could be elaborate or simple, run once a week or once a month - anything you think would be great for the community to participate in.

    Phone: 9482 5100
    Email: admin@jikajika.org.au
    Website: https://jikajika.org.au/

    Check out our Facebook page and subscribe to our colourful newsletter here.

  • Outer Eastern Suburbs

    The Community Houses Association of the Outer eastern Suburbs (CHAOS) is a network of 30 neighbourhood and community houses and centres, across the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Activities and opportunities vary between organisations, however there is a great array of free and low cost social and learning opportunities. At present we are mainly working online, with a small number of group activities by phone, with many people of all ages enjoying activities in health and wellbeing, art, technology, cooking and importantly chatting, laughing together and meeting new people.

    Members Contacts

    If you would like to find out where your local House or Centre is please call Maureen on 0409 021 055 or phone the Outer East Chatline 1800 984 825, 10 - 1pm Monday - Friday or 5pm - 7.30pm Monday to Thursday. A listing of Houses by Local Government area, contact details and links to websites is available at http://www.chaosnetwork.org.au/index.php/members

    Our Facebook page is another great way to keep up to date with our activities.

    Living our best life project

    People aged 65+ in the City of Knox who are experiencing loneliness are supported to connect with community activities via the Living our best life project.  Volunteer Community Connectors are supporting people referred by health practitioners or other service providers to join in community activities. At this stage those activities are mostly online. The project also includes two Talking Cafés.  These weekly events enable people to join either a Zoom or phone group to have a chat and hear what’s happening in the local community.  As community organisations gradually re-open people will be supported by our volunteers to safely access available activities.

    Outer East Chatline (CHAOS Network) 1800 984 825

    The chatline is exactly that, somewhere you can call for a chat Monday to Friday 10am - 1pm and Monday - Thursday 5pm - 7.30pm. We can also link you into groups and activities through your local Neighbourhood and Community House and other organisations.

    As well as calling us for a chat, we can organise for someone to call you on a regular basis.
    Calls to the Chatline are free.

  • Preston Bridge Darebin

    Bridge Darebin (Preston Neighbourhood House Inc.) is an innovative, not-for-profit community organisation based in Preston and Thornbury, serving the Darebin community since 1982. Our mission is to strengthen our community by providing social and education services to empower those who need it most. 

    We offer a number of services aimed in providing senior Victorians with social inclusion, education and access to discounted pantry essentials through Moon Rabbit Bulk Foods Collective.

    Currently, our courses for Seniors include:

    Be Connected

    In this free course for Australians age 50+, you'll gain confidence via self-paced training modules and class guidance. Learn to access the internet safely, use your device, keep in touch with others online and navigate myGov and other internet sites.

    Find out more here: https://www.bridgedarebin.org.au/course/computer-courses

    Computer Beginners

    Develop computer skills and build your confidence using the internet, email and Microsoft Office.

    Find out more here: https://www.bridgedarebin.org.au/course/computer-courses/

    English for the Workplace

    Develop your English skills in four key areas: reading, writing, conversation and pronunciation, in a social, interactive environment.

    Find out more here: https://bridgedarebin.org.au/course/english-for-the-workplace/

    In addition, our Moon Rabbit Bulk Foods Collective offers affordable, everyday pantry items in bulk - helping to achieve a plastic-free Darebin and create a more sustainable community. We're now offering a special seniors' (65+) discount of 20% off dry goods such as rice, pasta and nuts.

    Head to moonrabbit.org.au/bulk-foods-collective to find out more!

  • Reservoir Neighbourhood House

    The Reservoir Neighbourhood House is a community space where everyone is welcome to learn, get support and find friendship in the local area. Due to COVID-19 our house is closed for face to face contact. We are now running a series of a COVID Connection activities to keep our wonderful community busy and connected during this time.

    Phone: 9462 4611
    Email: admin@reservoirnh.org.au
    Website: http://reservoirnh.org.au/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Reservoir-Neighbourhood-House-456169914403744/ 

    Need IT Support? We are offering one to one support sessions for anyone who needs some help with their computer technology needs. Please call the house on 9462 4611 for more info.

