Neighbourhood House Centre report
This report highlights the diversity of the Australian Neighbourhood House and Centre Sector. No one House or Centre is the same in the way it looks or the programs and activities it delivers. The similarities in the sector lie in their underpinning philosophy and practice of community development; their ability to engage with and have the trust of people in their local communities; in their responsiveness to community need; their volunteer base; and in their knowledge of and “grass roots” experience within their communities. Neighbourhood Houses and Centres (NH&Cs) are not-for-profit, community organisations all of which share a community development and socially inclusive approach to the delivery and provision of services and activities for socially isolated and disadvantaged local communities. In early 2011 a national survey of the approximately 1,000 Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres was undertaken by the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA). A snapshot of the national data reveals the following:
- Number of people participating in activities per week 320,000
- Number of volunteers 21,300 Number of students, participants & volunteers assisted to transition to paid work or further education 67,300
- Number of people serving on committees and boards of governance 8,500
- Number of paid employees includes full time, part time, tutors & casuals 14,500.
This report also provides a number of case studies which more vividly illustrate the breadth and depth of the work of the Neighbourhood House and Centre (NH&C) Sector.
Download the full report here: Neighbourhood House Centre Research Report – Apr 2011 – Final.