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Span Community House is a dynamic hub of community, learning, assistance, support and sustainability, in the heart of Thornbury, providing community development opportunities.

We offer a diverse range of programs covering areas from digital literacy to art, health and wellbeing to gardening. We offer skill development, pathways to further study or employment, information sharing, support and assistance service, and activities for fun.

What is the advantage of visiting and engaging with a local community organisation? Supporting Span supports the community. Activities are excellent value for money as fees are calculated to only cover costs. Tutors and facilitators are skilled and qualified, and class sizes are kept to a minimum allowing individual attention and support from tutors. Staff and volunteers at Span offer a comfortable, supportive, welcoming and friendly environment.

Everyone is welcome. Our facilities are accessible for all. If you wish to enrol in a course or activity, meet other community members, require some support or assistance, then Span is the place for you.

We look forward to welcoming you to Span. It’s your house!

Colleen Duggan

Weekly Messages from Staff

Welcome to Glenn, farewell to Audrey
Span wish to welcome our new Community Garden Coordinator, Glenn. Glenn has commenced with us during an unusual time with staff working from home and the volunteers not around. However, the garden volunteers will start returning soon. But Glenn hasn’t been relaxing!  He’s working in the garden and on the compost. Welcome Glenn! We look forward to working with you as a team. It was with sadness though that Audrey has resigned and moved to northern Victoria. Audrey hopes to continue her move to Alice Springs when we all get back to normal. Audrey implemented many new ideas in the garden, was a great team member and developed a wonder rapport with the volunteers. She will be greatly missed.[…]
Span’s Annual General Meeting
Span’s AGM will be held on Thursday 16th July at 7pm via zoom. So pop it in your diary. A link to the zoom meeting is on our home page spanhouse.org Please join us to celebrate our work in 2019. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP admin@spanhouse.org or 9480 1364 and leave a message at least 2 days prior to the meeting if possible.[…]
Then and Now
Span has two High Tea events for Family Carers each year. Pictured is a throwback photo with Barb C and Carmen. The other recent photo Carmen, Barb S and Barb C. We miss our volunteers.[…]
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week will be celebrated from 27th May to 3rd June. The theme for 2020 is “In this together”. Another very timely theme!! At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians. If you wish to be involved in some virtual events visit https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/[…]
A laugh to start the week
Sammy J home schooling. Click on the picture to watch the video.[…]

Come along and find out what services are available in your neighbourhood and join in an activity to find the support, relaxation or learning you need.

Span may at times change class dates so that we achieve the minimum number of students. After checking our brochure, Facebook and the "What's On" section in the local newspaper we recommend calling us direct to enquire about the course that you are interested in. You can also refer to our What's On page for special events we offer.

To download a copy of our Annual Report click on the images below.  Semester 1 2020 Learning Activities and Support Program Brochure (available soon).                                


Darebin Neighbourhood House Network






Span is part of the Darebin Neighbourhood House Network. The DNHN comprises of seven Houses that work together to deliver a diverse range of community programs and services.

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