We are a busy neighbourhood house situated at 39 Emerald Avenue, West Wodonga, a modern venue able to conduct training workshops, and hold small or larger scale community events and festivities. Operated by a dedicated Committee of management drawn from vast experience in the local community, Birallee has the ability to deliver programs that encourage and engage members of our community, by providing them with the means to make positive change in their circumstances. We provide access to a fully equipped training facility comprising integrated sound system, Laptops, iPads and data projection available in either 3 separate break-out rooms, or one large open space as required. Birallee is close to schools, public transport and local shops.
Some of the personal development programs on offer include Basic sewing, scrapbooking, Tai Chi (Advanced & Beginners), Basic food skills in the kitchen (including safe food handling), Gardening using worm planters and permaculture principles, including learning to construct furniture and planter boxes (wicking style) using recycled items. Our Neighbourhood house partners with local mainstream and special needs senior and junior schools and support networks, to provide our youth with voluntary community and work experience placements on a year round basis.
For over 9 years we have conducted a gardening and emergency food relief project called “Our Table to Yours”, where we grow and prepare meals for freezing and distribution to anyone experiencing hardship in the local community. Recipients of our meals together with our volunteers, come from a broad cross section of the community. Many charitable agencies, health providers, and social outreach organisations benefit from our meal distribution, with many of the participants in our programs attracted to Birallee because of its fair and non-judgemental approach and by virtue of the mutual benefits that can be experienced once becoming involved. In 2016 we distributed in excess of 25,000 meals.
Our programs have developed beyond the class room door, or the garden gate in this instance, and we have a large community garden precinct on site, in which we encourage anyone, regardless of age or ability, to pick up a trowel and grow food for themselves. We provide an allotment, fully stocked with nutritious soil, skilled tutors drawn from the local area, and a fully equipped kitchen run by capable volunteer cooks, in which to develop meals out of what is harvested. No produce is wasted, as everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the daily food exchange and “Food is Free at Birallee” initiative where members of the public are encouraged to bring in their excess fruit and vegetables, and share with those requiring access to food.
Throughout all of its programs, Birallee aims to build a stronger community by strengthening social and family relationships. Check out our Facebook page http://www.facebook/Birhouse.com or email email@example.com to find out more and become involved!