This week's highlight - next Network meeting on 8th September
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Regional projects getting started

Trudewind Rd Neighbourhood House was recently awarded two contracts by the Hume and Eastern Metropolitan ACFE Regional Councils to deliver two projects - Mapping NEV and Hume Leads. 

The projects will build on previous regional projects that have sought to map pre-accredited delivery across the regions, and to understand the barriers for providers and learners to delivering and accessing courses. 

Hume Leads aims to build capacity of Learn Local provision through strengthening and support providers. Your input into this - as a current or past provider, or a Neighbourhood House that has never delivered pre-accredited programs - is critical to ensuring the strategies developed through the project will actually be beneficial. 

Trudewind Rd has engaged Intalink Consulting (Trish Curtis) as the project consultant. 

Dementia-friendly community at Beechworth

Beechworth is one of five communities across the nation, selected to become a dementia-friendly community; a project funded by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and the Municipal Association of Victoria and hosted by the Indigo Health Consortium.

The “Changing Minds” project is quickly gathering momentum and encourages the community to be more understanding, better informed and more inclusive of not only people living in the community with dementia but of all people.

Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre is making a significant contribution to the Changing Minds project by creating a photojournal exhibition that will document the journey, the thoughts and feelings and the experiences of people with dementia, their families and carers. Throughout September, Dementia Awareness month, ten eye catching and very large photos with accompanying stories will be hung in ten businesses in Beechworth; photos and stories that will encourage the local community and the many tourists who visit the historic town, to view the photos, read the stories, discuss and better understand.

The Exhibition will be launched at 5.00 on 11th September, followed by a walk through the town accompanied by the photographer and journal writer, Brenda Pomponio from 13 Acres Photography and invited guests. Following the formal launch, sixty people from the community shall share one of BNC's regular and free Community Feasts prepared by volunteer local chefs with food from the BNC kitchen garden and enjoyed in BNC's beautiful heritage listed hall.

Leading Women with Disabilities

Renee McCarthy is one of Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House’s longest serving volunteers. YNH was thrilled to support her initiative to  complete the Women with Disabilities Victoria, Enabling Women’s Leadership program. Renee travelled to Shepparton for 5 weeks and joined 12 other inspirational women with disabilities who are committed to making their communities a better place to live in.

Participants were taken on a journey of self-discovery and personal development, increasing their confidence and commitment to making their communities a better place. They were also given an insight into services available, particularly around advocacy and how they can help people in their own communities.

Renee loved the program, and the connection she made with participants and facilitators was clearly evident at her graduation in July. Renee’s 90yo grandmother, her sisters Lynette and Ricci, and Debbie Cooper and Heather Kelly from YNH, attended Renee’s graduation and have certainly noticed her increased confidence and commitment to the group.

Now that the program has finished Renee would like to become a voice for people with disabilities in her community. She is keeping in regular contact with other graduates to strengthen their friendships, share ideas and support each other.

Debbie Cooper believes that the whole community should be proud of Renee’s efforts and support and encourage her. Renee has been invited to attend the Moira Shire Disability Advisory Committee Meetings held every 2 months throughout the shire.


Coming up at Baranduda Community Centre

A number of new programs are starting at Baranduda Community Centre, including Meditation for Children, Parent's First Aid and the Baranduda Youth Group.


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:

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

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

Brainfood Conference

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

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.

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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