Celebrating local cohesion

Westvale Men's Shed members celebrating Neighbourhood House Week. (supplied)

Max Hatzoglou

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

The Brimbank Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres aim to provide opportunities for individuals to enrich their lives through social connection, culture and learning.

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

Last week, the neighborhood houses and centres hosted various sessions for community including dressmaking, coding for kids, woodworking, chess, arts and more.

Brimbank mayor Jasmine Nguyen said the neighbourhood houses were a great opportunity for community members to get involved in.

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

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

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

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

“The Men’s Shed woodworking program connects men and enables them to work with each other on personal or group projects.

“It allows them to obtain new skills and enhance existing skills.

“It also gives men the opportunity to take an interest in their own health and wellbeing through socialising, helping to break the cycle of learned culture that men should not express feelings and emotions.

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

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