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Budget win for Rainbow Learning Group and Neighbourhood House

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• Rainbow Learning Group and Neighbourhood House Secretary Marg Unger and Coordinator Alison Ey were pleased with the recent Budget funding announcement for neighbourhood houses.

Rainbow Learning Group and Neighbourhood House could receive funding thanks to the Victorian Government.
The Government is delivering record new funding to neighbourhood houses across Victoria to support staff, their volunteers and the local communities they serve.
Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said the 2017-18 budget commits $21.8 million across the neighbourhood house network so that more families can access the activities and services they need and want, closer to home.
The Budget investment includes the biggest ever boost to coordination hours, with an extra 76,700 hours to be delivered each year to more houses across the state.
Ms Pulford said Rainbow Learning Group and Neighbourhood House, Halls Gap Neighbourhood House and Kaniva’s LINK Neighbourhood House are all eligible for an increase, which would take their total of funded hours from 20 hours per week to 25 hours per week.
“An increase in hours means we can have more services available which is always a good thing,” Rainbow Learning Group and Neighbourhood House Coordinator, Alison Ey, said.
“Any funding we receive will be welcome and used in the best way to provide help for the entire community,” Alison said.
Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said, “We back neighbourhood houses because they’re the heart of any community, including here in the Wimmera.”
“This is a boost that will have a real impact on all those connected to neighbourhood houses, whether it be their staff, their volunteers or the people that visit them,” she said.
The extra funding takes the Government’s contribution to Rainbow Learning Group and Neighbourhood House, Halls Gap Neighbourhood House and LINK Neighbourhood House to $73,801 each per year.
Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, said it’s the biggest ever increase in funding to neighbourhood houses.
Neighbourhood Houses Victoria CEO, Nicole Battle, said neighbourhood houses are used by almost 200,000 people each week.
“This is a much-needed investment that will ensure we support even more locals, whether it’s with a warm meal, life skills and advice or just a friendly space for them to relax,” Ms Battle said.