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  • Grants | Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

    Previous recipients of the Supporting Strong Communities Grants We are proud to partner with Sidney Myer Fund to provide the Supporting Stronger Communities grants program . ​ Over 100 neighbourhood houses/centres across Australia have received up to $10,000 each for projects which tackle poverty and disadvantage in local communities. ​ Here you will information about our previous recipient projects: ​ Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12 Round 13 Round 14 Round 1, 2019 Friday Food Club – Cheltenham Community Centre VIC – $10,000 Friday Food Club is a program specifically targeting disadvantaged groups, that is, over 55s who are in social housing and at risk or experiencing social isolation; underemployed with mental health challenges; and people who are homeless. The program will engage people in these cohorts to come and cook a hot meal together and also cook a meal for people that are homeless. It will provide skills in cooking, health and nutrition, socialisation, community participation, connectedness, and thinking about others. Somali Young Women’s Art Project – Canterbury City Community Centre NSW – $10,000 The aim of Somali Young Women’s Art Project is to improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of young women aged 13-19 from Somalia and other North African communities living in the Canterbury Bankstown area. Many of these young women arrived here as refugees or were born in Australia to parents who arrived as refugees and are struggling through their adolescent years – reconciling their traditional family cultural expectations with growing up in Sydney, leading to increased conflict at home. To engage this group and address the above issues, Canterbury City Community Centre will run a 20 week creative arts program. Men’s Building Better Lives Program – Logan East Community Neighbourhood Association QLD – $10,000 The Men’s Building Better Lives program will address the importance of men connecting with each other and teach them strategies to improve and change the way they might act and communicate with others, including parenting skills. Creative Enterprising Women – Wellsprings for Women VIC – $10,000 Creative Enterprising Women involves migrant and refugee women with low levels of English and educational backgrounds who seek financial security, in workshops where they build confidence and get access to income generating pathways. During the workshops the women get to document their existing skills and talents through a skills audit, explore available possibilities for generating income, develop a goal plan and learn about the pathways to micro-businesses, self employment, social enterprises, and other programs. Moon Rabbit Mobile Bulk Foods – The Bridge Preston VIC – $10,000 To address food insecurity in Preston, The Bridge will set up a Mobile Bulk Food Co-Op. The Preston 2016 SEIFA index is 994 – high disadvantage. The three key components of food insecurity are inadequate supply, inaccessibility and inappropriate use. This project addresses all three. Vulnerable community members will buy food at a reduced price, without plastic packaging, in appropriate volumes, with cooking demonstrations and recipes. Moon Rabbit Mobile Bulk Foods, the first mobile bulk food Co-Op in Melbourne creates increased social capital and wellbeing. It will provide savings, social connectivity and healthy food for the most disadvantaged in the Darebin community. Table of Plenty – Greenacre Area Community Centre NSW – $10,000 Table of Plenty will provide fortnightly lunches, material support and living skills to disadvantaged and vulnerable community members including recently arrived migrants and refugees, people affected by mental health and social housing tenants. The program will provide a cooked nutritious communal lunch, food parcels and skills in preparing low cost nutritious meals, and will link participants with services to reduce poverty, as food is one of the first items to be sacrificed when people experience poverty. FREE – Financial Resilience Empowerment & Education – The Spiers Centre WA – $10,000 The FREE (Financial Resilience Empowerment and Education) program aims to enhance the engagement of Aboriginal people in activities that promote strength, resilience and wellbeing. The community partners engaged in this project have the capacity, experience and commitment to train and support identified community leaders and elders to support their communities in furthering their financial literacy and capability. Kenley Court Neighbourhood House Client Support – Banksia Gardens Community Services VIC – $10,000 Banksia Garden Community Services manages the Kenley Court Neighbourhood House located in Meadow Heights, one of the most disadvantaged suburbs in Hume City Council on Melbourne’s northern fringe. Kenley Court delivers programs for the local community including its successful after-school Study Group primarily targeted at refugee and newly arrived migrant children and young people. A dedicated client support service will help refugees, migrants and other disadvantaged residents take the necessary steps to improve their financial and personal circumstances. SKCC Holiday Clubs – The South Kingsville Community Centre VIC – $5,000 This project will provide a series of holiday programs for children and young adults from disadvantaged cohorts. These programs include a combination of life skills, education, arts and social inclusion. An example program involves art using recyclable materials. The participants explore the work of artists like Jane Perkins and Jason Mecier then recreate their own versions of artwork. Other program types include cooking classes and coding computer classes to aid life skills and education. The centre aims to run at least two programs every school holidays. All Girls are Knockouts – Laverton Community Integrated Services VIC – $10,000 Laverton Community Integrated Services in partnership with the Laverton Youth Foundation and Laverton Boxing Gym will run a female youth program targeting the young CALD women who reside within the Hobsons Bay and Wyndham municipalities. The project will teach Women’s Safety and focus on empowerment, self-defence, fitness, assertiveness, social media/ sexting and online safety. Community Outreach Officer – Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre Inc VIC – $10,000 This project will employ a Community Outreach Officer (COO) dedicated to engaging with new clients who would access the centre’s free and low cost community programs. Specifically, the COO would target those who are disadvantaged by social isolation, age, ESL, and those who face financial barriers to participation. The COO would also establish relationships with external services, such as Job Service Agencies (JSAs), to promote and support participants enrolling in our pre-accredited training programs. They would liaise with the JSAs to develop courses that meet the needs of the unemployed, and give them the skills required for meaningful employment. Seeds for Change – Ottoway Takes Action on Climate Change – Junction Community Centre Inc SA – $10,000 Ottoway has the capacity to show how neighbourhoods can affordably green and cool our streets and gardens, foster friendships and create habitat for local flora and fauna. The Seeds for Change initiative invites neighbours to a series of free spring and summer propagation workshops where they share skills and nurture native, drought tolerant species to be planted throughout winter in residents’ front gardens and verges. This place-making activity shows how local action can transform lives and communities. It is hands on and lends itself to intergenerational and intercultural involvement that honours Indigenous culture. Strengthening Women Program – Yangebup Family Centre Inc WA – $8,465 This program will deliver eight workshops to support women who are disadvantaged to develop self-esteem, self-care, resilience and employment skills. Following the conclusion of the workshops we will hold individual meetings with participants to identify strengths and opportunities to volunteer or gain work experience in the community. ​ ​

