Celebrating Neighbourhood House Week 2022
Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania is celebrating Neighbourhood House Week 2022 by launching a new community governance activity pack developed to support the boards of community organisations.
Neighbourhood House Week, happening 9-15 May, is a national initiative which celebrates the role of over 1,000 neighbourhood houses in local communities across Australia. There are 35 in Tasmania.
Nicole Battle, President of the national peak body Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association, said this year’s Neighbourhood House Week theme was about re-emerging and rebuilding a harmonious and resilient community after the lockdowns that saw so many Australians isolated.
“I am so proud to lead such a resilient, responsive and adaptive sector, made up of so many selfless and hardworking individuals,” Ms Battle said.
“Neighbourhood and community houses and centres have truly demonstrated their weight in gold over the past two and a half years. While so many other services closed during the lockdowns, Tasmanian neighbourhood houses stepped up. 70% of neighbourhood houses provided low-cost meals to community members, and 57% provide outreach services delivering meals or vegetable boxes.
“Other services our houses provided included childcare, remote adult education, home deliveries, wellbeing calls, letterbox drops, online social gatherings, technology support and device hire. Neighbourhood houses also played a valuable role during the rollout of the vaccine program, creating awareness and combating vaccine hesitancy. This Neighbourhood House Week we acknowledge this incredible effort and the staff, volunteers and community members who made it all happen.
However, now as we begin to re-emerge, we are looking to rebuild those strong social connections that many people lost, building a stronger, more resilient community than ever before.”
The event details:
Tasmanian launch of Neighbourhood House Week 2022 by the Hon Nic Street,
Minister for Community Services and Development
Minister for Hospitality and Events
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Leader of the House
Member for Franklin
Event Date: 10th May 2022
Start Time: 12.00 midday
Finish Time: 1.00 pm
Venue: 16B Elmsleigh Road, Derwent Park
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Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania