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Love this new NH promo video!

May 22, 2019

NHVic have developed a new promotional video showing many of the great things that Neighbourhood Houses do. Take a look here!

Heritage Vic grant restores old church

April 14, 2019

Beechworth's Methodist Church is being restored thanks to a $55,000 grant from Heritage Victoria. Built in 1857, the building was the first permanent church on the Ovens goldfields. 

 

Today, the building is home to Quercus Beechworth, and used as a community hub. Hear more about it in this interview with Jude Doughty, manager at Quercus.

Making connections through the Yack Pack

April 14, 2019

David Thorpe, manager of the Yackandandah Community Centre, has been busy developing a new website and community services guide for YCC. The services guide, called the Yack Pack, was a project that had begun prior to David taking on the role. "The bones of the idea were there but, as you will appreciate, the devil is in the detail," David said.

The initial idea was to have the Yack Pack printed, but it became clear that it would be more useful to everyone if it was in a digital format. The YCC committee employed a person to collect the information about services organisations, sporting clubs, arts, cultural and social organisations, schools, churches, bus and taxi services, volunteer opportunities, emergency organisation and local council information.

At the same time, the YCC website was being redeveloped to provide the platform for the Yack Pack. It is now much more modern and user-friendly, providing a professional launching place for the Yack Pack and Events Calendar. 

Chiltern community successful with new Neighbourhood House

April 14, 2019

Welcome to our new Neighbourhood House at Chiltern, and Coordinator Maree Murphy!

Chiltern Neighbourhood House is auspiced by Indigo North Health (INH), and was funded in last year's  $22M funding boost from the Victorian Government. The NH is located in the old Chiltern Bush Hospital, along with INH. The hospital is dear to the hearts of the community of Chiltern, and the application to become a new neighbourhood house was well supported by the town.

 

Since opening, Chiltern NH has really been kicking goals, delivering training programs, and setting up community groups, including a Toy Library. "We've formed a partnership with The Centre in Wangaratta to deliver some certificate courses, and we've also done First Aid and CPR training," said Maree Murphy, Coordinator. "The response from the community has been very positive and supportive, with courses and programs filling well." 

Maree has been with INH for 8 years, initially as an Allied Health Assistant then she took on the additional role of Volunteer Coordinator for about 100 volunteers including Mens Shed, an Op Shop, Community Transport & Residential Aged Care.  As well as continuing as the Volunteer Coordinator, she is also the new Chiltern NH Coordinator.

 

"When the crisis point came and the Chiltern Campus looked like it might close, we applied for and received funding to start a Neighbourhood House as part of our services," said Maree. "I then finished up my Allied Health Assistance role and have continued on as Volunteer Coordinator and now also Neighbourhood House Coordinator. 

 

"I grew up in Chiltern, left, and then after 19 years away returned with a husband and 2 children.  I have family in Chiltern and am passionate about the community and opportunities for everyone to be involved in something they love or would love to learn, and promotion of social inclusion.

 

"I am so grateful to have been offered the role of Neighbourhood House Coordinator and am very excited for the future."

NHVic visit to Upper Murray

April 03, 2018

New NHVic CEO, Nicole Battle, and Board President, Greg Ferrington, spent the day visiting Upper Murray. 

"We went to Open Door Neighbourhood House, King Valley Learning Exchange and Quercus Beechworth," said Network Coordinator, Trish Curtis. "We also met with David from Yackandandah Community Centre and some of the volunteers and Men's Shed participants out at KVLE."

"It was great to visit such a diverse range of Houses," said Nicole. "We want to know what our members expect of NHVic, and what they would like to see us doing going forward.

 

"We've come away from today with lots of ideas and feedback. We have heard from those we met that NHVic has been a bit city-centric, so we are very keen to reconnect with the rural and regional members."

Wang Houses on the campaign trail

March 27, 2018

Pangerang Community House and Open Door Neighbourhood House have been making their pitch for more funding to local MP, Tim McCurdy.

"We were able to talk about the NHVic campaign and highlight the issues around funding not keeping up with increasing expenses," said Loretta Waters. 

"This campaign is well-timed to raise awareness of all that neighbourhood houses do," said Mr McCurdy, "and I'm confident that in an election year, it will be heard."

Social Media workshop a hit

March 12, 2018

The new format for UMR Network meetings seems to have gone down well with participants.

"Including professional development as part of our Network meetings is a message that came through at our November meeting," said Jude Doughty. "The new format worked well for me, and the social media workshop was excellent."

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