About Us

Clunes Neighbourhood House is a community led organisation, with more than double the number of volunteers involved in it’s operations each week, compared to the state average. Working with local people, businesses and other community groups, our goal is to contribute to the liveability of Clunes by supporting everyone to be an active part of the neighbourhood.

Clunes Neighbourhood House was formally founded in 1992 (after operating informally prior to then) and incorporated in 2007 by local people seeking to provide community development opportunities that would lessen social isolation and foster inclusion.

We operate on a three year strategic planning style to enable us to have the time to work together to co-design and embed outcomes across the community.

Download our 2018-2021 plan here CNH Strategic-Plan-2018 – 2021 APPROVED

How did we get to this plan? Down load our 2016-2018 plan here.  CNH Strategic-Plan-2016-2018 APPROVED

Building a Safe And Supportive Community

At the Clunes Neighborhood House, Child Safety Policy is a critical part of our operations. Our aim is to nurture safe and supportive networks for children, their families within our organisation, and across community.

In 2017, we partnered with Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre and the Victorian State Government to undertake a series of research studies to better understand the aspirational, educational and employability needs of our community – and the broader shire. Through a series of surveys and one on one interviews, we produced the findings, which have informed many of our initiatives since then.

Clunes Neighbourhood House coordinates:

Regular and special activities led by community members interested in contributing to their neighbourhood.  This means we have a participatory approach to our programing, focusing on building the capacity of our community to make their own change happen.

Regular and special activities include:

  • Arts
  • Youth
  • Learning
  • Fitness, health and wellbeing
  • Skill development

A Snapshot of Clunes Neighbourhood House’s journey:

Clunes Neighbourhood House has been operating for almost 30 years, and in that time has become a part of the neighbourhood, living and sharing a number of different premises.  The first premises was the Old Free Lending Library. A one off Government Grant of $140,000 was provided in 1987, to fund a coordinator and computers. In the early days, the main focus was on technology based classes for adults but over the years that has changed.  Neighbourhood House then moved to a shop front in Fraser St (where Widow Twankeys is now!) and then to the Hepburn Health Services premises on the Ballarat Rd.  After 10 years or so there, Neighbourhood House moved to No 6 Service St for 3 before finding it new home, with the Lee Medlyn Home of Bottles at the Old School House at 70 Bailey Street, in 2011.  This beautiful building has been very effectively shared since then.