DELIVERING MORE NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSES ACROSS VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government’s record boost for Victoria’s neighbourhood houses means even more opportunities for locals to foster connections in Mernda and Doreen, learn new skills and boost their health and wellbeing.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green today announced the new Mernda Community House will be located at 2 Heals Road, Mernda and will be managed by Whittlesea Community Connections.

The new Mernda house is just 1 of 27 additional neighbourhood houses funded by the Andrews Labor Government, through the Neighbourhood Houses Coordination Program.

In total, the new funding will support 16 brand new houses and 11 houses that will receive Neighbourhood House Coordination Program funding for the first time.

Each of these neighbourhood houses will receive funding for up to 25 coordination hours per week, which is estimated to deliver up to 50 hours of activities and programs per week for their local community.

Neighbourhood houses provide their communities with a place to come together and access vital employment, training and volunteering opportunities.

This includes things like language classes, computer tutoring, health and wellbeing activities, life skills lessons, self-help groups and occasional childcare.

The Labor Government announced a record $21.8 million over four years to boost its Neighbourhood House Coordination Program in the Victorian Budget 2018/19, which has led to an increase in coordination hours for 162 houses – the biggest ever boost of its kind.

This investment has also delivered an extra 4,800 funded hours of support and advice so individual houses can learn how best to run their services.

One-time grants of up to $30,000 have also been made available for houses wishing to upgrade their buildings to make them more accessible, as well as grants of up to $10,000 for minor works, equipment and ICT upgrades. These grants will be announced in coming weeks.

In total, the Labor Government funds more than 400 neighbourhood houses across the state, supporting almost 200,000 Victorians each week who visit a house or use their services. For more information, visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/neighbourhood-house-coordination-program.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“More neighbourhood houses mean more support for Victorians to do the things they enjoy and care about.”

 “Building local connections is important to people and that’s why we’ve invested $21.8 million in neighbourhood houses right across the state – almost eight times more than the previous Liberal Government.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“We are very excited that the Mernda Community House was successfully chosen to receive more funding and support.”

 “This investment by the Andrews Labor Government will help us deliver a welcoming space where members of the community can access learning opportunities and skills development.”

Quotes attributable to Neighbourhood Houses CEO Nicole Battle

 “We’re thrilled the Victorian Government is backing neighbourhood houses to thrive and provide more Victorians with the vital services, support and learning opportunities they need to participate in their local community.”