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    • Localising the SDG's

      Over the past few months you may have noticed us talking about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. On Wednesday 9th of September we a launching a monthly webinar each focusing on one of the 17 goals. The first goal we are discussing is number 3, Good Health and Well-being which is particularly pertinent given the current climate and increasing levels of loneliness. The first two webinars are available for registration now SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being 9 September 1pm AEST SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities 30 September 2pm AEST

    • Looking to the Future: A Post COVID World

      Watch the Zoom here Almost overnight, neighbourhood houses were forced to transform their service model in response to the coronavirus pandemic. From developing working from home arrangements and moving classes online, to takeaway food deliveries, and embracing new technologies as a way of staying connected to communities – it has been a steep, yet highly beneficial learning curve. It’s forced our sector out of its comfort zone by pushing us to experiment, develop and innovate. As we start to re-open, a new normal arises. It’s time to look to the future, taking in all we’ve experienced in the last three months, and how we can apply it moving forward. This session with Strategic Futurist Marcus Barber will challenge you to consider the bigger picture and how your organisation can navigate and thrive in a post COVID world.

    • Bushfire Relief Fund Recipients

      In November of 2019, communities across Queensland and NSW were devastated by catastrophic bushfires. Houses and centres in impacted areas worked tirelessly to provide services to people who had lost or were unable to access their homes. Once again, houses and centres demonstrated the crucial role we play in supporting our communities in times of crisis and in assisting our community in recovery during the aftermath of disaster. To offer our solidarity, in the final week of November, Australian Neighbourhood Houses & Centres led a national campaign, encouraging houses and centres across Australia to host a fundraising events/ initiatives, to support communities impacted by the Queensland and New South Wales fires. In response to this our nation-wide sector came together to raise $10,000 in support of houses and centres in affected areas. Thank you for your incredible work to strengthen community resilience and assist in recovery. The centres that will receive these necessary funds are; Uralla Neighbourhood Centre Eden Community Access Centre Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood Centre Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre

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    • Reduced Inequalities | ANHCA

      Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal Goal 10 aims to reduce inequalities within and among countries. Inequalities can be based on myriad of determinants; income, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and opportunity. When individuals are excluded, it impacts upon long-term social and economic development, harms poverty reduction and destroys people's sense of fulfillment and self-worth. We cannot achieve sustainable development and improve the planet for all when people are excluded from opportunities and services. Why it Matters Australia has seen the biggest fall in living standards in 30 years <1% The lowest 20% of households owned less than 1% of all household wealth The children of families at the bottom of the income ladder have little chance of moving upward What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing At the heart of what Neighbourhood houses and centres aim to do is to reduce inequalities that persist within the community. Whilst it will take a collective movement, supported by all aspects of society, Houses/ Centres address these inequalities in the community by offering services and programs which provide people with the building blocks to overcome these inequalities. Some of these programs/ services include; Volunteer skills bank/ Volunteer matching Tutoring Resume services Public computer and internet access Emergency relief Disaster relief Community Advocacy ​ At a local, state and national level, Community and Neighbourhood Houses & Centres lobby governments in community advocacy, such as the Raise the Rate Campaign to reduce inequalities. Our Targets

    • Climate Action | ANHCA

      Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal The goal is to take urgent and necessary action to tackle climate change and its impacts. As greenhouse gas levels continue to climb, climate change is occurring at much higher rates than anticipated, and its effects are evident worldwide. By addressing climate change, we can build a sustain-able world for everyone. We need to act now. We are already seeing how climate change can exacerbate storms and disasters, and threats such as food and water scarcity. In Australia, we are seeing the impact of climate change, with longer droughts, worse fire seasons, and coral bleaching. Australians are extremely dependent on the climate for our economic growth, from tourism to farming and agricultural. If climate change goes unchecked it will have devastating implications for not only us but the rest of the world. Why it Matters Australia is experiencing longer and more extreme droughts Australia has one of the highest per capita of carbon dioxide in the world 30% of the Great Barrier Reef is dead after 2016 bleaching What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres work to tackle climate action through incorporating sustainable practices into their everyday operations. ​ Many of our houses and centres are the main community organisation operating in natural disasters, strengthening community resilience and providing much needed support. For example in the 2019/2020 fires, Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood House held regular community meetings to keep the people informed and offer support for those who had lost loved ones and homes. ​ At a local, state and national level, to build community resilience for the recent fires, many houses and centres held a community morning tea or lunch to raise funds for the impacted houses/ centres. Together we raised over $10,000. Our Targets

    • Responsible Consumption & Production | ANHCA

      Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal Goal 12 aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns to reduce environmental degradation. If we do not act to change our consumption and production patterns, we will cause irreversible dam-age to our environment. There are many aspects of consumption that with simple changes can have a big impact on society as a whole. For example, about one third of the food produced for human consumption each year is lost or wasted. Not only with responsible consumption and production can we reduce our environmental impact but we can divert wasted resources to where they are needed most. By recycling and donating clothing we reduce the amount of water used to make garments and stop them going to landfill while simultaneously reducing poverty. Why it Matters 3 planets In 2050, almost 3 planets are required to sustain current lifestyles. $1 trillion worth of food ends up in bins - one third of all food produced 0.5% of the worlds water is accessible and drinkable for people What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres work towards promoting responsible consumption and product through partnering with food saving companies such as Second Bite, to redistribute perfectly good food that would have gone to landfill to families in need. Some houses and centres also offer fix it services, where people can take broken items to be fixed by members of the House/ Centre, instead of buying a new item. By promoting responsible consumption and production we also minimise poverty within the community. Our Targets

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