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While Neighbourhood Houses across the country all look very different, the basic principles that underpin how a House works with their community are the same.   Each House starts with the assumption that communities have existing strengths and assets that make them part of the solution – and then we approach what we do by “doing with, rather than doing for.” []

In Clunes, we are fortunate to be part of a town where people place a lot of value on being an active part of their community through volunteering.   Volunteering is a very practical way of getting involved in community building. It creates connections, relationships and experiences that build on the strengths and assets of a community.

This month the nation celebrates National Volunteering Week. We thought take the opportunity to celebrate a few of the many important ways that volunteers and volunteering help shape Clunes Neighbourhood House.

Fast Facts:

  • Did you know that currently Clunes Neighbourhood House has 37 volunteers involved in our operations each week?
  • Did you know that more than 50% of our volunteers are men?
  • Did you know that our fastest growing segment of volunteers are young people?

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New Committee for 2019

At our Annual General Meeting in late February, we were excited to welcome a new committee for 2019, while sadly saying ‘goodbye’ to others (see March 2019 CNH Newsletter).  Our new leadership team includes President, Siobahn Altham (also our Child Safety Officer), Vice President, Vaughan Brown, Treasurer, Fiona Patton and Secretary, Viktoria Bach. 

Committee members include Luke O’Connor, Emma Jedwab, Tom Ripon and Jordan Rozanski.  View our 2018 Annual Report.

Civic Kids

This innovative youth participation program presented to Hepburn Shire Council this month.   The team prepped for their presentation in the weeks prior and when asked an impromptu question during the meeting were quick to focus discussion on the need for a footpath connecting the town to the school.   Find out more…

The Saturday Project

Did you know that Clunes kids go to at least 8 different high schools when they leave Clunes Primary School?  

Life pulls local kids in different directions, while growing up creates new pressures.  Having a place where you can chillax (urban dictionary definition: “…calm down and relax, dance to your favourite tune or have friends over.”) is exactly what our kids say they need. 

No surprise that mental health researchers agree with them 100%.


Reaching for the Stars!

Not only is Circus back, but we’ve now got the rigging to introduce a whole new range of skills to our Art Attack classes.  Big thanks to the other users of the Community Centre space, and Hepburn Shire Council for helping us install rigging for silks and trapeze

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Outsmart your smart device.  Whether it’s your laptop, iPhone or tablet, discover the tricks you need to know to make it do your bidding!  Will Maki’s course was so popular we are going to run it again in the near future.

Watch this space…

Budding Book Entrepreneurs

What do you say when a group of entrepreneurial kids ask you to help them make Book Show Bags to sell at Clunes Booktown? 

You say yes and listen to what they’ve got planned!


Contact us on 5345 4078 or follow our facebook page for updates.







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