YNH 30 years of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

The ever gen­er­ous and help­ful Yar­ra­wonga Neigh­bour­hood House is cel­e­brat­ing a mile­stone next week with the or­gan­i­sa­tion turn­ing 30.

To com­mem­o­rate the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion YNH is hav­ing an open house dur­ing Neigh­bour­hood House Week from April 30 to May 4 that will give the com­mu­nity the chance to drop in, have a cuppa and share any rec­ol­lec­tions they may have of pro­grams or courses they have at­tended over the last 30 years.

Across the week all pro­grams will be run­ning and will give the com­mu­nity the op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness the run­ning and par­tic­i­pa­tion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion that was set up by the com­mu­nity, with the com­mu­nity and for the com­mu­nity.

In March 1988 the first Co-or­di­na­tor of Neigh­bour­hood House Heather Barry ob­tained fund­ing for the Neigh­bour­hood House Co­or­di­na­tion Pro­gram which led the or­gan­i­sa­tion to move into 1 Har­grave Court Yar­ra­wonga which was pro­vided by the Min­istry of Hous­ing.

Only two months later in March 1989 Heather Barry re­signed and Mar­lene Eber­jer, Kerry Ellis and Pam Har­wood came on board as the next three Co­or­di­na­tors be­tween 1989 and 1991.

In Septem­ber 1991 Heather Kelly be­come the Co­or­di­na­tor and un­der her guid­ance in 1992 YNH com­menced of­fer­ing oc­ca­sional child­care.

Three years later the or­gan­i­sa­tion made some changes to their house by build­ing an ex­ten­sion of the cur­rent Neigh­bour­hood House and added two new rooms for train­ing, pro­grams and pub­lic ac­cess.

By 1996 YNH had sep­a­rated from the Ten­ants Group and be­came an in­cor­po­rated as­so­ci­a­tion.

A com­mu­nity based Com­mit­tee of Man­age­ment took over the lease and re­spon­si­bil­ity for all ac­tiv­i­ties. At the same time YNH also be­came a reg­is­tered Tax Help Cen­tre.

Over the next ten years child­care was ceased due to reg­u­la­tion changes, the YNH Host Cen­tre­link Agency con­tract was suc­cess­ful, an­other ex­ten­sion was built to cre­ate two new of­fices and out­door deck, the name was changed to YNH Ser­vices Inc and in 2006 YNH be­came a Reg­is­tered Train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

In the last ten years since 2008 many more changes have been made to the pro­grams of­fered and lead­ing staff with the Adult Learn­ing Cen­tre built on the Yar­ra­wonga High School grounds with train­ing rooms and com­puter lab added, fund­ing ob­tained to de­velop e-learn­ing ini­tia­tives, a staffing re­struc­ture un­der­taken and co­or­di­na­tor po­si­tion re­de­fined as Ex­ec­u­tive Officer along­side the win­ning of the 2009 Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Business Ex­cel­lence Awards as well as the 2010 Pow­er­cor Moira Shire Business Ex­cel­lence Awards and Vic ACE Awards for Out­stand­ing ACE or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion also in­vested in a Moo­dle Learn­ing Man­age­ment Sys­tem in 2011 and de­liv­ered the first on­line course “Re­flect and Con­nect” be­fore in­tro­duc­ing a blended de­liv­ery (on­line and face to face) Cert IV in Train­ing and As­sess­ment, had Pauline Wil­son come on board as the Ex­ec­u­tive Officer, won the 2013 Learn Lo­cal Leg­ends as recog­ni­tion of the growth and qual­ity of Adult Ed­u­ca­tion de­liv­ered by YNH, had a name change back to Yar­ra­wonga Neigh­bour­hood House and won the 2017 Moira Shire Business Ex­cel­lence Awards for Good Ac­cess = Good business.

While this snap­shot gives you an idea of the fore­sight and plan­ning of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that was set up to work with the com­mu­nity it does not tell the story of the peo­ple be­hind the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The five in­cred­i­ble women who led and still lead the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s devel­op­ment have al­ways been well sup­ported by so many who have con­trib­uted as com­mit­tee mem­bers, staff/tu­tors, vol­un­teers, stu­dents and par­tic­i­pants.

Add in the re­la­tion­ships and net­works that have been built with com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, ser­vice providers, busi­nesses, Moira Shire and other government de­part­ments that have pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­tin­ued growth and part­ner­ships and you can see the amaz­ing work YNH has done over its 30 years.

In 2018, YNH con­tin­ues to de­liver a range of qual­ity cer­tifi­cate, ac­cred­ited, pre-ac­cred­ited and short courses; Tax Help, Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices Agency, Out­reach ser­vices, Information and Re­fer­ral, Sup­port Groups, so­cial con­nec­tions and hobby and in­ter­est groups.

YNH is also still ac­tively in­volved in com­mu­nity events and work­shops pro­mot­ing in­clu­sion and ac­ces­si­bil­ity for all.

To thank and con­grat­u­late all on their fan­tas­tic achieve­ments over 30 years make sure to get down to YNH over Neigh­bour­hood House Week from April 30 to May 4.

The weeks ac­tiv­i­ties and cel­e­bra­tions will cul­mi­nate in a get to­gether at the cur­rent Neigh­bour­hood House on Fri­day, May 4 from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Bring a friend, share your rec­ol­lec­tions, have a laugh, make new mem­o­ries and cre­ate new ideas. Every­one at YNH can’t wait to see you.

The Yar­ra­wonga Neigh­bour­hood House will next week cel­e­brate their 30th birth­day with cel­e­bra­tions run­ning right across Neigh­bour­hood House Week from April 30 to May 4.

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