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About Us

About Us

Vines Road Community Centre is a Neighbourhood House located in the Geelong suburb of Hamlyn Heights. We are co-located with Western Heights Secondary College and a branch of Geelong Regional Libraries.

During its 34 years of operation, the centre has become an important part of the surrounding neighbourhoods of Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Manifold Heights, North Geelong, Bell Park and Bell Post Hill. We also have people coming from throughout the broader Geelong region to enjoy their very own place of belonging.

Our spacious, modern facility hosts a broad range of meaningful activities for all ages, abilities and interests. Many of the activities at the Vines Road Community Centre are led by talented, qualified and passionate Geelong people who are looking to share the joy that they find in their specialties. We also have several rooms available for hire.

The Centre receives funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to employ a co-ordinator to arrange programs, form relationships with other individuals and organisations and to oversee the operations of the centre.

Additionally, the City of Greater Geelong funds an amount to Neighbourhood Houses to assist in training the committee, subsidising venue hire and to deliver an annual community development project.  All remaining funding is self-generated through venue hire fees, fundraising activities, donations and activity fees.

 

Today, Vines Road Community Centre is home to more than 30 different groups that use the facility on a regular basis. We work closely with Western Heights College to deliver new experiences for the students or assist them with additional space for existing programs.

We rely heavily on volunteer labour to deliver events, keep the garden tidy, keep the grounds clean and to facilitate some of our programs.

Our centre is a member of Neighbourhood Houses Victoria and Neighbourhood Houses Barwon.

Our History

Our Centre began as an unincorporated membership group, established in 1984 by the former Shire of Corio (now part of the City of Greater Geelong). The group was awarded tenancy of the Teacher’s College Building that once occupied the Vines Reserve.

 

In 1987, the membership group moved to incorporate the association and the Vines Road Community Centre was made an official, incorporated, not-for-profit organisation.

 

In 2010, works began to completely makeover the Vines Reserve to amalgamate all three Western Heights College campus and also to integrate a community hub onto the site.

The Vines Road Community Centre opened at its current site in the Orange Building in 2010.

Our Vision:

Vines Road Community Centre will be a self-sustaining community hub, developing and supporting activities that strengthen our community.

 

Our Values

Equality Accessibility Honesty

Engagement Diversity Integrity

Empowerment Tolerance and Understanding Social Inclusion

Support Non-discriminatory Positive Partnerships

Advocacy

Our Mission:

To consult and respond to the specific needs of our community, within our own resources and in partnership with other government and non- government agencies and organisations, develop a strategic plan to achieve the major goals of our organisation.

 

Our Objectives

Building Community

Supporting people and their Families

Enhancing Choices

Community Led Governance