Neighbourhood House Philosophy
Neighbourhood Houses work within a community development framework. Houses and centres do not seek to do for others but to empower others to do for themselves. Members are encouraged to be actively involved in decision making and to have ownership of the programs and activities in their hous or centre.
Neighbourhood Houses actively work to redress structural disadvantages through their philosophy, pronciples and practices. They are inclusive and supportive of people from diverse backgrounds and with varying abilities.
History of Neighbourhood Houses
Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres were first established in Victoria in the early 1970s. The movement grew from the grass roots out of local community need, particularly the isolation of women in the community, with vision to bring people together and enhance the opportunities of people and communities.