Neighbourhood Houses Program

Features

NNH Strategic Framework 2013-2018

NHH Strategic Framework 2018-2023

Neighbourhood Houses (Houses) are organisations offering accessible, locally-driven programs which respond to community needs and provide a soft-entry point to community and service systems.

An integrated network of 35 Houses supports Tasmanian communities. They are strategically located to lead and coordinate community development in areas of most need.

The Department of Communities (the Department) through its Community Support Program funds 34 of these and their peak body, and the Australian Government Department of Defence funds the House at Dowsing Point.

Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania Inc. (NHT) is the sector peak body which leads and represents the interests of Houses. NHT is governed by a Board comprising regional House representatives.

A copy of the program’s Strategic Framework 2018-2023 can be downloaded

Neighbourhood House Program Strategic Framework 2018-2023, Part 1, Achieving, Belonging, Celebrating, Doing ­ Community Development in Action.

If you require assistance accessing this framework, please contact disandcommservices@dhhs.tas.gov.au

What happens at Neighbourhood Houses?

Houses began in Tasmania in the late 1970s and since then the model has evolved and the number of Houses has expanded as the community development and health and wellbeing benefits were recognised and evidenced.

Originally Houses provided services such as playgroup and child minding facilities, craft courses and a social meeting point. Today Houses provide a range of community development programs based on identified community needs and resources. These will vary based on the House and its community but typically include:

  • adult and youth literacy programs, community gardens, food security, healthy eating, nutrition and cooking classes, community transport, driving courses, IT skills training, fund raising, health promotion, family and school holiday activities, community sheds, vocational training, market days, community events and volunteer opportunities.

Importance of Neighbourhood Houses

The Neighbourhood House Program is a cornerstone of the Department's community development strategy. As a network the Houses form the largest community development infrastructure in Tasmania with the most regionally diverse footprint of any non-government service network in the state. Houses provide a local structure for:

  • responding to community needs
  • representing community views
  • identifying opportunities and making local connections
  • delivering community programs and coordinating services
  • building individual and community capacity.

The program includes four goals which each House includes and evidences work towards via individual strategic plans and reporting to the Department. The program goals are:

  1. connect community
  2. support people
  3. create opportunity
  4. local leadership.