We are excited to have established the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House for the benefit of local residents and the broader community of the Ballarat East area including Mt Pleasant, Golden Point, Eureka, Ballarat East, Canadian, Warrenheip, and the surrounds. The main purpose of our House is to enrich our community by providing opportunities to connect, participate and learn.

The need for another House in the Ballarat East area was recognised to complement the on-going work of the three existing houses, the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre, the Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre and the Ballarat North Neighbourhood House.

In response to an application supported by the existing Neighbourhood Centres, Ballarat Community Health, the City of Ballarat and our local Department of Health and Human Services, we were successful in obtaining State Government funding to enable us to establish the new Ballarat East Neighbourhood House in 2019. 

In early 2021, we relocated to a new staff office at Barkly Square at 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat. Coordinated by lead tenant, BGT, a key objective of Barkly Square is to provide a site for community growth, education, and wellbeing. We are fortunate to join a long list of other fantastic community organisations who hold tenancies in Barkly Square. Before visiting, we recommend making an appointment by phone or email. 

Community members also enjoy our regular groups and activities at the Eureka Hall in Stawell St South, Ballarat East. We hope to be able to offer classes at Barkly Square in future - stay tuned!

In addition, we deliver community activities and events across various locations, often partnering with the other three Neighbourhood Houses and different local organisations.

The Neighbourhood Houses bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities, using a unique community development approach.

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Our Team

Manager - Sarah Greenwood-SmithPhoto of Sarah Em and Kelsie for Courier

We welcomed Sarah Greenwood-Smith to the House in August 2020. Sarah has many years of experience managing community and volunteer programs and events through her work as a Ride Director with Bicycle Network Victoria and State Coordinator of the Waterwatch Victoria Program for the (then) Department of Sustainability and Environment. More recently, Sarah has been instrumental in the development of the very successful Brown Hill Community Newsletter and the much-loved Brown Hill Community Festival.

Sarah is looking forward to getting to know the locals of Ballarat East, Eureka, Canadian, Golden Point, Warrenheip, and Mount Pleasant and working together to further develop activities and events to engage with and support the community.

Administration Assistant - Emily Brumby

Emily joined the House in April 2020 as Administration Assistant, a role which offers support in many aspects of House operations.

Emily has recently completed her Bachelor of Community and Human Services through Federation University and completed her 225 hour placement with Kate as her supervisor at BENH in 2019, which was an invaluable insight into Neighbourhood Houses. The opportunity to become part of the BENH team has offered Emily the chance to begin her career in community development. 

Digital Capacity and Engagement Officer - Kelsie White

Kelsie will be helping us to extend our community engagement in a digital and online capacity, which will include ways in which we can share our groups and activities with a wider audience. We are committed to exploring a variety of different ways in which we can deliver our programs now and into the future, and Kelsie will be an invaluable part of this development.

We are very fortunate to have Kelsie join us for six months, due to the Central Highlands Association of Neighbourhood Houses (CHAHN) having successfully applied for funding through the State Government's 'Working for Victoria' program. This has created 15 specialised Digital Capacity and Community Development positions throughout Neighbourhood Houses in our region.