The Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) is the national peak body for Neighbourhood Houses and Centres in Australia.
With a vision for strong local communities ANCHA represents nationally over 1000 Neighbourhood Houses/Centres – the generic name used for centres called Community Houses, Learning Centres, and Community Centres – which are member organisations of their state and territory peak representative bodies.
- To contribute to national policy and issues of common interest to Neighbourhood Houses and Centres
- To promote and strengthen the national identity of Neighbourhood Houses and Centres
- To enhance the quality, skills and knowledge of Neighbourhood Houses and Centres
- To support the activity and work of the Neighbourhood House and Centre Sector in Australia.
ANHCA’s principles and Practice:
The ANHCA community acts as a significant platform for social inclusion and is united by its focus on:
- The practice of community development at a local level
- Building community services controlled and managed by local people
- Building the capacity of individuals, families and communities
- Prevention and early intervention
- The practice of social inclusion at a community, grass roots level
- Building greater networks of support across our communities
- Providing learning opportunities for the community
- Fostering community leadership
- Commitment to equality and opportunity for all people
- Strengths-based practice – people who experience disadvantage can, and should, be actively engaged in the development of their own community and their own future directions
- Local participation and direction in social research planning
- The principles of social justice
- The value provided by trained and skilled volunteers.
The shared vital elements of all Houses and Centres provide a diverse and constantly evolving range of positive social, health, educational and economic outcomes for individuals, families and communities, particularly for those experiencing disadvantage.
The Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association is governed by elected representatives from its member state and territory peak organisations and representative bodies.