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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

Face to face delivery
Due to the changed restrictions and to ensure the health and safety of our community, Span will not be commencing any face to face delivery in term 3. There will be no room hire available. Due to restrictions put in place for Melbourne, this decision has been taken out of Span’s hands. However, we have some great activities online. OM:NI (older men new ideas), Pilates, Tai Chi for Healthy Minds and Bodies, Art for All Abilities x 2, Artistic Development, Cooking, Gentle Exercise, Thornbury Writers Group, Creative Writing and Tax Help. It’s easy to link into these programs via zoom. If you are not comfortable in linking Span staff and trained digital mentors can give you over the phone support. So please contact us. You can continue to contact us via email admin@spanhouse.org or leaving a message on 94801364.[…]
Referral information
Span are currently working on an information list of other programs running online with other Neighbourhood Houses. Once this is in place, staff will be able to advise you of any programs in the north east area that may be of interest to you. More information to follow.[…]
Volunteer access to COVID-19 support payments in Victoria
The COVID-19 Worker Support Payment is a one-off $1,500 payment to financially support Victorian workers who have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they have either been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case. For more information check out this link. COVID-19 Worker Support Payment[…]
Some resources from Darebin Council
https://lively.org.au/ Lively is a not for profit organisation who believe that young and older people have so much to offer each other, and so much to gain from connecting. Lively train and employ young jobseekers to provide services that help older people stay connected and live well. Why? 4 in 10 older people feel lonely, isolated and disconnected. 13% of Australia’s young people can’t find a job. They can assist with home care, technology and gardening. Contact hello@lively.org.au or 90704746. With the current Covid-19 restrictions in place these services may be limited, but contact Lively for more information. Some things Lively Helpers can support you with include: Help keeping the house and garden clean and tidy. • Assistance with shopping and basic meal preparation. • Company to pursue your interests and hobbies. • Transport to help you get out and about. • Help with walking or caring for pets. • Help with personal care and medication management. • Help with learning about and using new technology. • And much more![…]
Download the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) materials with translations
For more information of translated announcements visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronovirus. For the most recent translations visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/translations Please advise anyone who is concerned to call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 hours). For translator support, call TIS National on 131 450. Thank you Multicultural Affairs Department of Premier and Cabinet[…]

To download a copy of our Annual Report click on the images below.  Semester 2 2020 Learning Activities and Support Program Brochure (available soon).                                

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.



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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