‘Compassion, Equity and Justice in Society’
Dixon House has been around for quite a long time - over 25 years to be precise. It started from a group of members from All Saints Anglican Church who set out to address the needs of the local community through compassion, innovation, advocacy, and capacity building.
Dixon House Neighbourhood Centre exists for people from a diverse range of ages, cultures and backgrounds, who will support one another, learn and celebrate together. We are motivated by God’s love to provide activities and programs to increase equity, and justice and build community capacity in our society.
1. To experience and show God’s love for humankind
2. To respond to people’s needs by providing opportunities to identify and use their strengths, access help and improve the quality of their lives.
3. To provide a place to meet, learn, share ideas, skills and resources within a diverse community in the local area.
4. To build resilience and social cohesion by responding to needs of the community through the provision of relevant services, particularly for new and emerging communities in Clayton.
5. To encourage exchange of information and networking with other churches, social welfare, community organisations and services.
1. Inclusion: Dixon House will demonstrate dignity and respect for each person through affirmation of the uniqueness of each individual, no matter their culture, age, gender, lifestyle or background.
2. Reciprocity: There is an intention to address people’s needs as well as encouraging participants to give back, through their abilities, knowledge and culture to the organisation and wider community.
3. Empowerment: Participants are encouraged to build on their own strengths and skills, along with working on strategies to address personal and community challenges.
4. Education: Dixon House will encourage life-long learning: Opportunities will be provided to develop new skills and identify pathways to further study or employment.
5. Advocacy: Dixon House will advocate for those who are unable to do so at the both a personal, organisational and community level.
6. Sustainability: this will be expressed in the setting up and continuance of programs, utilisation of resources, equipment and infrastructure management.
7. Partnerships: Dixon House is based on a partnership with Anglicare and All Saints Clayton. Integral to working in this community is endeavouring to collaborate with other agencies and services for effective and efficient service delivery.
Dixon House operates under the name Dixon House Neighbourhood Centre Inc., established under the auspices of Consumer Affairs Victoria and reporting annually to The Department of Health and Human Services. Any person who supports the purposes of the Association and agrees to comply with the rules of governance, is welcome to become a member of the Dixon House Neighbourhood Centre Inc. Application Forms for membership are available from the Dixon House office. The annual fee is currently $5. Members receive a quarterly newsletter with up to date information about Dixon House activities and they are also invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM they will receive financial and other reports for the year past and they can be both nominated for and elected as members to the Committee of Management.