Celebrating local cohesion | Brimbank and North West

Max Hatzoglou

Community Houses across Australia, including eleven in Brimbank, celebrated Community House Week last week and the work they do to enrich lives.

Brimbank’s Neighborhood Houses and Community Centers aim to provide individuals with the opportunity to enrich their lives through social connection, culture and learning.

They are friendly places for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Over the past week, neighborhood homes and centers have held various sessions for the community, including sewing, coding for kids, woodworking, chess, arts and more.

Brimbank Mayor Jasmine Nguyen said the neighborhood houses were a great opportunity for community members to get involved.

“Neighborhood houses help build resilient, healthy and connected communities,” she said.

“The programs are about meeting people, having fun, developing skills and celebrating culture and diversity.

“Excellent examples include our Seeders and Weeders and Men’s Shed programs.

“Located in the Community Gardens of the Westvale Community Centre, Seeders and Weeders brings together people from diverse backgrounds to share cultural knowledge by growing food, cooking and sharing stories.

“The Men’s Shed carpentry program connects men and allows them to work together on personal or group projects.

“It allows them to learn new skills and improve existing skills.

“It also gives men the opportunity to take an interest in their own health and well-being through socializing, helping to break the cycle of high culture that men shouldn’t express their feelings and emotions.

“I encourage you to visit your neighborhood house soon and be part of the many activities available.”

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