Celebrating all that comes with neighbourhood houses

A CRAFT group becomes more than a craft group when in the hands of a neighbourhood house, says the head of the Northern Suburbs Community Centre.

Manager Denise Delphin spoke yesterday in celebration of Neighbourhood House Week.

The week acknowledges the work of more than 1000 neighbourhood centres and community houses in the nation, 34 of which are in Tasmania.

Ms Delphin said yesterday's sewing group was representative of the aims of neighbourhood houses and community centres.

The organisations aim to be community based and community run to help meet local needs.

``It's more than a craft group . . . it's a self-run group which is self-directed, and it is friendship,'' she said.

Ms Delphin said volunteers and managers from the organisation's Mowbray and Rocherlea centres would celebrate with a breakfast tomorrow.

``We'll celebrate what we've done over the past 12 months _ we've been watching the community grow, watching individuals grow, and watching them join in and participate,'' she said.

She listed one of the centre's proudest achievements as the successful running of a program in conjunction with TasTAFE, which saw 18 people of diverse backgrounds do courses in welding, horticulture and cooking.

``From that we had people gain employment, and it was an opportunity to embrace difference.''

The cushion making group Glenda Barker, instructor Rosemary Walters and Pat Burling.

Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

The cushion making group Glenda Barker, instructor Rosemary Walters and Pat Burling. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

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