Since opening its doors in February 2019, the Charlton Neighbourhood House has seen a broad range of popular services and activities delivered to its residents. Despite the numerous disruptions that COVID-19 presented over the past 2 years, the committee and staff are proud with what has been achieved, often behind regulated closed doors. Overseen by a volunteer Committee of Governance, 3 staff, and dedicated volunteers consistently deliver important services to our community.
A cornerstone of this was the assistance given to many locals to set up the required MyGov app on their mobile devices or obtaining printed documents if they had no smart phone. This was also the case with those unfamiliar with the use of ‘Zoom’ or other apps to keep residents in touch with family and friends, and the $250 Government Power Rebate Scheme.
As the booking point for the Charlton Forum Community Car, this valuable service is coordinated out of the Neighbourhood House, while also being an informal way of keeping in contact with some of the community’s more vulnerable people.
Certificate courses such as Responsible Service of Alcohol, Safe Food Handling, First Aid and CPR, Boat and Personal Watercraft Safety and Barista were all able to be conducted at an affordable price without the need to travel. Social activities included the ever-popular Table for 12, Early Morning Swimming, Gentle Water Exercise, Arts and Photography sessions, social excursions and much more.
The Charlton Neighbourhood House also supports Charlton Youth Group, Charlton Carers Group, various artistic projects around the town, as well as a popular printing service for individuals, businesses and organizations.
Working collaboratively with other Neighbourhood Houses, and across the network of community centres in the Mallee, the Charlton Neighbourhood House looks forward to continuing to deliver to locals and visitors alike information, services, and activities they require, and welcome everyone to join in.