Japara Neighbourhood House Inc. is based in Montrose at the foot of Mount Dandenong.
For thirty years we have been serving the local community offering a range of programs for people from babies to seniors. If you are new to the area or just want to meet new people and connect with what is happening in your community, come in and see us.

vision and mission statements

Our Mission:
To be a community resource centre, accepting all people as equals, without discrimination or bias; to strive to provide accessible, affordable, educational, recreational and vocational opportunities and social support appropriate to the changing needs of the community; to offer a cost effective service, adaptable to community needs supported by our vision, expertise and achievement.
Our Vision:
Strengthening, supporting and connecting our community.


Japara Neighbourhood House Inc. began with the Montrose Village Network and three individual playgroups in 1977. Meetings were held in the Montrose Football/Cricket Pavilion. In 1979, the Shire of Lillydale leased a house for use by community groups before purchasing the current house in 1980. The house itself was built around the 1930′s and has many features characteristic of the period such as leadlight windows and art nouveau cornices and ceiling roses . The house has undergone several renovations and extensions in order to accommodate the needs of the community and to satisfy modern standards. In 2010 Japara  celebrated 30 years of community service.

Helping at Japara

By joining us you can contribute to the community.
You will meet like minded people.
Share your skills and learn new ones.

We invite anyone to come and join us as:
Volunteer – These are people who care about the community and who enjoy being with others.
Member on the Board of Management - the board of management is responsible for governance, strategy and policy. It comprises a president, treasurer, secretary and several other people.
Tutor - if you have a skill, you can develop it further and inspire others.
Coordinator – of a new group, eg. social, support, etc.


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