Neighbourhood Houses’ vital contribution to community

Jo Palmer, Minister for Community Services and Development

Neighbourhood Houses are at the heart of our communities.

Minister for Community Services and Development, Jo Palmer said, they serve as vibrant, supportive and inclusive spaces where people can engage, connect, and build relationships.

“By providing support, programs, resources or just a place to eat with friends, Houses foster a sense of belonging which grows our communities,” Minister Palmer said.

“As no two communities are the same and Houses take a place-based approach to make sure that they are listening and responding to local needs.”

The Rockliff Liberal Government has increased funding across the Neighbourhood House Network to further support the important work they do.

“Over the past two and a half years, our Government has invested $3.5 million into the Community Connector Pilot to empower Houses to deliver place-based support to meet the increased volume and complexity of individual and community needs being addressed through our Houses,” Minister Palmer said.

“Community Connector workers help to connect people to services and resources as well as empowering them to actively participate in shaping the future of their communities through community gardens, food security programs, cultural celebrations, and community-driven initiatives.”

The Houses are also critical community resources in times of rising costs.

“That’s why the Rockliff Liberal Government has invested an additional $100,000 per House over the past two years.”

Minister Palmer thanked the dedicated Neighbourhood House volunteers for their commitment to the community.

“On average, almost 1,900 volunteers provide their time, experience and skills to Houses each week. Their contribution represents more than 6,500 hours across the Network per week,” Minister Palmer said.

“Under the expert leadership of House Boards, managers and staff, volunteers are crucial to helping Houses service their communities.”

The Rockliff Liberal Government is doing what matters to Tasmanians, by funding these important organisations to help with the rising cost of living.

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