  • About Us | Australian Neighbour

    About Us Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) is the national peak body for neighbourhood houses and community centres in Australia. We represent over 1000 houses and centres around Australia. With a vision for strong local communities, ANCHA represents over 1000 Neighbourhood Houses/Centres across all of Australia. This is the generic name used for centres nationally known by a variety of names including Community Houses, Learning Centres, and Community Centres. Each of these are member organisations of their state peak representative bodies. ANHCA is committed to the development of place based solutions to meet the economic, social and civic opportunities and challenges that are currently facing Australian communities. To achieve this, ANHCA works to support the evolution of strong local communities through the empowerment of engaged local leaders and the creation of community partnerships. Each week, over 406,000 people visit a Neighbourhood or Community House or Centre in Australia. With unparalleled reach into local communities, we strengthen the foundations of communities to enable people and their families to thrive. Houses and centres are located in some of the most geographically isolated and disadvantaged communities in Australia and work with their communities to identify needs and facilitate local opportunities. This approach underpins the very core of what our sector offers as places where people from all walks of life, age, ability, race and gender come together to connect, learn, create, celebrate and contribute. ​ ​ Our purpose ​ To contribute to national policy and issues of common interest to the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia To promote and strengthen the national identity of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia To enhance the quality, skills and knowledge of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia To support the activity and work of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia

