What is a neighbourhood house?

Neighbourhood Houses are known by many different names including:

  • Community Houses
  • Living and Learning Centres
  • Neighbourhood Centres
  • Learning Centres
  • Community Centres

Whatever the name these places are local organisations that provide social, educational and recreational activities for their communities in a welcoming, supportive environment. Neighbourhood houses are usually managed by volunteer committees and paid staff. They offer many opportunities for participation in all aspects of the house activities and management.

Good quality affordable childcare and playgroups are offered at most houses.
Activities are usually run at cost price and often include:

  • English as a second language
  • Learning and skills development for people with disabilities
  • Art classes and drop in activities
  • Gentle exercise for older people
  • Yoga
  • Men’s (and women's) health and well-being
  • Singing
  • Gardening
  • Computers: from Introduction to computers to web design Internet and email access
  • Car mechanics and other technical and living skills
  • Social groups such as book clubs, and scrabble groups
  • One off arts, issues based or fun community events throughout the year
  • And much more!!

There are 51 houses in our Network.

All Houses receive support from local government, either through direct funding or through in – kind activities and the provision of property.

Grants from a myriad funding organisations, including the philanthropic sector, make a significant contribution to the vital community development work of the houses.