Engage in life @ Span!

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


Our Annual Report & Anthology

Our financial year is a calendar year (January – December). 

Please click on the 2022 Annual Report for further reading of the most recently published report.

The Anthology is written by our students from both our writing programs and edited by the tutor and professional writer, Tania Chandler.

Composting @ SPAN 

The Span Community Garden will be open on the third Saturday of the month, for you to drop-in and learn about all things compost, for FREE.

Come and meet the dedicated volunteer compost team. Learn more about the Span composting process. Be hands-on and turn your kitchen scraps into beautiful compost for our thriving and ever-expanding veggie patch.

You are invited to join us on: 

Saturday 19 August, 9.30 – 11.00 am

Saturday 16 September, 9.30 – 11.00 am.

Saturday 21 October, 9.30 – 11.00 am.

Any questions? Call Sarah on 9480 1364 or email programs@spanhouse.org or go to our Sustainable page and scroll down to “Get Involved”.



Span won the Darebin Community – Sustainability Award Community Group of the Year.

For delivering its ‘RRR Hub’ focused on engaging the Darebin community in opportunities to Repair, Reuse and Recycle more to avoid waste, reduce community members carbon footprint and contribute to the local circular economy. Staff and volunteers have worked hard establishing such an important program for the community.

Our External RRR Hub is now open 24/7 for your convenience

Register here to get a code for a super convenient drop off experience, making you a local sustainability superstar!

Click through here for more info about the items we collect for reuse and recycling to help you improve your environmental footprint.

DNHN Climate Action and Resilience Plan

The Critical Decade

The science of climate change tells us we are, here an now, in a time when we have to act before it’s too late.

The language around this can be hard to understand and can be scary, but there are things we can all do in our lives to play a part in this.

If you think about your every day life you’ll recognise how climate change is already playing out in real ways…

  • > Hotter days more often
  • > Big, damaging winds
  • > Downpours of intense rain 

And how does it impact us…?                                       

Click on the picture for further information                                                                                          

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. 
Click on the pamphlet to see the community programs on offer in Darebin.
You can read more about other Learn Local Adult Further Education (ACFE) Courses in Victoria here.


   Community Bank – Clifton Hill 


Span Community House is very pleased to announce our partnership with the Community Bank Clifton Hill – North Fitzroy!!

This partnership makes a huge difference in the delivery of the valuable community services we offer. To date, they have contributed nearly $4million back to our Community.

We encourage all our members and supporters to support the bank who support us. 

They are a full-service competitive bank with a friendly and knowledgeable branch team. The bank is conveniently located at 101 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill open 9:30am-4:00pm Monday to Friday.

Don’t forget to mention you were referred to by Span Community House so they know to look after you and our beloved House.

Contact Branch Manager David Fielder for all your banking needs on 0403 130 283 or at david.fielder@bendigoadelaide.com.au

Thank you to the Community Bank Clifton Hill! 

Better Banking. Big Impact!