  • Zero Hunger | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal About To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages is important to building prosperous societies. Concerted efforts are required to achieve universal health coverage and sustainable financing for health; address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, tackle antimicrobial resistance and environmental factors contributing to ill health. Why it Matters 4 million are facing food insecurity each year Key to other goals Achieving Zero Hunger is the first step to reaching other goals 60% of people on Youth Allowance live below the poverty line Why What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Tackling hunger is at the core of many Neighbourhood houses and centres do, with many working hard within their communities to alleviate food insecurity. ​ Across our houses you will typically see food parcels being available to members of the community, cheap healthy and nutritious lunches that bring the community together, and community gardens that teaches how to grow sustainable and healthy food. To ensure that our programs are accessible to everyone many of Houses/ Centres will deliver food parcels to vulnerable people. ​ ​ Targets What Localising the SDGs Zero Hunger Speakers David McNamara; CEO of Foodbank Victoria Mitchell Bowden; Manager of Engagement and Impact at Child, Family Community Australia ​ Houses/ centres Sussan Kin; (Manager) at Frank Konecny Community Centre Sarah Smith (Manager);The Murray Bridge Community Centre in Michael Higgins (Manager); Geeveston Community Centre in Tasmania Debra Crompton (CEO); Mount Gravatt Community Centre Greg Thompson (Manager); Philip Island Community and Learning Centre Tracey Zani (Manager); Westside Community Centre Our Targets

  • Advocacy | Australian Neighbour

    Advocacy 2022 Federal Election - the issues that matter to our communities ​ For the Federal election, climate change was the leading issue for people who participate, work or volunteer at Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres across Australia, according to a poll we conducted throughout March 2022. We asked people to choose their top 5 priorities from a list of national issues. In the two weeks the survey was conducted, the poll received 1,388 responses. This included participants across 470 postcodes and impressively, includes representation of 122 of the 151 federal electorates. ​ The top 5 issues were consistent across every state. These were, in order of priority: Climate Change Housing and Homelessness Cost of Living Health Services and Infrastructure Loneliness, Social Isolation and Mental Health ​ ​ Advocating for DGR status The Federal Government is proposing a new deductible gift recipient (DGR) for Men’s and Women’s Shed. While we absolutely support this, we see no reason why Neighbourhood Houses/Centres should not receive the same recognition. We have lodged a submission to the treasury on behalf of our members to extend the Draft Bill to include ANHCA, its peak body members and neighbourhood houses and centres across Australia. Similar to Men’s and Women’s Sheds, our houses/ centres provide: mental health support to the community prevention of or relief from social isolation a physical location for the community to support individuals undertaking activities and projects ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Adequacy of Newstart and other welfare payments In response to a Senate Inquiry, in September 3019, we submitted our calls for: ​ an immediate $75 per week income to the single rate of allowances including Newstart an immediate 30% increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance the establishment of an independent expert panel to set future rates for pensions and allowances the inclusion of a wage-based component in determining future indexation the regular review of rates by the independent expert panel replacing Family Tax Benefit part B for single parents with a supplement that increases as children grow Read our Submission Read the report Read our Submission

  • Climate Action | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets Abou 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 Why 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. What Our Targets Targets

