Mordialloc Neighbourhood House is a community based non-profit organisation with a voluntary Committee of Governance. The Neighbourhood House is managed by a salaried Manager funded by the Department of Planning and Community Development.
Due to the effort of a local lady and the support of Mordialloc Rotary, St. Aidan’s Church in Parkdale and at the time Mordialloc Council, the Neighbourhood House was established and incorporated in November 1984.
Parkdale Neighbourhood House as known at the time, spent 9 years at the premises of St. Aidan’s church. Towards the end of that time at St. Aidan’s the Neighbourhood House also used the hall at St. David’s in Parkdale to accommodate the programs offered.
Having a pro-active committee and with the assistance of Mordialloc Council the Neighbourhood House relocated to Mordialloc to its current address in March 1994 to a purpose built facility, and became known soon after as Mordialloc Neighbourhood House.
In 2004 the House was successful in gaining a grant from Adult, Community & Further Education and with the financial support from the City of Kingston the Neighbourhood House went through a second stage in developing the facility.
The House now operates 7 days and 4 nights per week and weekends by arrangement.
A committee of governance
The level of commitment and the degree of involvement given by a committee member can vary considerably. Every little bit helps the House to offer activities and operate in a smooth and friendly fashion. You may wish to;
- Offer your skills that can assist in the promotion of the Neighbourhood House
- Contribute as an office holder on the committee
- Be involved in the provision of a House Newsletter
- Have some great fundraising ideas
The Committee of Governance ensures the following;
- That legal obligations are met under any applicable Acts i.e. Association Incorporated Act, the O.H. & s Act and the Privacy Act
- Accountability requirements for grants received are met
- The Neighbourhood House has appropriate insurance cover
Policy for Benefits of Committee:
Committee members must attend a minimum of 50% of meetings and be active participants in fundraising events. It would be an expectation that all committee members actively contribute to 2 fundraisers over the year. This would then entitle the committee member to enjoy priority for places in House programs.
The Neighbourhood House is a registered centre with the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development and the Family Assistance Office. Quality and friendly child care is available 5 days per week. Unless otherwise stated, child care is available for adult classes during the day at a reduced cost.
Bookings are essential. NO REFUND will be given once a permanent child care position for the term has commenced.
Arrangements can be made where possible to integrate students with special needs. Ask at the office when enrolling.
Enrolments will be confirmed on payment of a deposit, which is retained as part of your final class payment. Payment in full is required 5 working days prior to class commencing; however, if you are having difficulties, regular instalments will be accepted by arrangement with the Manager.
Commencement of classes
Commencement of classes are subject to sufficient numbers. Should a class be cancelled, the Neighbourhood House will notify you and your monies refunded. Otherwise, please attend the first class as advertised.
Please choose your classes carefully; we cannot be responsible for changes in your circumstance. Refunds will be issued if at least 7 days notice is given prior to class commencement date. An administration fee will be deducted from refunds. We regret that classes with low enrolments may be cancelled or deferred. You will be advised of this by telephone prior to commencement date. On these occasions a full class refund will be issued. Refund cheque can take up to 1 week to process and will be forwarded by mail.
Mordialloc Neighbourhood House reserves the right to cancel or change class days, times, fees and tutors when necessary.
Membership fee assists with the Neighbourhood House brochure mail outs. The option of applying for a voting membership applies. Membership fees are not refundable.
No classes are held on public or school holidays – except in special pre-arranged circumstances.
If you have an area of interest where you would like to volunteer at the House, please speak to the Manager.
Office support services
Hiring of facility
The Neighbourhood House is able to provide a neutral, friendly, non-threatening facility whic is non-discriminatory environment for all local members. The aim is to open the ‘House’ on a daily basis and to encourage use by the local community. Objective is to support and develop groups which come together for a particular and specific need. To assist and encourage the development of local interest groups and self help groups. All community groups are invited to make use of the ‘House’ for meetings or workshops. All enquires contact the office and speak to the Manager.