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, as well as 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 15 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 current plan has four strategic pillars:
Lobbying and relationships
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.
The Network holds member meetings three times each year. Meetings are hosted by Neighbourhood Houses in different parts of the Upper Murray region. In recognition of the distances members must travel, every effort is made to spread meetings evenly around the region. Network meetings are a great way for members to share good practice and ideas, discuss challenges and develop constructive actions, participate in professional development, and discuss key issues for the sector and communities.
2019 will continue the stronger focus on professional development for Coordinators and Committee members. The calendar can be found here.
The Network releases a quarterly newsletter (end of March, June, September and November) which highlights member activity, as well as providing useful information and resources to coordinators and committees. There is a special section on governance, which we encourage committees to distribute to all members for discussion.