  • Neighbourhood House Week | ANHCA

    Neighbourhood House Week Neighbourhood House Week, happening across Australia in the second full week of May each year, is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the role of over 1,000 Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres. In New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia, it is referred to as Neighbourhood Centre Week, and in South Australia it is referred to as Community Centre Week. ​ This year will be celebrated from 13 to 19 M ay 2024 , and the theme is 'Stronger Together'. ​ Celebrate Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres (NCHC) Week with the empowering theme "Stronger Together"! This week is a tribute to the incredible strength that blossoms when diverse individuals unite for a common purpose. As Helen Keller wisely said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres (NCHCs) all throughout Australia are the heart of the local community. We strive to embody the essence of togetherness. We bring people from all walks of life together to connect, learn, and play. Through collaborative initiatives, inclusive programs, and shared spaces, we cultivate an environment where every voice is heard, every story is valued, and every member contributes to the vibrant mosaic of our shared community. This week, join us in simple acts of togetherness—whether it's a shared meal, a collaborative project, or just a friendly chat. Together, we'll explore the incredible strength that emerges when we stand side by side. Let's celebrate community, weaving stronger bonds that make our neighborhood a wonderous place to call home! ​ ​ Different Resource Packs have been created for each state. Please ensure you choose the pack appropriate for your state as provided with the icons below.​​ ​ Note: The links will take you to Google Drive, where you can download a zipped folder containing the Resource Pack for your state. News South Wales Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia Included in the pack As well as the logo and state specific social media tiles, each pack contains the following resources, branded for Houses, Centres or Community Centres: I Love ... sign Give your members, guests, and event participants the opportunity to express why your House / Centre is important to them. Editable Weekly Schedule Promote your NHW events using the editable poster. Editable Poster/Flyer Promote your NHW event using the editable poster/flyer. Photo Frame Template Add in your photos from NHW with this photo frame to share.

  • Quality Education | ANHCA

    About the goal Why it matters What we are doing Our targets About the Goal About Quality education is a crucial element of the Sustainable Development Goals, as it improves the overall quality of life and is important in securing a successful future. Ensuring that quality education is accessible for is a major factor of achieving this goal as many people are left out of the mainstream system in Australia. Additionally, promoting lifelong learning will ​ Australia's adult literacy and numeracy rates pose a significant problem. Results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) indicate that many Australians have literacy skills that are at a level that makes them vulnerable to unemployment and social exclusion. “We need a national lifelong learning policy that includes an adult literacy strategy, in order to create a fairer and more equitable Australia" ​ Why it Matters Young people who fail to finish high school face the prospect of long term poverty 1 in 3 1 in 3 Australians struggles to find and keep work because of low literacy 60% of young people from low socio economic backgrounds don't complete high school Why What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres are working with Learn Local and other partners to target those who have been left out of the education system. We attract unemployed adults looking to up-skill, early school leavers who were disenchanted by the mainstream education system, new migrants who are looking to build their language skills, older Australians who want to learn digital skills, and people with disabilities looking for a safe and positive environment. By supporting people through education we are helping them find further education, employment, a sense of belonging and social connection. All of which is invaluable. ​ Maleny Flexi School , run by Maleny Neighbourhood House, exemplifies this, supporting over 30 students who engage in different aspects of vocational development training along with the basic subjects of English and Maths. The students of Maleny Flexi School feel they belong. It is a place where they can complete their studies at their own pace and engage in activities that will assist them in vocational development. For some students the smaller school community at Flexi is a lot less daunting than the larger high school community What Our Targets Targets

  • Other helpful resources | Australian Neighbour

    Other Helpful Resources Disability Support Pension - DSP DSP is a Centrelink payment for people who have a medical or psycho-social condition, or intellectual disability, that limits their ability to work. This document contains details on eligibility, application submission requirements and more. Disability Support Pension FACTSHEET ​ NFP Bookkeepers and Accountants The purpose of this e-book is to assist bookkeepers and accountants new to NFPs in preparing accurate accounting records. It will also ensure that your accounts will be audit ready with the minimum amount of effort. Tips from the Auditor for NFP Bookkeepers and Accountants

  • ANHCA Public Fund for DGR

    About the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR ANHCA Public Fund for DGR can support your Neighbourhood House/Centre to receive tax deductible donations and project funding from philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations. ​ The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR (deductible gift recipient) is a vehicle Neighbourhood Houses/Centres can use to accept tax deductible donations ($20 or over) or apply for grants from philanthropic foundations/trusts and corporations requiring DGR tax status. It is overseen by the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) Inc. ANHCA is listed by name as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 1 Jul 2013. ​ It is covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. This ensures donations of $20 or more to the ANHCA Public Fund are tax deductible. ​ Find out how to apply to receive tax deductible donations here Find out how to apply for a grant that requires DGR status here

