Each week 450 people access the activities and services provided by Alphington Community Centre (ACC).
We employ less than 2 effective full time (EFT) staff but provide programs and services from 9.30am to 8.30pm most days, typically running playgroups and other activities for young families in the mornings and activities for older community members in the afternoon and into the evening, including lunches, art and craft groups, counselling, choir, ukulele and more. On weekends our centre opens as a toy library, is hired for children’s birthday parties and hosts creative workshops and community events. Our doors are typically open 60 hours a week.
At ACC our vision is that we are ‘working together to build and strengthen our community’. Our underlying goal is to reduce social isolation in our community, and we work to achieve this by: enabling individuals to lead active, creative and sustainable lives; nurturing community connections; and actioning a fairer society for everyone.
At ACC individual and organisational partnerships are at the core of our ability to deliver. On average 24 volunteers help in some way each week. Some run programs such as line dancing, peer support playgroup and computers/tablets for seniors. Others knit for charity, help cook and serve community lunch and maintain our lovely outdoor spaces.
And each month we work with 18 community organisations. These include Darebin Libraries to facilitate our book clubs, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for whom we are a collection point for emergency food relief, SecondBite who support our community lunches and the Alphington Bowls Club with whom we partner in our access all abilities bowls program.
ACC is a neighbourhood house located in the heart of Alphington. It is managed by paid staff and is governed by a volunteer committee. Our ongoing funding comes from the State Government’s Neighbourhood House Coordination Program, and from both the City of Yarra and City of Darebin.
ACC began in 1982 as the Alphington Self-Help Exchange (ASHE) to provide activities and support services primarily for women at home with young children. Today we provide services for the whole community.
ACC is proud to be one of over 400 neighbourhood houses in Victoria.
Working together to build and strengthen our community
As a neighbourhood house we:
Enable individuals to lead an active, creative and sustainable life
Nurture community connections, and
Action a fairer society for all.
To understand and meet community needs
We employ a community development framework to guide programming.
We are strategic and focus on the things that will make a difference.
To be compassionate, respectful and inclusive
We value individuals and put ourselves in others’ shoes.
We are flexible and kind-hearted.
We prioritise the most vulnerable in our community.
To be financially robust
We maintain rigorous accounting processes to ensure our organisation is transparent and accountable.
We leverage our income to make the most of opportunities.
To increase community ownership of our neighbourhood house
We listen and engage with people and ideas with a ‘can do’ attitude.
We look for partnership opportunities and shared projects.
Our Strategic Plan is accompanied by an Operational Plan that is updated annually to outline a work agenda that is both realistic and aspirational (that is to say it includes the projects that are already funded that we plan to implement and those projects for which we need to secure funding to start).