Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House has celebrated its 30th birthday and officially opened its rejuvenated Op Shop.
Since 1983 the Neighbourhood House and its staff and volunteers have played a significant support role for many local residents, and were at the heart of the response and recovery effort in the wake of January's devastating bushfires.
This service outgrew the original small shop and is now being supported through an investment of $97,000 from the $2m. Capital Investment Program for Neighbourhood Houses.
The new building also provides space for other activities including a men's shed that will increase the range of programs and services that can be supported.
The shop raises vital additional funding and is also an invaluable social asset for the community.
The birthday celebrations were a great opportunity to congratulate the staff and the many volunteers who had dedicated time over the years.
From school holiday programs, parenting support and a wonderful healthy living program that has introduced circuit training and Pilates – staff and volunteers at the house have shown great innovation and commitment to the wellbeing of local residents.
During the recent bushfires, staff and volunteers played a critical emotional, social and practical role for local residents.
The neighbourhood house offered support and services such as showers and internet access.
Staff and volunteers continue to support their community while also enduring great personal loss and trauma.
There is no greater evidence of the commitment to community wellbeing than the Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House, its board, staff and volunteers.
31 August 2013