DNC’s Value Contribution to Our Community

There are fourteen Neighbourhood Houses across the Central Highlands providing safe and supportive opportunities to connect with people in our community, through programs, events and volunteering.

The Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre is one of them.  We respond to the unique interests and opportunities of our local community, to support local resilience through activities which can include interest-based workshops and groups, adult education and community activities.

The Central Highlands Association of Neighbourhood Houses (CHANH) coordinates and supports all of these Neighbourhood Houses, including DNC.

CHANH has provided a consolidated review of the effectiveness of our neighbourhood centres, highlighting the ‘value-added’ to our communities.

Their review shows that the fourteen Centres had a total income of $4,265,742 over the past twelve months.

The value of the services provided with that income amounts to $19,608,140.  That value includes:

  • Improved quality of life through social connection: $3,705,700
  • Volunteer contributions: $1,853,582
  • Emergency relief provided: $1,368,614
    • Food and groceries: $1,353,134
    • Food vouchers: $12,000
    • Clothing: $1,080
    • Personal care & hygiene items: $2,400
  • Services provided: $2,227,224
    • Computer/internet usage: $8,616
    • Facilities use or hire: $1,646,004
    • Résumé assistance: $15,840
    • Tax Help: $700
    • Auspicing other organisations: $20,239
    • Community lunch, frozen or other meals: $129,840
    • Fee for service activities: $284,735
    • Power Saving Bonus: $121,250
  • Adult Community Education: $10,256,812
  • Social enterprise goods & services: $196,207

This community value equates to:

  • $4.60 for every $1 of income
  • $13.68 for every $1 of Neighbourhood House Coordination Program funding
  • Over $597.59 for every hour the neighbourhood houses are in use.
  • Employment value: 49.9 FTE JOBS

DNC is very proud of our efforts for our community as identified by this survey.


DNC Joke of the Week

A man lay sprawled across three seats in the cinema.

When the usherette came by and noticed this, she whispered to the old man “Sorry sir, but you’re only allowed one seat”.

The old man didn’t budge. The usherette became more impatient. She said “Sir, if you don’t move from there I’m going to have to call the manager.”

Once again the old man just muttered and did nothing. The usherette marched briskly up the aisle, and returned with the manager. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the old dishevelled man, but with no success. Finally they summoned the police.

The officer surveyed the situation briefly, then asked “All right mate, what’s your name?”

“Fred” the old man moaned.

“Where you from, Fred?” asked the police officer.

With a terrible strain in his voice, and without moving, Fred replied…



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