South Gippsland Neighbourhood Houses join forces for a statewide funding campaign
Representatives from the South Gippsland Neighbourhood Houses network met today with local M.P. Danny O’Brien to deliver 261 signed postcards from community members supporting a state-wide budget and election campaign.
Every week Victorian Neighbourhood Houses have over 188,000 visits from community members. Neighbourhood Houses respond to local community needs! Yet they are asked to do more for less and the funding is going backwards. There has been no sector-wide increase to Neighbourhood Houses for many years and they face increasing needs and costs, yet have experienced an erosion of their funding.
Neighbourhood Houses Victoria, the peak body for Victorian Neighbourhood Houses and Learning centres, are asking the current Victorian State Government to deliver on its 2014 Election Campaign commitment to invest in Neighbourhood Houses. The issue of funding is particularly acute in Victoria’s growth corridors, and those suffering the effects of rural isolation and the loss of employment opportunities through industry closures.
Every week Neighbourhood Houses deliver over 10,000 programs addressing digital literacy, disengaged youth, unemployment, childcare, emergency management, food security, family violence, mental health and wellbeing, training and education, integration of new arrivals and refugees, rural isolation, ageing, social enterprise, offender programs, community resilience and connectedness.
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