Community owned and operated, Watsonia Neighbourhood House provides social inclusion, mutual support, community participation and lifelong learning opportunities.

Our Vision

Creating community, fostering friendship, living and learning

Our Mission

Continuing to build an inviting and creative environment where community needs are addressed, life skills developed and well-being and harmony fostered


47 Lambourn Road, Watsonia (Melways 20D4). Phone: 9434 6717. See Map

Set in the peaceful and treed environs of Aminya Reserve at the corner of Kenmare Street and Lambourn Road, Watsonia. Public transport is nearby, trains run half-hourly on the Hurstbridge line and the station is about 10 minutes' walk away.
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Buses serve the Watsonia shopping strip.
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Office Hours

The office hours are Mon - Fri, 9:30 - 3:00pm


The house has three part-time paid staff, tutors and social group facilitators and a team of volunteers who organise and carry out the day to day running of the house and its programs.  More information about our staff is available here and for our volunteers in particular here.

From time to time there are both paid and volunteers positions available at the House.  For more information about these is available here.

Committee of Management

The Committee of Management (CoM) is the legally responsible body of Watsonia Neighbourhood House Incorporated.  More information about our Committee of Management is available here.

Annual Report

The Annual Report for the 2019-2020 Financial Year can be downloaded here.

The Neighbourhood House Network

The North East Neighbourhood House Network (NENHN) is a network of 33 Neighbourhood Houses in the North East of Melbourne.  Neighbourhood Houses Victoria (NHV) is the peak body for the Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre Sector in Victoria.

These organisations:

    • Provide professional development for co-ordinators and committees
    • Facilitate support and information sharing
    • Promote and advocate on behalf of houses, in general and individually
    • Develop projects addressing common issues

Supporters of the House

Watsonia Neighbourhood House acknowledges the support of the following individuals and organisations:

    • Victorian Government Department of Human Services for providing the funding for the employment of the Coordinator.
    • Banyule City Council for providing generous support, in particular the buildings and grounds (and their maintenance) and financial support.
    • Colin Brooks MP and staff for the printing of the Program and Newsletter at the start of each Term.
    • Barry Plant Real Estate for providing signage promoting the House.
    • Bunnings Thomastown for giving us the opportunity to operate a sausage sizzle for fundraising on their premises and for providing prizes on occasions.
    • Thrifty Link Bizz Buzz Hardware at Watsonia.

More about the House

Watsonia Neighbourhood House brings people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities, using a community development approach.

Community development is about enabling communities to identify and address their own needs. It starts from the assumption that communities have existing strengths and assets that make them part of the solution. Community development practice is about doing with, rather than doing for.

Watsonia Neighbourhood House welcomes people from all walks of life. This inclusive approach creates opportunities for individuals and groups to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make.

Watsonia Neighbourhood House is governed by a volunteer Committee of Management and run by paid staff with assistance from volunteers. It offers opportunities to participate, learn, volunteer and get to know the community.

Activities are generally run at low or no cost to participants. These include:

    • Health and wellbeing activities
    • Art and craft
    • Computer training / digital literacy
    • Community events
    • Self help and support groups
    • Social Groups

The Victorian Government's Department of Human Services provides funding for 30 hours of staff funding. Other sources of income include Banyule City Council and funds generated by the House itself. Banyule City Council provides and maintains the buildings and facilities.


Watsonia Neighbourhood House originally commenced as a community provider in the early 1990s in a shop front location in the main street of Watsonia. As the popularity of this drop-in centre grew, Council was lobbied for a larger venue and at about 1991 the House moved to its present location at 47 Lambourne Road.