Getting to know the team behind Brimbank community centres
Brimbank’s Neighbourhood Houses/Community Centres are friendly and welcoming places where you can drop-in to make new friends, gain new skills and share ideas and experiences in a supportive and informal environment. Our Neighbourhood House Unit is the team that looks after Council’s network of community centres in our City.
In Brimbank, we have 11 neighbourhood houses/community centres, which deliver a range of social health and wellbeing, learning, social engagement and other community development opportunities for all members of the community.
Council manages seven of these centres. The others are community managed.
Our centres offer a range of programs including activities and classes for all life stages.
On average, we run over 300 programs a year and sessions are scheduled according to the school term, with some centres offering school holiday programs.
Neighbourhood houses/community centres provide opportunities for individuals and groups to enrich their lives through making connections and contributing towards local community life.
Classes and activities are low cost or free, and cover health and wellbeing, the arts, sport, digital literacy, English as an additional language and much more.
Programs are run by a combination of highly experienced professional tutors and skilled volunteers wanting to give back to their communities.
Neighbourhood houses/community centres are also spaces for community events of all kinds.
In November, at this year’s Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, some of the events were hosted by neighbourhood houses and community centres.
Sydenham Neighbourhood House worked in partnership with a collective of young creatives from the African community to produce Drop the Mic, an event that focused on contemporary storytelling through spoken word, poetry and rap lyrics.
Drop the Mic attracted over 50 young people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds to take part in writing and performing their own original works.
Meet the team
A key Council team working across Brimbank’s community centres is the Neighbourhood House Unit, part of the Community Learning and Participation department.
Each neighbourhood house/community centre has a designated team leader, a program development officer and part time program support officers, generally two per centre.
Team leaders and the Neighbourhood House unit coordinator meet monthly to plan and constantly evaluate the programs being run for community members.
In the future
In 2019, Council will embark on the development of its first Brimbank Neighbourhood House Strategy.
The strategy will provide a five-year framework for the future work of Council’s neighbourhood houses/community centres and will be informed by extensive community consultation with local residents of all ages and backgrounds.
Contact Council managed community centres:
Cairnlea Community Hub
Delahey Community Centre
80 Copperfield Drive, Delahey
P 9249 4900 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Monday-Friday - 9am-4pm
Hunt Club Community and Arts Centre
Keilor Community Hub program spaces
704B Old Calder Hwy, Keilor
P 9249 4224 or 9249 4900 E email@example.com
Customer Service office hours: Monday-Friday 8.45am-5pm
Sydenham Neighbourhood House
102/Level 1 Station Rd, Community Hub Building, Taylors Lakes
P 9249 4224 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Monday-Thursday - 9am-6pm, Friday - 9am-5pm
West Sunshine Community Centre
Westvale Community Centre
For more information go to learning.brimbank.vic.gov.au