Innovations Forum

This biennial forum is an opportunity to share good practice, network and be inspired by innovative methods of community development.

The 2017 Forum was held @ Encore Events, Hoppers Crossing on 16 November and attended by 80 people made up of staff, committees of management members and volunteers from Neighbourhood Houses / Community Centres from across the western region and key stakeholders from local government, community agencies and the broader community.

A big thank you to the steering committee for organising the event, Wyndham and Melton Councils for their generous sponsorship and to the presenters and participants that made it such a successful event.


Conversation Starter – Helen Rodd Community Development Practitioner / Educator Victoria Polytechnic
‘The Neighbourhood House sector is at a crossroads. In this current landscape of change, where do Neighbourhood Houses / Community Centres fit into the community services sector?’
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Session 1:Access and Equity: How do we ensure fair and equitable access for all people in our Neighbourhood Houses / Community Centres?

Engaging and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
Kerrie Godbold Community Development Officer | Marie Mullins Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre Project Officer | Wyndham City Council 
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Pathways to Participation Project – Project undertaken to identify barriers experienced by people with a disability in undertaking volunteering and work experience in Brimbank
Lana Bedford Coordinator | Julyne Ainsley Vice President | Duke Street Community House
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Session 2: Active Citizenship: How do we ensure the voices of the community are included in Neighbourhood Houses / Community Centres?

Codesign in Practice – Penny Jordan | Principal Consultant | Codesign Studios
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Story & Strategy – The role of story in motivating action and winning campaigns
Julian Cleary | Community Mobilisation Project Leadcohealth
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Download ‘Ethical and Effective Storytelling in Advocacy’ – 2 page summary
Download ‘Questions before undertaking Advocacy’

NHVic Budget & Election CampaignTania Phillips | Campaign Manager | NHVic
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Click Here for a description of all workshops

Photos by Julie Johnston. More photos to come