Neighbourhood houses

A friendly, welcoming house where you can drop in to make new friends, gain new skills, share ideas and experiences, is the essence of a neighbourhood house.

Neighbourhood houses in Merri-bek

In Merri-bek, five independent neighbourhood houses offer educational, social, recreational and support programs for people of all backgrounds, ages and cultures.

Brunswick Neighbourhood House
18 Garden Street, Brunswick,
phone 9387 9901 and
43A De Carle Street, Brunswick,
phone 9386 9418


Brunswick Neighbourhood House - Garden Street

East Coburg Neighbourhood House
32 Nicholson Street, Coburg,
phone 9913 5472  


East Coburg Community House
Fawkner Neighbourhood House
CB Smith Reserve (end of the car park), 79 Jukes Road, Fawkner and
95 Major Road, Fawkner,
phone 9359 1824
Fawkner Community House 
Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre
5B Cromwell Street, Glenroy,
phone 9304 3910
Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Newlands Neighbourhood House
20 Murray Road, Coburg North,
phone 8528 2332


Newlands Community House

Reynard Street Neighbourhood House

104A Reynard Street, Coburg,
phone 9386 7128


Neighbourhood house


Sussex Neighbourhood House
7 Prospect Street, Pascoe Vale,
phone 9354 2210
 Pascoe Vale Community Centre Stairs

Council support and funding of neighbourhood houses

Council supports neighbourhood houses by providing the premises and an annual operational grant for all neighbourhood houses in Merri-bek. 

These houses are run by the community with funding from many sources, including the Victorian government.

Programs and activities

Neighbourhood houses offer a range of programs and support groups, including:

  • arts and crafts and cooking classes
  • walking groups
  • computer and internet courses
  • English, literacy and numeracy classes
  • programs for people with a disability
  • yoga classes
  • health and wellbeing activities
  • social and support groups that meet regularly
  • playgroups
  • occasional child care, and
  • training programs for volunteers and committees of management.

Volunteering at a neighbourhood house

Neighbourhood houses are not-for-profit local organisations and are managed by volunteer committees and paid staff, and operate with the assistance of volunteers across all areas.

Some of the types of volunteering you can do at a neighbourhood house include:

  • welcoming people
  • joining an event committee or committee of management
  • office administration or reception
  • leading or assisting in activity groups
  • minibus driver
  • desktop publishing, writing or photography
  • producing a community newsletter
  • distributing brochures
  • fundraising
  • community kitchen facilitator, catering or hosting
  • disability support
  • ESL assistant or migrant English Home Tutor Scheme
  • class assistant
  • making knitted blankets for refugees and asylum seekers, and 
  • gardening.

Contact the neighbourhood house directly to find out more about volunteering opportunities.

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