Queensland Families & Communities Association (QFCA) members vote to change the name to Neighbourhood Centres Queensland (NCQ). NCQ continues to expand its capacity to grow the resourcing, recognition and impact of our sector.
Spotlight on Neighbourhood and Community Centres
Building on the work of the sector over the past 7 years, Minister Enoch forms a Strategic Repositioning Committee for Neighbourhood and Community Centres. A Parliamentary Inquiry into Loneliness and Social Isolation also highlights the vital role of neighbourhood centres in fostering participation, connection and belonging in communities. The International Federation of Settlement Houses Conference is hosted in Sydney, and Australia Neighbourhood Centres take centre stage.
The NCC Network grows its capacity
NCQ (then known as QFCA) successfully raises funding for an NCC focus at the Community Development QLD Conference, Communications and Digital Engagement, Disaster Resilience Projects and the design of a new Performance and Reporting Framework. Staffing capacity doubles and a General Manager is hired.
Investment Management Standard
The Queensland government undertakes an Investment Management Standard (IMS) review of centres and funds a single Sector Development Officer for the QFCA (NCQ). A Community Connect Worker Trial is conducted in 12 centres.
CCFNAQ changes its name to Queensland Families and Communities Association (QFCA)
Significant changes disrupt the sector in 2012. Funding cuts are made to all Neighbourhood and Community Centres across Queensland, and there is total defunding of the CCFNAQ network. A Fair Work Equal Remuneration Order increase wages and the Carmody Report in 2013 moves Intensive Family Support to the community sector. The Community Centres and Family Support Network Association Queensland (CCFNAQ) changes its name to the Queensland Families and Communities Association (QFCA). This is now Neighbourhood Centres Queensland.
Networks Unite to form Queensland-wide Network
Smaller networks from across Queensland unite to form the Community Centres and Family Support Network Association Queensland (CCFNAQ), meeting for the first time in Cairns. State Government funds network meetings.
Queensland Practitioners and Centres form Support Networks
Sharing common values and working frameworks, Community Development Practitioners and Neighbourhood Centres form support networks around the state.
Funding for Neighbourhood Centres and Community Development initiatives in Australia
Under the Whitlam Government, the Australian Assistance Plan leads to Federal Funding towards Neighbourhood Centres and Community Development initiatives. This funding is developed alongside the Women’s Movement.
International Federation Established
The International Association of Settlements (now known as the International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres) formed after the world’s first International Settlement House Conference was held in Toynbee Hall, London in 1922.
Settlement Houses in Australia
The Sydney University Women’s Society learns about the Settlement House Movement and begins work to establish a house in Darlington. The Settlement Neighbourhood Centre opened its doors in 1909 is still in operation today.
Jane Adams Establishes Hull House in Chicago
After visiting Toynbee Hall, Jane Addams established Hull House in Chicago, USA. Jane was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for establishing settlement houses, as well as her work in the areas of social work, women’s rights and world peace. Jane was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 2008.
World’s First Settlement House is Established in London
Canon Samuel Barnett and Henrietta Barnett establish Toynbee Hall, the world’s first settlement house, in the slums of London. With the help of University students, they began working with local people, seeking Residence, Research and Reform into areas of poverty.