I'm having a mid year moment as I write this on 30 June. Looking back and looking forward on 2016. I love sharing in your events and working on ideas for your houses so I though you might like to know a bit more about what is going on for the Network. This has been quite a different year for me. It's the first year without any major projects. Thomastown Neighbourhood House is no longer auspiced by the Network, they are proudly independent and thriving as an incorporated association. Liz du Toit who was a project officer with the Finding Neighbourhood Houses Online project finished up at the end of 2015 after three wonderful years of creative collaboration. We have Liz to thank for our website, supporting houses in Mailchimp and social media as well as many other behind the scenes contributions to the Network. So, with the ending of some significant chapters in the life of NENHN, it's time to consider what next.
I'm really keen to meet with as many members as possible at our Reflection and Direction Setting day on 17 August so that I can hear your thoughts on our priorities and how we can work together to achieve them.
Many of you would know that I get excited about making neighbourhood house You tube videos. These videos have been used in council presentations, funding submissions and on you websites and to promote events. I have many more project ideas brewing as houses and LGA networks keep suggesting projects. I think there is potential to further develop this function of the network. Our current strategic plan has three key directions.
- Profile Raising
- Financial Viability
On my "anything is possible" days, I imagine a media unit for neighbourhood houses operating out of the NENHN office. A creative hub where stories are crafted into works of art that touch the hearts and hip pockets of many. We know the work we do in neighbourhood houses is important, it's about sharing that message in a persuasive way that encourages more people to participate and support what we do.
Ideas have been swirling around in my head and I am grateful to members of the NENHN committee and other NENHN members who have listened to my thoughts and helped me in practical ways to make progress. We're transforming the NENHN office from a storeroom/museum that has housed paper from the past that is no longer relevant into what I hope will be an inspiring space for people to plan and create together. There is still a way to go, but I thought now is a good time to share the ideas with everyone and seek your input.
Refresh your memory of our strategic plan here
so that we're all on the same page when we meet next month in the beautiful Allwood House. And by the way, please book
so that we have enough delicious soup and bread to feed everyone.