4. External relationships / Capacity Building

Self Assessment Standards

4.1

We actively participate in a range of activities that enable us to share our knowledge and resources with the neighbourhood house sector including ANHLC and NH Networks.

Typical Evidence

All information on the ANHLC conference and Forums can be found on the ANHLC website.
Contact your networker for Network meeting details.
GRNHG Network Charter including members commitment to NH Network
Social media factsheets and how to documents from the NH ICT projects
Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres Facebook Page - a great place to find information on the sector and other Neighbourhood Houses who are using Facebook
Example websites from Neighbourhood Houses around the state of Victoria:

A number of Neighbourhood Houses have utilised the NH website template to create an easy to use, professional website.  Follow the link to find out more about it and to see the sites that Neighbourhood Houses and Networks have created with the template.

4.2

We participate collaboratively in networks and partnerships that enable us to support or be assisted by other community organisations that operate in a similar sphere of activity.

Typical Evidence

Community Assets Map from Centre for Collaborative Planning
How to Partner with an RTO from ANHLC
Building Communities Together working in partnership with Local Government, a guide from ANHLC
Collaborative Planning - concepts to consider from the Centre for Collaborative Planning
Memorandum of Understanding examples for consideration
What is an Auspice agreement? - from PILCHConnect
An auspice agreement is an agreement where one organisation ('the Principal Organisation') agrees to apply for funding on behalf of a second organisation ('the Auspiced Organisation').  If the funding application is successful, the Principal Organisation then receives, holds, and administers the funding to the Auspiced Organsiation, to that the Auspiced Organisation can complete the funded project of activities.

PILCHConnect link to Auspice agreements
Auspice Policy from Castlemaine Community Centre

4.3

We actively develop and maintain effective relationships with relevant Council officers and Councillors to ensure our organisation is known and understood and to access any resources and support that may be available to us.

Typical Evidence

Your local Council website will have details of your Ward Councillor and all the Councillors portfolios (if applicable).

Advocacy Manual from Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities
Link to Guide to Local Government from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (formerly DPCD)
Building Communities Together working in partnership with Local Government, a guide from ANHLC
Sample Getting Issues on the Public Agenda from Community Toolbox
Link to City of Wodonga - Felltimber Community Center
Link to City of Wodonga - Baranduda Community Center
Link to City of Wodonga - Bandiana Neighbourhood House, Birallee Park Neighbourhood Neighbourhood House, and Trudewind Road Neighbourhood House
Partnership Tools from Social Compass
Building Communities Together working in partnership with Local Government, a guide from ANHLC
Collaborative Planning - concepts to consider from the Centre for Collaborative Planning
Link to Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure website -  Find your Local Council
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ink to Guide to Local Government from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (formerly DPCD) 
Link to Guide to Local Government Consultation from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (formerly DPCD)

4.4

We actively develop and maintain effective relationships with our local State and Federal Members of Parliament to ensure our organisation is known and understood and to access any resources and support that may be available to us.

Typical Evidence

Search for your Victorian Member of Parliament on the Parliament of Victoria website
Search for your local House of Representatives Member on the Australian Electoral Commission website
How to Address Members of the Parliament of Victoria from Parliament of Victoria
How to Address Senators and Members of the Federal Parliament from Parliament of Australia
Advocacy Manual from Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities
Documents to follow
Building Communities Together working in partnership with Local Government, a guide from ANHLC
Partnership Tools from Social Compass
Collaborative Planning - concepts to consider from the Centre for Collaborative Planning

Search for your Victorian Member of Parliament on the Parliament of Victoria website
Search for your local House of Representatives Member on the Australian Electoral Commission website
How to Address Members of the Parliament of Victoria from Parliament of Victoria
How to Address Senators and Members of the Federal Parliament from Parliament of Australia

4.5

We actively develop and maintain effective relationships with funding bodies that are able to provide resources (financial, physical or human) in support of our key aims and objectives.

Typical Evidence

Link to Department of Human Services website - Neighbourhood House Coordination Program
Link to Victorian Government Learn Local website - information and training for Learn Local providers
Documents to follow
Link to Department of Human Services Projects and Initiatives
Link to Grants Victoria website
Link to Find a Grant - Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (formerly Department of Planning and Community Development)
Link to Australian Federal Government Grants
Sample Creating and Maintaining Partnerships from Community Toolbox
Writing a Grant Application from OurCommunity

4.6

We actively develop and maintain effective relationships with local business & industry.

Typical Evidence

Documents to follow
The Funding Centre on the OurCommunity website has a regularly updated section focussing on sponsorship
GST Tips of Grants, Gifts and Sponsorships from the Australian Tax Office
Work Experience Guidelines for Employers for Year 9 and 10 students from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Documents to follow