About us

The Avenue Neighbourhood House aims to be a vital point of contact in our neighbourhood, building stronger, more connected communities.

About us

The Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley is a non-profit organisation governed by a volunteer committee, and managed and operated on a day-to-day basis by the House manager supported by part-time staff. We offer many opportunities for people to connect with their community through participation in classes, courses, information sessions, and workshops.

Our statement of purpose

Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley is a welcoming organisation that encourages personal development and community participation.

Our statement of commitment to child safety

The Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley is committed to promoting and protecting the interests and safety of children. We have zero tolerance of child abuse. Everyone working at the House is responsible for the care and protection of children, and reporting child abuse.

Our history

The Avenue Neighbourhood House began in 1982 as a result of Christine Fensham's vision for a neighbourhood house in Blackburn. The Avenue originally began as an outreach of the Avenue Uniting Church, with Christine supported by a small group of women from the Church. In 1984 the House was incorporated and became a legal entity in its own right.

The House continued to flourish in Blackburn until October 2007 when the House's lease expired and the City of Whitehorse offered the House the opportunity of re-locating to Eley Park Community Centre. The City of Whitehorse, with the support of both the State and Federal Governments, funded major renovations at Eley Park to accommodate the extensive program of The Avenue Neighbourhood House.

Our volunteer program

The Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley runs a large and well-recognised volunteer program. When you apply, our volunteer leader will interview you and if there are vacancies we will place you in a position you will enjoy in one or more of the following areas:

Reception

Catering

Child Care

Class Assistant

Transport

Sub Committees

Our committee of management

The House is governed by a voluntary Committee of Management, elected at the Annual General Meeting in May.

The committee members have a wide-range of relevant backgrounds and experience.
 
 
CoM - Garry Neeman

Garry Neeman - President

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Nick Van Bronswijk - Vice President

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Colin Wilson-Evered - Secretary

CoM - Garry Neeman

Valerie Elliott - Treasurer

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Jenny Chalmers

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Anita Wright-Neville

CoM - Garry Neeman

Corinne Yee

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Parijah Selvan

Our sub-committees

We have a number of sub-committees and are always keen to hear from people interested in getting involved. Sub-committee participation also entitles volunteers to further discounts.

Our supporters

The Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley is funded by the Victorian State Government and City of Whitehorse. We also receive sponsorship support for our youth programs from McGrath Real Estate in Blackburn.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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