Kenley Court Neighbourhood House

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18 Kenley Court, Meadow Heights 3048     Ph: 9309 8435

Welcome to Kenley Court Neighbourhood House where, under the guidance of Banksia Gardens Community Services, we support children, young people, seniors, men and women to engage with their community. We reach out and empower local community groups, especially newly arrived refugees, with a safe and trusted space to come together, share their stories and discuss issues. KCNH’s philosophy and practice encourages us to learn from our community, to gain their wisdom and support them to be empowered and have ownership and control over their lives.

Food Bank Program

The Foodbank Program is delivered by Northpoint Centre with direct support from KCNH community development staff. Providing food parcels to families in need every Thursday at 1:00pm-3:30pm, this program is a key tool in building relationships through informal conversations with those most in need within our community. Our team supports these families in various areas including housing, settlement, translation, completing forms, referrals to local services and programs, as well as engaging them in KCNH various programs.

Kenley Girls Circle

Girls Circle

Girls Circle is a creative self-development group for girls aged 10 to 14, providing a safe space to engage in fun activities, share quality time with new and old friends, develop skills and be supported to aspire to positive futures; all based upon our principles of gender equality and family violence prevention.

 

20161215_162959Mobile Youth Van

The Mobile Youth Van program (M.Y.Van) is an innovative education and child support program delivered in partnership with Save the Children. M.Y.Van supports Meadow Height’s most vulnerable and hard to reach young people to improve their health and wellbeing, through the use of a retro-fitted van as a hub for music, digital media and sports. The program runs every Wednesday and Thursday during school term.

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20170405_151920Youth Excursions

Every school holidays we conduct excursions for the young people and their families, who are enrolled in various youth youth programs at KCNH. Excursions have included indoor sports, Melbourne Zoo, Airborn indoor trampoline, bowling and laser tag.

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Northern Turkish Women’s Group

Every school The Northern Turkish Women’s Group is a gathering of senior Turkish women that come together every Wednesday where they socialise, cook and invite guest speakers to deliver information services about various services. The aims of the group are to improve education and health, overcome depression, isolation; remove barriers, improve socialisation skills and increase participation of Turkish women in the wider community; promote a better understanding of Victorian ethnic groups within our society; and encourage women to share, learn and further develop their skills.

7 (2)Bhutanese Nepali Community Ethnic School of Melbourne

KCNH is passionate about encouraging and empowering local community groups. The Bhutanese Nepali Community Ethnic School of Melbourne is based at KCNH  to educate and empower their children, aged 4 to 12 years, through various activities. The main goal of the group is to increase students’ engagement in learning the Nepali language and culture.

Senior Iraqi/Syrian Men’s Group

KCNH provides a safe space for senior Iraqi and Syrian refugee men to come together two days a week in order to socialise, have coffee and play some of their local board games. It is a great program to engage these men, connect them to their community and tackle isolation.

Drop In Food and Support Program for Newly Arrived Refugees and Migrants

This exciting project, funded by the Department of Justice and Regulation, consists of a weekly drop in support service  and fortnightly dinners for newly arrived migrant and refugee young people and their families; the fortnightly dinners use fresh produce from the KCNH community garden. During the drop in sessions, staff and volunteers will provide individual settlement and employment support, and link families to local external support services and the wider community.

IMG_2402Community Garden

The KCNH community garden is thriving following the redesign of the outdoor space and expansion of the garden in 2017. Primarily managed by our wonderful dedicated volunteers, the community garden produces an abundance of vegetables that are sold to the local community for a gold coins and are used in the cooking classes as part of our youth groups as well as the dinners for the Drop In Food and Support Program.

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For more information and to join a program, contact:

Michael Mansour – Kenley Court Neighbourhood House Coordinator

Ph: 9309 8435 or michael.m@banksiagardens.org.au