A quick guide to Neighbourhood Houses

  • The Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres (ANHLC) is the peak body for the Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre sector in Victoria.
  • Neighbourhood Houses bring people together to “connect, learn and contribute in their local community” through social, educational, recreational and community development activities.
  • The focus is on community development and enabling communities to identify and address their own needs.
  • This fits well with the emergency management sector’s shared vision to build safer and more resilient communities.
  • There are around 400 Neighbourhood Houses across the state with approximately 50% in metropolitan area, and the other 50% in remote rural and regional Victoria.
  • Neighbourhood Houses across all locations reflect the various communities they are in. This diversity is also reflected in their names which include:

–       Neighbourhood House

–       Community House

–       Learning Centre

–       Living and Learning Centre

–       Neighbourhood Centre

–       Community Centre

  • According to a recent survey conducted in 2014 168,000 people visit a Neighbourhood House in a week. That’s 24,000 people a day.
  • Some of the reasons people visit a Neighbourhood House include:

–       Improve their health and well being

–       Affordable childcare

–       Accredited training and education

–       Opportunity to participate, learn and volunteer

–       Social engagement and getting to know their neighbours and communities.

–       Volunteering opportunities