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."