NH Sector documents that Coordinators need to read:
Roles & Responsibilities of Committee of Management /Board Members:
Not for Profit Law have developed a range of resources to support Committees of Management of community organisations including Neighbourhood Houses including:
The Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA):
The Institute of Community Directors Australia provides information, tools and training to support not-for-profit boards, committees, councils, schools, and their staff.
Support for NHs experiencing difficulty:
Neighbourhood House networks play an important role in supporting neighbourhood houses experiencing difficulty. Their role includes identifying houses at risk and providing support at the earliest possible opportunity.
Member NHs are encouraged to contact the RANCH Networkers to arrange a time to discuss and assist with any serious or emerging issues that may impact on the NH’s ability to function.
In conducting this work, RANCH staff:
adopt an ethical approach
protect member Neighbourhood Houses’ confidentiality so that information is not inappropriately shared with other Network members
understand and promote the NH community development model
comply with established NH Network policies and procedures, contractual and legislative requirements
take a proactive approach to monitoring the wellbeing of Houses
consider external and internal factors that may impact upon the wellbeing of Neighbourhood Houses
provide advice using relevant, authorised, up to date sources
provide advice within the competency range, role and responsibilities of the Network
The Quality Enhancement & Risk Management Matrix:
What it is
A guide to clarify roles and responsibilities of parties to the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program (NHCP) and other stakeholders for Neighbourhood Houses that experience difficulty requiring external assistance
A tool to help Neighbourhood Houses, Networks and the Department to identify when things are not going well before they get too serious
A framework for providing support to Neighbourhood Houses when things aren’t going well
What it isn’t
A document for ‘policing’ or ‘punishing’ Neighbourhood Houses
Why do we need it?
To provide certainty to Neighbourhood Houses that sometimes get into difficulty about where they can expect to get support
To prevent Neighbourhood Houses from becoming unviable, leaving communities without the infrastructure they need
To provide consistency in the type and levels of support provided by departmental regional staff
Networks are funded to provide governance and management support to Neighbourhood Houses within their Network
Resources for the Not For Profit Sector:
There are a number of very useful websites sites that provide resources to the Not For Profit (NFP) sector including:
Our Community – Where Not for Profits go for help
Our Community provides free resources, toolkits, templates and information on a broad range of issues that are specific to the needs of NFP organisations like NHs.
In addition, NHs can become members of Our Community and gain considerable discounts on a variety of services offered by Our Community.
Justice Connect (Not For profit Law)
Justice Connect provides a significant amount of information on compliance with various laws, including the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012.
Justice Connect also provides useful, relevant training to support Not For Profit organisations including training specifically designed for members of Committees of Management.
Justice Connect can also provide legal advice to Neighbourhood Houses.