Community open day at neighbourhood house

Portarlington Neighbourhood House held an open day to show the community the many activities it has on offer. (Images courtesy Port Report)

Portarlington Neighbourhood House opened its doors to the public this week to show its many activities.

The community centre at 87 Newcombe Street welcomed the community and recognised its volunteers with an open day on Wednesday, May 22, from 1.30pm to 3pm.

President Margaret Belfrage said the open day was a chance to recognise the house’s many volunteers during National Volunteer Week from May 20 to 26.

“The open day is an opportunity for our whole neighbourhood house to be in one place at one time, which we don’t do very often,” she said.

“It’s also volunteers week, and we have about 70 volunteers, so it is a celebration of our volunteers and recognition of them…as it’s our lifeblood, so it’s important to recognise them during this week.

“It’s fantastic and we have people who run activities weekly. We also have people who run all sorts of events and now we’re looking for people to help run some community projects.”

Ms Belfrage said there were close to 30 displays during the open day, which featured exercise classes, art, and music.

Portarlington Neighbourhood House regularly offers activities for people with similar interests to connect, tutored classes and community events.

The not-for-profit provides opportunities for the public to learn and socially connect with others while encouraging active participation within the community.

The Portarlington Neighbourhood House is always looking for volunteers, and people can find out more at