What is a Neighbourhood House?
A Neighbourhood House is a friendly, informal place where community members meet for a variety of activities at minimal cost. They can also be called Neighbourhood Centres, Family Centres, Community Centres, Community Resource Centres (CRCs) and Learning Centres.
Whatever name they go by, these centres reﬂect the needs and aspirations of their own community and provide activities in response to community input.
Activities for adults and children are as diverse as the communities the Neighbourhood House serves and can include workshops, discussions, displays and social events in areas such as arts and crafts, health and fitness, business and finance, computing and IT, and personal development.
Many Neighbourhood Houses provide crèche during activities and some have youth groups, self-help and support groups, playgroups and after-school care.
Neighbourhood Centres offer rooms for hire on a casual or ongoing basis, and CRCs have a range of business services available, including meeting rooms and video-conferencing facilities.