Sewing & Craft


Classes run for 8-10 weeks per term, 4 terms per year.

To enrol, call in at our office between 9:30am and 3:00pm (Mon to Friday) or complete our online Enrolment/Registration Form.  Alternatively there is an Enrolment/Registration Form you can download, print out and send to us. Enrolments for all but computer classes are onging and can be made at any time during a term.

A deposit of $20 is needed on booking to ensure a place in a class. The remainder can be paid by credit card (in the office or over the phone - 1.5% bank charge applies), by EFTPOS, cash or cheque (in the office) or by bank transfer (ring office for details) and needs to be made prior to commencement of the class.  Classes will fill quickly and bookings are essential!

Information about classes at other Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres throughout Banyule can be obtained here.

  • Diamond-Valley-FoodshareWatsonia Neighbourhood House is a drop off point for Diamond Valley Food Share. Donations are collected each week.

    Diamond Valley Food Share is a voluntary organisation ensuring emergency food parcels are available to needy people in the municipality of Banyule.

    The Intent of Diamond Valley Foodshare Inc.:

    We ensure that a nutritionally balanced emergency food parcel is always available to people who require assistance to survive homelessness, unemployment, illness or an immediate crisis.

    Recent Accomplishments of Diamond Valley Foodshare Inc.:

    Through the generosity of our volunteers, our local community and philanthropy our group has continued providing emergency food parcels since 1992.

    Current Activities of Diamond Valley Foodshare Inc.:

    We pack and distribute food parcels each week day between the hours of 1pm to 3 pm . During 2013 Foodshare provided 1,994 food parcels making a difference in the lives of 4,500 people in our local community. To date in 2014 we notice a 20% increase in numbers requiring assistance which reflects the state of our economy and increases in unemployment.


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    Volunteering is a great way to connect with and contribute to your local community, learn new skills and make friends. It can also help to build self confidence when job seeking and our positions satsify Centrelink's voluntary work requirements.

    We need a friendly person to assist in the office on Mondays during school hours. Duties will include greeting and assisting House visitors and participants, answering the telephone and replying to emails, and providing information about our services.

    We are also seeking volunteers to assist with tasks in our Community Garden on any week day during school hours. Tasks vary according to a volunteers availability.  If you have a couple of spare hours and enjoy being in the garden, we would love to hear from you.

    Our committed team of volunteers assist the running of the House in a fun and social atmosphere. Come and join us!

    - If you would like to volunteer, please call the house for more information. 9434 6717.


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    Watsonia Neighbourhood House receives funding to engage paid staff for 30 hours per week in order to co-ordinate and administer the house activities. This only covers a portion of the effort involved in keeping the house running.

    We currently have volunteers providing support with:

      • Facilitating classes and groups
      • Maintaining the building, gardens and grounds
      • Administration duties including database maintenance, filing, photocopying
      • Production & distribution of newsletters and program
      • Website support
      • Committee of Management providing governance, financial management & strategic direction
      • Working party undertaking business development & fundraising activities & marketing initiatives.

    Their work is always undertaken in a very professional manner.

    In return, the Neighbourhood House offers:

      • Training
      • Computer skills
      • Access to phone, email
      • References
      • Work experience
      • FUN!!

    Even with all this assistance, there is still much more work to be done. So we are seeking the services of more volunteers to assist with specific projects and tasks as well as general support. Finding, recruiting and training volunteers takes time (usually from other volunteers) but without a committed volunteer team we are unable grow.

    If you or someone you know, has a few hours a week to spare please let us know. Any help is always appreciated.

    We have a volunteer policy covering all these aspects of voluntary work.

    For information about other volunteering opportunities in this region contact Volunteers of Banyule.