This week's highlight - next Network meeting on 8th September
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Pop Up Planning

If you're a Learn Local and you are looking for some inspiration in developing your 2016 Delivery Plan, think about popping along to one of these two hour sessions to have a chat about what you're planning and share ideas with others in the Region. These are very informal, working on the assumption that the right people are in the room. 

Sessions are on:
8th Sept, 1.30-3.30pm - Yarrawonga NH
8th Sept, 1.30-3.30pm - Euroa CEC
9th Sept, 10am-12pm - North Shepparton CH


Award Winning Mentoring

The Yarrawonga Mulwala Men’s Shed (YMMS) Mentoring project has won a 2015 Victorian Disability Sector Award in the Category of Excellence in Personal and Community Support. One of five nominees in the category, the YMMS project was announced as the winner on July 21.

Present to accept the award on behalf of the project was John Burn from the Yarrawonga Mulwala Men’s Shed, Pam Marshall  from Goulburn Valley Rural Access and nominator, and Moira Shire Councillor Don McPhee. Unable to attend the awards but included in the nomination were Heather Kelly from Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House and Savernake Public School Principal Leonie Orr.

The YMMS Mentoring Project enabled a member of the Men’s Shed, in this case John Burn, to mentor a school student with a disability and who might benefit from some extra support. Over the 12 week program the student, with John’s valuable advice and guidance, built a rocking horse, dart board and letterbox. They also enjoyed outings, a milkshake or two and formed a great friendship. “To see them grow  in confidence and come out of their shell is just great,” Mr Burn said. “Both the student and the mentor get so much out of the project – I’m hopeful it will continue for some time to come.”

How UMRNHN can support your house

The core purpose of the Network is to support each other and our houses. The Network Committee and members have developed a new Strategic Plan, which is about to be endorsed. The plan clearly outlines the key focus for the Network over the next three years, and will provide a framework to guide the Networker role during that time.

The Networker's role is to provide support and advice to coordinators and committees of management. I'm available to attend your AGMs and COM meetings, and also to run inductions for new committee members.


Adult Learners' Week - what are you doing?

Adult Learners' Week is on from 1st to 8th September - what will you be doing to celebrate?

If your organisation offers any form of adult learning such as courses, classes, lectures, exhibitions, tours, training programs, tutoring, discussion groups – then Adult Learners’ Week is a great opportunity to promote what you do – especially on ALW's 20th anniversary.

Want to get involved but not sure where to start?
A great way to get involved in ALW2015 is to host an event. To help you understand more about Adult Learners Week, set up events, and promote them, Adult Learning Australia is running a FREE ALW2015 boot camp, which consists of three 20 minute online information and Q&A sessions.

These sessions are conducted via webinar/web conferencing.

To register or find out more, cl
ick here.

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Coming up

Next UMRNHN Network meeting: 8th September at Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House.

Agenda includes discussions with Bridget Gardner, ANHLC CEO, and Karen O'Connor, manager of the NILS program. 

NEVCOP Professional Development

Online PD sessions coming up:

Inquiry Based Learning - October 7, 4-5pm

Click here to register, or email Sally for more information

Photojournal exhibition - Beechworth
Launch of Exhibition - 5pm 11th September in Beechworth, followed by a community feast. Contact Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre for more information on (03) 5728 2386.

Community Garden visits - Albury Wodonga
Several visits to community gardens in the Albury Wodonga area have been arranged by the Hume Murray Community Gardening Collective

21st October: Birallee Park NH
18th November: Parklands Bhutanese Community Market Garden
16th December: Bangum Community Garden

Go to the website for more information.

Wills and Legal Workshop - Benalla
The Carers & Parents Support Group is running a Wills and Legal Workshop on 8th September at the Gliding Club of Victoria Function Room at Benalla Airport. This is a free workshop. Contact Sally to register or for more information on (03) 5762 6202 or

Jobs Australia National Conference

Employment and community services are entering a new era which is marked by a need to be more innovative and collaborative. Click here to find out more about the JA 2015 conference, 29th-30th October in Adelaide.

Endorsement as a Public Benevolent Institution

Want to find out more about becoming a PBI? PBI can be extremely beneficial for not-for-profits. Justice Connect is holding a training session in Melbourne on 15th September. Click here for more information.

Dementia Education session - Benalla

Date: 14th October. Participants will gain knowledge of dementia, learn practical strategies in effective communication and how to provide person-centred care for the person with cognitive impairment. Click here for more information and to register.

The NEXT Generation - improving the future of our children

The NEXT Generation brings together a range of speakers in Shepparton on 27th October to explore opportunities to improve the future of our children.

The NEXT Generation speakers will inspire, engage and inform professional working within the community services sector. Presenters will share their expertise and experiences of the influences on children and young people and the impact these have on their ongoing development, well-being and safety. To find out more click here.

Community development

"Neighbours helping out and doing things together have large positive effects on life satisfaction."


Find out more about the recently released Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey here.

Casserole Club is a project that connects people through cooking. Currently being rolled out in metro areas it could be an ideal activity for neighbourhood houses to be part of.

The idea is that people who like to cook and are happy to share an extra portion of a delicious home cooked meal are linked via social media with older neighbours living close by who would really benefit from a hot cooked meal. At the moment the project is rolling out in metro areas but they are keen for it to go Australia-wide. To find out how you might get involved go to

In brief

Each month the ANHLC Newsletter has a theme. They are looking for stories from centres that would fit that theme. Click here for more info.


Working with other organisations - New Information Hub Guide

Justice Connect (NFP Law) has a number of useful resources. The latest guide, Guide to Working with Other Organisations, is designed to help organisations understand the different arrangements they can use to work together, and the legal issues they should consider before doing so. Click here for more information and to download the Guide.


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