Generous donation helps community house

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BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER… From left (back), South Shepparton Community Centre president, Mheganne Lumsden, The Smith Family Partnership for Education manager, Kristy Gray, and project officer, Michelle Parmenter. (Front), South Shepparton Community Centre secretary, Gail Tulloch, Neighbourhood Housing Victoria president, Greg Ferrington, South Shepparton Community Centre manager, Dawn Taylor, and treasurer, Neil Lumsden. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Neighbourhood houses bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities, using a unique community development approach.

Community development is about enabling communities to identify and address their own needs. It starts from the assumption that communities have existing strengths and assets that make them part of the solution. Community development practice is about doing with, rather than doing for.

There are over 400 neighbourhood houses in Victoria, and several in the Greater Shepparton area. Last week, South Shepparton Community Centre received a generous donation from Wyndham Park Community Centre and The Smith Family Partnership for Education in Werribee.

South Shepparton Community Centre manager, Dawn Taylor said, “We all try to help each other out when we can, but it’s not always easy. This donation will be a big help to giving our community the programs and activities they want and need.”

To get involved or to see the full calendar of events and activities on offer, visit South Shepparton Community Centre at 11 Service Street, Shepparton or give them a call 5821 6172.