Innovations Forum

This biennial forum is an opportunity to share good practice, network and be inspired by innovative methods of community development. Next Forum scheduled for 2019.

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.