  • Information for Donors | Australian Neighbour

    Information for Donors Thank you for your interest in making a tax deductible donation to a Neighbourhood or Community House/Centre. The following information outlines some details about the Public Fund and how you can make a donation to your local Neighbourhood House or Centre. What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? How can I donate to Neighourhood House/ Centre? Can we specify which Neighbourhood House/ Centre the gift will benefit? Does the ANHCA Public Fund take a commisson on donations? Who oversees how funds are used? What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR The Australian Treasury granted special listing in tax legislation to ANHCA to establish and operate a Public Fund to coordinate the national fundraising activities of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres. ANHCA is legally able to direct funds to other entities to support the activity and work of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres throughout Australia, as outlined in our statement of purposes. The listing of the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association Inc (ANHCA) as Item 1 DGR in Division 30, section 30-45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 ens ures donations of $2* or more to the ANHCA Public Fund are tax deductible. Due to the limited resources of ANHCA we are unable to issue receipts for donations of less than $100. How can I donate to a Neighbourhood house/ centre? To make a donation to a Neighbourhood House/Centre you can: Speak to your local Neighbourhood House/Centre directly or Fill an online donation form CLICK HERE Donations must be made to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. In order for you to receive a tax receipt, donations cannot go directly to the House/ Centre as they need to go through the ANHCA Public Fund. ANHCA bank details are on the online form. Can we specify which Neighbourhood house/ centre the gift will benefit? You are able to indicate the Neighbourhood House or Centre you would like your donation to go to. To date, all donations made have been directed to the organisation nominated by the donor. Your donation must be made unconditionally to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR in order to be tax deductible, and the distribution of funds received is legally the decision of the ANHCA Public Fund Committee. Does the ANHCA Public Fund take a commission on donations? Yes. ANHCA takes a 5% from all donations in order to support the continued administration of the Public Fund. Who oversees how funds are used? The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR operates under the rules determined by the Australian Taxation Office, which requires the majority of committee members to meet their definition of ‘Responsible Persons’. As not-for-profit entities, each organisation must report annually on their financial position to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), their state regulatory body and their members. How can I donate to Neighourhood House/ Centre? Can we specify which Neighbourhood House/ Centre the gift will benefit? Does the ANHCA Public Fund take a commisson on donations? Who oversees how funds are used?

  • Public Fund Trustees | Australian Neighbour

    Public Fund Trustees As is legally required of all public funds, a Committee, the majority of whom come under the ATO definition of ‘Responsible Persons’, administer the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. The people listed below are known as the ‘Public Fund Trustees’ and are responsible for reviewing and approving the support of all project applications and the release of funds to ensure they will be used for the purposes they were granted for and for the benefit of the community. ANHCA Public Public Fund Trustees : Cameron McCrae Vanessa Meachan Ryk Eksteen

  • Life on Land | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal About Goal 15 aims to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss. Forests cover nearly 31 per cent of our planet’s land area. From the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the food we eat–forests sustain us. Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it underpins can also be the basis for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies as they can deliver benefits that will increase the resilience of people to the impacts of climate change. Many people and cultures rely on the forests and nature for recreational and spiritual purposes, which further good health and well-being. Why it Matters 75% of the worlds poor are affected by land degradation 13 million hectares of forests are being lost every year to desertification and deforestation Nearly half of Australia's forests have been cleared in the past 200 years Why What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres are working to towards improving life on land primarily through the implementation of several community gardens that use organic practices. These educate the community on sustainable gardening through what native plants to use, and through the use of organic pesticides and soil which reduce harmful run off. Other examples of services provided are: Disaster relief Food security Our Targets What Tagets

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