A safe and inclusive place for the community to engage, connect and thrive.

Who We Are

Our History

West Footscray Neighbourhood House was established in 1989 and started off entirely volunteer run. Neighbourhood houses exist to meet community need and at that time council and university studies identified social isolation/limited opportunities for social interaction, a lack of adequate childcare, language barriers to participation, a high proportion of families on low income, and a high proportion of single parent families. 

The house was in an actual four bedroom house in Barkly Street West Footscray before moving to its purpose-built space above West Footscray Library in 2006. Today community need is remarkably similar and some of the early programs remain and have grown. 

 

Our mission

We strive to empower people in our community by developing programs that are creative, inclusive and encourage connection and togetherness.

Our values

Social connection
We provide opportunities for people to be connected to their community.

Inclusivity
We are a place where everyone is welcome.

Community participation
We work with and for our community to meet their needs.

Dignity
We treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Creativity
We think outside the box to find ways to achieve our goals.

Committee

West Footscray Neighbourhood House is governed by a Committee of Governance made up of people who live in our local community. 

David Pearce

DAVID PEARCE
Chair

David is our longest serving committee member and always makestime to put together a policy for us.

He’s also a very keen volunteer at events and a legendary BBQ hand.

David

HELEN RODD
Treasurer

Helen is an iconic local community development worker 

Amy Norman

KATE RUNCIMAN
Secretary

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Mary Mitchell

KELLY POWERS
Member

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Amy Norman

NATASHA PARKER
Member

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Mary Mitchell

MARCELA RIGG
Member

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Hannah Jackson

BRIONY SINGTON
Member

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EMILE OWENS
Member

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Staff

Marianne Wangira

MARIANNE WANGIRA
Manager

Marianne Wangira is the Manager of West Footscray Neighbourhood House. She oversees our facilities, staff and volunteers, our services and programs, and our partnerships with other organisations.

New to the house in 2021 she hit the ground running by updating our strategic plan. Her background is in some really people-focused not for profits.

Gloria Peterson

FIONA ECKLEY
Financial Officer | Early Childhood Educator

Fiona Eckley holds two roles in the organisation working part time in the office in part time in our childcare. She has a background working in a big four bank and gifts us those extraordinary organisation capabilites as one of our longest serving staff members.

She’s also a skilled communicator and is likely to be the one fielding your enquiries when you email or phone.

Hannah Jackson

TANIA JORQUERA
Community Programs Coordinator

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REBECCA GELSI
Marketing Coordinator

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Hannah Jackson

LILY TORCELLO
Children's Services Coordinator

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VILMA APILO
Early Years Educator

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Mark Brooks

LIZA MCKAY
Early Years Educator

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Kevin Stanley

Employment Services Manager

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Get Involved

There are many ways to help our cause

Donate

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Volunteer

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