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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.

Art for Seniors at Trudewind

Congratulations to Trudewind Rd NHH in Wodonga for their success in obtaining a $2000 grant from Border Trust, Albury Wodonga for their Art for Seniors program.

This has enabled Trudewind to run seven ‘Come and Try’ art classes and workshop using a variety of media. They have been really well attended and have brought new people into Trudewind, several of whom have now joined some of their on-going art classes.

The pictures are of Trudewind's new ‘Working with Texture’ class in which participants build texture with impasto and various fabrics, then flood the work with ink, spray it with water.... and stand back! Very effective!


New Community Cooking starts at Felltimber Community Centre

Felltimber CC, in partnership with Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare, has recently started Community Cooking, after the success of the Kylie's Cooking Program that ran in Term 2.  

Community Cooking is designed for people who are struggling with the cost of the weekly food bills. The program is not only about creating a meal and sharing cooking skills with others, but is also about providing a relaxed, warm environment where participants are encouraged to bring board games, knitting etc -  this helps to create a family feel for those who may otherwise be alone at home.

Foodshare support the program by providing the food to create these meals.


Mt Beauty NH Rose Garden Cafe

The Rose Garden Cafe at Mt Beauty Neighbourhood House has been running for six months as a small business enterprise, two days a week. It is run entirely by volunteers.

The idea is to give community members somewhere to practise their hospitality skills and to make connections with others in their community.


The Cafe is able to provide meals at a very reasonable price, so people on a low budget can afford to come out for lunch or morning tea.

Mt Beauty also does catering for their venue hire clients, and the cafe has made this even more efficient.

Local youth, as part of a Green Army project, have recently built a pathway for linking the centre to the nearby lake.

Josh Wood in Wodonga

Inspirational young speaker, Josh Wood, was hosted by Baranduda Community Centre and Felltimber CC at two separate free events in late July, as part of Josh's "Be Relentless" Tour. Josh is a young man with a vision, "to make a positive change to our schools, communities, sporting groups/ clubs, and  anyone who is willing to make a difference to their own life  and the lives of those around them.”

Hosting high profile speakers can be a great way to get new people into your house. 


Kitchen Table Conversations at Trudewind Rd NHH

Trudewind took advantage of the opportunity to hold a Kitchen Table Conversation as part of Cathy McGowan's community consultation process in the Commonwealth seat of Indi.

In far-ranging - and sometimes passionate! - discussion, the points most strongly identified were:

  • neighbourhood houses need more funding in recognition of the community services they provide
  • marriage equality should be legislated
  • politicians should have the same entitlements as the rest of the population 
  • decentralise and grow regional centres
  • superannuation is for retirement living, not the kids' inheritance
  • the judicial system needs reform
The outcomes from the KTCs were fed into the KTC report, which was launched in Wodonga on 2nd August. To find out more about the results of the KTC, click here.
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Coming up

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

Agenda includes a discussion with Karen O'Connor, manager of the NILS program. 

NEVCOP Professional Development

Online PD sessions coming up:

Managing Challenging Behaviours - August 13, 4-5pm
VETTrak Q&A - August 24, 2.30-3.30pm
Inquiry Based Learning - October 7, 4-5pm

Click here to register, or email Sally for more information

Brainfood Conference

Brainfood is being held in Ballarat on 9th/10th September. Email Trish if you would like a copy of the program.

Bystander Phenomenon training (violence against women)

Women's Health GNE has organised training at Gateway Health in Wodonga on Thursday 13th August. 

The training will explore the Bystander phenomenon in the context of Preventing Violence against women, and participants will gain;
  • An understanding of the causes of violence against women
  • How they can address the causes as an individual
  • How they can address the causes at an organisational level
  • How they can be a part of the solution to prevent violence against women and children

To register please go to:

Master Class in Asset Based Community Development

The relationship between organisations and communities is changing, which requires a fundamental shift in behaviour from employees and residents. Click here to find out about the ABCD Master Class on 25th August in Melbourne.

The NEXT Generation - exploring opportunities to improve 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

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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