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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

Delivery in Term 3
Due to current restrictions and to ensure the health and safety of our community, Span will not be commencing any face to face delivery in term 3 at this stage. But watch this space and we will keep you all informed. You can continue to contact us via email admin@spanhouse.org or leaving a message on 94801364.[…]
Strutt Your Stuff. Reviewing the highlights of 2019.
In preparation for Span’s 2019 AGM, which will be held online on Thursday 16th July, we have been reflecting back through 2019. We were reminded of the great event that was held at Span early in 2019 – Strutt Your Stuff. This event was organised by Sheena Mathieson who will be our guest speaker at our AGM, and a large group of volunteers. Check out the youtube clip of this great event. It was great fun. Click on the picture.[…]
Thanks to Bunnings for our recent donations
Span’s Community Garden looks forward to reopening the gate in the not too distant future. Our new Garden Coordinator Glenn, has been busy pruning and mulching in preparation. Span would like to acknowledge the generous donation of materials from Bunning’s Fairfield for the garden.[…]
Imagine you were born in 1900
When you’re 14, World War I begins and ends when you’re 18 with 22 million dead. Soon after a global pandemic, the Spanish Flu, appears, killing 50 million people. And you’re alive and 20 years old. When you’re 29 you survive the global economic crisis that started with the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange, causing inflation, unemployment and famine. When you’re 33 years old the nazis come to power. When you’re 39, World War II begins and ends when you’re 45 years old with a 60 million dead. In the Holocaust 6 million Jews die. When you’re 52, the Korean War begins. When you’re 64, the Vietnam War begins and ends when you’re 75. A child born in 1985 thinks his grandparents have no idea how difficult life is, but they have survived several wars and catastrophes. Today we have all the comforts in a new world, amid a new pandemic. But we complain because we need to wear masks. We complain because we must stay confined to our homes where we have food, electricity, running water, wifi, even Netflix! None of that existed back in the day. But humanity survived those circumstances and never lost their joy of living. A small change in our perspective can generate miracles. We should be thankful that we are alive. We should do everything we need to do to protect and help each other.[…]

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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