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WHAT WE DO

Neighbourhood House Networks are funded through the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program (NHCP) to provide the following services to neighbourhood houses in their Network:

  • Governance and management support to committees and staff

  • Advice on neighbourhood house programs and activity development

  • Training and training resources

  • Capacity building and links, with and between Neighbourhood Houses and other community organisations and the local and regional level

The Network is governed by a Committee of Governance, and employs a Network Coordinator for 19 hours/week.

As well as providing the above services, the UMRNHN actively seeks funding to deliver Network-wide projects that will build the capacity of our members to work in emerging priority areas, such as the reduction of loneliness and isolation, and building community resilience.

Networks also play a strategic role at a state level. Network Coordinators meet regularly with our peak body, Neighbourhood Houses Victoria, to contribute to strategies for the whole sector.

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ADVICE AND SUPPORT

We provide:

  • General governance and operational advice and support

  • Governance orientation, training and support

  • Orientation and support for new Coordinators

  • Strategic and risk planning

  • Regular Chair Forums

  • Professional development

  • Monthly newsletter

  • Financial Health Checks

ADVOCACY AND COLLABORATION

  • Highlighting issues that impact neighbourhood house sustainability

  • Gathering data that demonstrates neighbourhood house impact

  • Promoting the activity of members through the Network website, social media, and newsletter 

  • Raising awareness of neighbourhood houses as key community assets

  • Developing strategic partnerships

NETWORK-WIDE PROJECTS

  • Behind the Scenes at the neighbourhood house - gambling harm reduction project

  • Enabling Communities: from the heart of the community - bushfire recovery project

  • Connecting Community in Upper Hume Pilot - social prescribing project

  • Hume Social Enterprise Network - support for social enterprises in Hume Region

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