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At 12:45pm, on 2 May 2018 as part of Neighbourhood House Week, 150 community members, volunteers, staff, politicians and corporate CEO’s from across Tasmania will gather at Parliament House. We’ll celebrate the powerful stories and data that demonstrates the impact of the 35 Neighbourhood Houses in local communities.
NHT will launch a report Making a Difference for our Communities: The evidence of the impact of Tasmania’s Neighbourhood House Network. Three Houses (West Moonah, St Helens and East Devonport) will share stories that bring the report to life.
Including Hith Thapa, who came to Tasmania in 2010 after 20 years in a refugee camp in Nepal, gained his license through West Moonah Community House (WMCH). His license enabled him to get a job AND he has now assisted, with support of WMCH 18 other members of the refugee community. In his own words “I now work as a full time Apprentice Chef at Henry Jones, am buying my own house and help new refugees coming to Tasmania”
Hith is one of the hundreds of people every year who, through Neighbourhood Houses, receive support and then give so much more back to the community through the Neighbourhood House.
Hith and the other speakers will be available to speak to media at the event.
Politicians, community and corporate supporters of the network will also be in the room, including, the CEO of Aurora, Rebecca Kardos who will speak at the event and has said “ The Neighbourhood House Network is a long standing partner of Aurora, as we see what the network achieves with, and for, their 35 communities.”
John Hooper, Executive Officer of Neighbourhood Houses said of the report: “Houses have been changing lives for decades, and now we have the data and stories to prove it.”
“In 2016/17 there were over 770,000 contacts by community members, and 1,411 Volunteers contributed 266,000 hours of their time – an average of 4.4 FTE per House! And more importantly 89% of participants became more connected to their community; 72% of people are more confident and 81% have improved family relationships”
Houses across the state will locally be holding events through NH Week and you can find some of those events here: http://nht.org.au/events/nhw/
For more details and stories The report (available here: http://nht.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/NHT-Making-A-Difference-For-Our-Communities-Report-Web.pdf )

Neighbourhood Houses are where people come together to support their local community, and make a difference in people’s lives. Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania is the peak body supporting the network of 35 Houses.
For a two minute video overview of the work of Neighbourhood Houses visit: http://nht.org.au/video/
John Hooper