Innovations and Good Practice Expo

In 2014, Network West in partnership with Kensington Neighbourhood House were funded through the ACFE Capacity and Innovation Fund Grant to identify and showcase areas of innovation, best practice and successful partnerships across the network.

There were three parts to the project: the Neighbourhood House Community Governance Project, Innovation and Orientation Tours and the Innovations and Good Practice Expo.

The Expo was held on Thursday 13 August 2015 and included a range of guest presentations and workshops that gave staff, coordinators and committees of management an opportunity to share innovative practice, build partnerships, network and undertake professional development.


Key Note Address
The People's House: neighbourhood houses, community development and participatory democracy

by Helen Rodd, Network West Chairperson

Innovative Programs in Adult Education - Presentation of 3 case studies

  1. Emerging Cultural Leaders - Footscray Community Arts Centre
  2. English for Heavy Vehicle Licence - Kensington Neighbourhood House
  3. Financial Literacy - Wingate Avenue Community Centre

Social Media - Does my Centre really need it? Where do I start
Growing Your Community through Social Media - Marie Delaney, My Marketing Coach

Innovative Programs in Community Development - Presentation of 4 case studies

  1. Soul House - Footscray West Neighbourhood House
  2. Norfolk Terrace Gardening Project - Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre
  3. Cultural Cooking Program - Wyndham Vale Community Learning Centre
  4. Community Learning Champions (CLC) - North Melbourne Language & Learning

Engaging Disengaged Learners
Engaging Disengaged Learners - Sally Brennan

Innovative Partnerships - Presentation of 3 case studies

  1. INC Educatin and Advisory Services Co-op
  2. Brimbank Neighbourhood House Partnership Group
  3. Wyndham CEC and Federation University

Engaging Your Community in the Strategic Planning Process
Engaging Your Community
 - Penny Jordan, Moonee Valley City Council

Preparing for the NDIS - Barwon Network Share Their Experience
National Disability Insurance Scheme and Neighbourhood Houses - Only 228 Days to Full Roll Out! - Christine Brooks

Effective Volunteer Management
Attracting, Recruiting and Supporting Your Volunteers - Kathryn Jenkins, Volunteer West



For more photos and short video clips from the August 2015 Expo go here