The mission of the Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres Inc. is to work within a community development framework to support the sustainability, development and growth of its members and the Neighbourhood House movement. The Network supports the diversity, and autonomy of its members, whilst advocating for them individually and collectively.
The Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres Inc will provide "a collective voice and a sense of unity” for its member’s by:"
Supporting all members
Sharing information and knowledge
Linking to other organisations
Linking to the rest of the NHLC sector (including ANHLC)
History of the Network
A meeting of the Barwon Community Education Network and Barwon Neighbourhood House Network, held in Camperdown on 3 August 1989, amalgamated into a new entity called The Network of Neighbourhood Houses and Community Educators. From this combined group the “ The Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres “ was formed.
From this meeting of 18 Houses, a Constitution was also developed and The Barwon Network became an Incorporated Body on 7th November, 1990. In 1995, the name was changed to the Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres Inc.
Just as the Neighbourhood House movement has since grown, so has the Network. We now have 24 Houses in the region. The Constitution was updated in 2003 and a number of needs analyses have been conducted to ensure the Network remains responsive to the needs and aspirations of its members. The purpose of the Network remains “To provide a collective voice and a sense of unity”
The Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres Inc (BNCC) is an incorporated association which draws its membership from the neighbourhood houses and community centres located in the Barwon Region. Its members are situated in the local government areas of the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and Colac Otway Shire.
The Network is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Neighbourhood House Co-Ordination Program (NHCP) and also seeks grants and project funding from other sources for additional projects and collaborative work.
Neighbourhood House Networks are the central link within the Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres sector structure; their practice is underpinned by the sector principles and is both facilitative and developmental and relies on strong inclusive relationships with its member houses and with the wider local and regional communities.
How many houses and centres are in the Network?
As at January 2015 the network has 26 members. Three of these Houses are not yet funded.
Local Government areas covered by BNNC City of:
Geelong (15 centres)
Surf Coast Shire (5 centres)
Colac Otway Shire (5 centres)
Borough of Queenscliffe (1 centre)
Apart from membership fees, BNNC is supported by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, Surf Coast Shire, Colac/Otway Shire and the City of Greater Geelong (COGG).
From time to time it also receives grants for projects or community development activities.
Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres now has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status via a public fund.
We can now accept donations and you can receive a tax deduction for this. To find out more, contact us on 5241 4810.