There are hundreds of Neighbourhood or Community Houses in Victoria. The first such houses were set up in Ferntree Gully, Nunawading and Diamond Valley over 28 years ago.
Funding was provided in 1988 to establish a Neighbourhood House in Wangaratta's West End. At the time, despite extensive searching, no suitable venue was found. Pangerang therefore set up at 38 Ovens Street in a small house owned by St. Patrick's church.
Pangerang is an aboriginal term for "Meeting Place".
Pangerang Community House offers the community low cost educational and social opportunities. The courses that are run include; Computer courses, art and craft, self help and self development. We provide support and information to individuals and families.
The programs and activities on offer cater to the needs of the community, and, more particularly, the people who actually come through the door. Occasional childcare is offered four mornings a week and a playgroup uses the facilities once a week.
The house is used by many community groups as a meeting place.
Pangerang is open to everyone, therefore as a community-based organisation, the house is managed by a voluntary committee of management, and this is made up of interested House users and members of the community.
In 2009 Pangerang celebrated 21 years in the Community.
In 2013 Pangerang celebrated 25 years in the Community.
In 2018 Pangerang celebrated 30 years in the Community.
OUR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
1. To help create a caring community and to provide a focal point for services for the community by:
Providing support, information and educational opportunities for individuals and families, particularly low income families.
To provide an opportunity for finding solutions to personal and family problems in an informal. familiar, non-judgmental and supportive setting.
To provide access to sources of information pertaining the Community and Welfare services and amenities, making basic information on these readily available.
To remain close in contact with Community and Welfare agencies, particularly through the Wangaratta Link Committee to make the best of these facilities.
To provide community education programs and knowledge of services and resources together with civil rights.
To provide neighbourhood support to reduce community isolation and encourage community involvement and action.
All information will be treated with confidentiality.
To develop programs in line with specific community needs as they arise.
2. To raise, obtain and receive funds or other aid for the purpose of achieving the objects of the organisation by means of subscriptions, donations, bequests, entertainments or other functions or by any other legal means.
Pangerang Community House is a "meeting place" that provides a safe & supportive learning enviroment for everyone in the community.