Alphington Community Centre

About ACC


Alphington Community Centre (ACC) is a neighbourhood house located in the heart of Alphington. ACC 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.

Like all neighbourhood houses, ACC relies on numerous volunteers and quite a variety of long and short term partnerships to deliver our diverse range of programs each year. ACC is proud to be one of over 400 neighbourhood houses in Victoria.

Our Vision

Working together to build and strengthen our community

Our Purpose

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.

Our Goals

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).