ABOUT THE UMR NETWORK
Upper Murray Regional Neighbourhood House Network (UMRNHN) is one of 16 networks representing neighbourhood houses and learning centres across regional and metropolitan Victoria. The Networks provide management and operational support and resources to the member houses and centres. This includes personalised support to Committees of Management/Governance, staff and volunteers. Networks also have a facilitative role, enabling their members to participate in broader community development strategies.
In the Upper Murray Region there are 16 neighbourhood houses and centres across six Local Government Areas, within the Shires of Indigo, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Moira, Alpine, Towong. These municipalities incorporate regional centres or towns, semi-rural and rural areas.
Click here for the full list of neighbourhood houses and learning centres in the Upper Murray Region.
UMRNHN receives Neighbourhood House Coordination Program (NHCP) funding from Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and from this employs a Network Coordinator for 19 hours/week.
Like other Neighbourhood House Networks, UMRNHN is governed by a volunteer committee drawn from Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres across the Network. The Committee meets at least four times a year, with ongoing communication and meetings between the Network Coordinator and the Chair.
UMRNHN is an incorporated association under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic). The Constitution reflects the Model Rules, and can be found here.
The current Strategic Plan covers the three years from 2018 to 2020.
The four strategic goals for 2018-2020 are:
Building the capacity of our members through relevant, quality professional development and networking
Raising the profile of members through effective lobbying and relationships
Providing ongoing governance training and support for members
Ensuring financial sustainability for the Network
The plan provides a long term view for the Upper Murray Regional Neighbourhood House Network, and provides a framework for the Network Coordinator to achieve the core purpose of the Network, which is:
Advocating for each other and our Houses
The plan also provides a useful framework for members to use for their own strategic planning. You can download a copy of the Strategic Plan here.
Memberships and partnerships
The Network is a member of the Central Hume Primary Care Partnership and Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership. These memberships are important to the work of our members in improving the health and wellbeing of local communities. The PCPs enable collaboration and partnerships to deliver programs that respond to multiple complex health and wellbeing challenges. You can read more about how Central Hume PCP initiatives have improved health and wellbeing outcomes for our communities here.