Facilitating Collaboration with Neighbourhood Houses

Facilitating Collaboration with Neighbourhood Houses

Facilitating Collaboration in Local Neighbourhoods is funded through the Australian Government Department of Social Services’ Strengthening Communities Program, Community Development and Participation Fund.  The aim of this project is to strengthen and integrate community service systems to facilitate access and community participation of vulnerable people, and improve wellbeing and family functioning.  The delivery of a range of community and place-based education, training and networking strategies will build the capacity within local communities to identify and respond to alcohol and other drug (AOD) use incorporating priorities for families in the context of child harm/neglect.  20150622 ATDC NHT Launch 002The program was launched on Monday 22 June 2015 at the Bucaan Community House in Chigwell, Tasmania.

The latest news on the project can be found here. Read the latest on Neighbourhood Houses here.


20150622 ATDC NHT Launch 019The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council (ATDC) is working in partnership with Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania (NHT) to meet five key objectives:

  1. Build networks and linkages to improve responsiveness and integration of local community services;
  2. Build capacity across Tasmania’s Neighbourhood Houses to deliver appropriate quality support to community members with AOD related health and social needs;
  3. Continuous quality improvement across the ATDC, and the member organisations of ATDC and NHT;
  4. Reduction of AOD related stigma across the community; and
  5. Development and implementation of Project Evaluation Framework.


The Be the Change program is an eight session group program aimed at providing skills and support to people who have a partner or family member experiencing substance use issues.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding addiction
  • Bringing about change within ourselves
  • Self-care skills
  • Managing relationships

Be the Change groups will take place in ten Neighbourhood Houses throughout the state, and will be facilitated by experienced AOD counsellors.  There is no cost for participation, and the groups are open to anyone over the age of 18. Details on how to participate can be found here


Neighbourhood Houses have a lot on offer to assist people recovering from substance use issues.  Neighbourhood Houses can provide:

  • social support and a sense of belonging
  • activities to help rebuild confidence, including literacy programs and other training opportunities
  • opportunities to volunteer and contribute

Neighbourhood Houses also offer a safe and welcoming place for workers to engage with their clients.

The ATDC and Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania invite AOD workers to attend a Neighbourhood House Tour so that you can gain a greater sense of the work that Neighbourhood Houses do and how this may be of benefit to your clients.

The tours are being held in the North on 28 November, North West on 29 November and in the South on 1 December 2016.  There is no cost and transport and lunch will be provided.  Further information can be found here.

There are limited spaces on these bus tours so please register your interest quickly!  Phone Jonathon at Neighbourhood House Tasmania on 6228 6515, or email jonathan@nht.org.au.

A range of strategies will be rolled out including:

  • ATDC’s bus tours, connecting neighbourhood houses with local AOD services;
  • joint ATDC and NHT events to enable networking opportunities between members;
  • delivery of place-based education, information and support activities;
  • workforce development opportunities for ATDC and NHT members eg outreach models, community development approaches, and understanding the synergy between AOD and family and domestic violence; and
  • exploring opportunities to tackle discrimination faced by families experiencing drug use firsthand.

For further information or to be involved contact the Project Officer on 03 6231 5002 or fcln@atdc.org.au.

For information on Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania visit their website.