Also commonly known as community centres, learning centres, community houses or neighbourhood centres, these inclusive community-based organisations welcome people of all ages, abilities and walks of life, creating opportunities for people to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make.
There are over 400 Neighbourhood Houses across Victoria, but no two Neighbourhood Houses are ever the same. Guided by a community development approach, they each engage and respond to the needs and priorities of the communities they serve.
Community advocacy is also an essential role of Neighbourhood Houses. Often, they will advocate to their local council, MPs and other relevant bodies on issues of importance to their local communities.
Neighbourhood Houses have a significant and meaningful impact on the individual lives of everyday Victorians and hundreds of local communities across the state.
Neighbourhood Houses bring people within the local area together to meet, socialise, and mobilise to achieve positive community outcomes. They strengthen community spirit, pride and connection.
Neighbourhood Houses combat social isolation and loneliness by being accessible, non-threatening and inclusive spaces that welcome people from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender, ability or economic status. They allow people to mix, learn from each other, and support each other.
Many Neighbourhood Houses are also involved in community partnerships with other local service providers, small businesses, and community groups to maximise their impact and form stronger connections within the local community.