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About Thomastown Neighbourhood House

Thomastown Neighbourhood House works within a community development framework to create community engagement through events, program delivery and volunteer opportunities and to provide benevolence and relief of disadvantage.


The TNH weekly activities include 'All Seasons'- an Art and Gardening program for people living with disabilities, 'Mindful Meditation' for community members experiencing mental health challenges or loneliness, 'Promisetown Playgroup' for carers and children experiencing isolation, 'Little Diggers'- an after-school club to provide social connection for primary schoolers and a 'Women's Circle' to connect women and to provide support and healing.


The TNH activities connect with over 100 community members weekly, with over 90% of our community from CALD backgrounds. Based at the Thomastown Library, TNH runs a social enterprise Coffee Cart daily from 9am- 12pm and this is utlised by the diverse cross section of the community who attend TNH activities and the Thomastown Library (Yarra Plenty Regional Library). The coffee cart is staffed by a small team of volunteers, made up of people living with disabilities and volunteers from CALD communities who are seeking experience to with a view to moving into the work force.

Our Core Values

The core values that inform our work are;

  • Equity - we treat staff, volunteers and all community members with fairness and respect in accordance to their needs

  • Inclusiveness - we welcome all community members equally and provide an environment that is accessible for everyone

  • Engagement - we develop strong and meaningful connections with our community

  • Diversity - we recognise and value an individual's differences

  • Honesty and integrity - we act in an ethical manner

Thomastown Neighbourhood House Team

Liz Skitch- Manager


Nessie Sayar- President

Gurneet Kay- Vice President

Judith Venables- Secretary

Raymond Rosales- Treasurer

Lena Gargano- Reddy- Board Member

Vanessa Nitsos- Board Member

Abbey Dockrey - Board Member

Shauna Patterson- Board Member

Stephanie Winther- Board Member


Andy, Max,

Nurten, David


Parul Chaudhary


Playgroup & All Seasons- Caz Dunell

Women's Group- Annie Rossini

Little Diggers- Sandrine Downer

Stitch & Fix- Julie Gareffa

Chair Yoga- Nathan Elijah


Mamita, Leah, Toula & Julie

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