    Emergency Food Relief -If you are in need of some help with food we have regular deliveries of fresh fruit/veg and pantry items to help support you.

    Check out our website http://reservoirnh.org.au/ or email admin@reservoirnh.org.au or call 03 9462 4611 or find us on Facebook for more information.

  • Richmond Community Learning Centre

    Richmond Community Learning Centre provides spaces and opportunities for people to connect, contribute and communicate. As a neighbourhood house we support a community development approach, by working closely with local people to provide a range of inclusive programs activities and events. Our aim is to create a stronger and more vibrant community.

    Phone: 9428 9901
    Email: admin@rclc.org.au 
    Website: https://rclc.org.au/ 

    Chair Yoga – Online!

    Enjoy a revitalizing chair yoga program from the comfort of your home.

    A complete chair yoga program created by Carrie from Revitalise Me Yoga. You will get access to 8, 30 minutes videos to enjoy and practice at your own desired time, place and pace. Click here to find out more

  • Rosanna Fire Station Community House

    RFSCH hold a number of classes targeted for senior participants, for example tai chi, yoga, water colours, walking group, computer skills, gentle exercises and gardening.  We also run a fortnightly friendship group, put on community lunches and participate in senior’s week. RFSCH have a volunteer program where most of our volunteers are seniors.

    Phone: 9458 1935
    Email: office@rfsch.org.au
    Website: https://www.rfsch.org.au/

    Social Facebook Group

    To keep our community connected we have set up an online Social Facebook Group for people in the Banyule and surrounding areas to support each other. Lots of people are connecting with each other in our community.

    Rosanna Fire Station Community House - Home | Facebook

    We genuinely desire that the community can soon come together, enjoy each other’s company and take part in the various activities that enrich our lives. Keep safe and healthy and please follow Government guidelines regarding social distancing and hygiene practices. We are all in this together. We look forward to seeing you all back for face to face programs once it is safe to do so.

  • Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre

    The Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation which has been a focal point for community involvement, social networking & lifelong learning opportunities since 1995.

    The Neighbourhood Learning Centre runs a variety of programs and is dedicated to the provision of high quality, financially accessible services and educational programs in a welcoming and respectful environment, which encourages participation, sharing, growth & learning.

    Phone: 9764 1166
    Email: manager@rowvillenlc.org.au
    Website: https://www.rowvillenlc.org.au/index.php/en/

  • Torquay Community House

    Torquay Community House is committed to the provision of a welcoming environment in which the development and enrichment of the lives of the people in the local communities are facilitated.

    After a modest beginning, Spring Creek Community House developed into a thriving community hub and is now in its second decade. In November 2018 the Community House celebrated its 25th Anniversary and changed its name to Torquay Community House. A small, dedicated group recognised the need to develop community consciousness and a focal point for community development in Torquay and surrounds. In 1996 Spring Creek Community House developed a community newsletter ‘Springboard’ which is now distributed to over 6000 households and drop-off points by hand and via email. 

    Phone: 5261 2583

    Email: Administration@torquaycommunityhouse.org.au

    Website: http://www.torquaycommunityhouse.org.au/

  • Whittlesea Community House

    Whittlesea Community House Inc. (WCH) is committed to providing education, information, community groups and recreation for the township and surrounding areas.

    WCH is managed by a committee with representatives from local community groups.
    Whittlesea Community House offers a diverse range of education and training through various classes, short courses and workshops throughout the year.

    Phone: 9716 3361
    Email: info@wchi.com.au
    Website: http://wchi.com.au/

    Here at Whittlesea Community House we have a range of regular activities which seniors (and juniors) can enjoy!  We have been working hard to get as many of our activities as possible into an online format and with this in mind have had many of our team trained as digital mentors.  This allows us to provide one on one assistance to anyone who is digitally challenged and not able to participate.

    See what courses are currently running.

    Please contact us by phone or email for more information or to register for any activities.