Neighbourhood houses are not-for-profit centres where people of all abilities, backgrounds and ages can come to:
- Meet, talk and make friends
- Develop new skills
- Transition to work and further study
- Become involved in community events
- Find out about other services or activities in the area
- Join a class or support group
- Take up an activity for fun and enjoyment
Neighbourhood houses usually operate with income from low-cost activities and input from volunteers. Funding from other areas, including government grants, help the houses to provide a range of activities for their communities.
There are over 350 neighbourhood houses across Victoria funded by the Victorian Government through the 'Neighbourhood House Coordination Program'.
The project’s neighbourhood houses are funded to support the engagement of a coordinator. Neighbourhood houses can also use the funds for community programs. Occasionally, one-off grants to fund capital works are made available.
Find out more about neighbourhood houses:
- Read more about how the Victorian government is supporting neighbourhood house projects
- Learn how neighbourhood houses are helping people connect and find work
- Are you a Victorian Government funded neighbourhood house? Visit the neighbourhood house resource centre for guidelines, report templates, publications and other information.
- Visit the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres (ANHLC) (opens in new browser) to find a neighbourhood house near you.