West Stirling Neighbourhood House
A historical perspective
West Stirling Neighbourhood House was established in 1988 by a group of local women with a common vision to "create an environment in which personal and community empowerment can take place through participation, involvement and education".
Initially, it was set up in an old house adjacent to the Scarborough Civic Centre located in Guildercliffe Street, Scarborough. In 1989 the group became an incorporated entity, 'West Stirling Neighbourhood House Incorporated' and joined 'Learning Centre Link', now Linkwest, the State Association for Community Neighbourhood and Learning Centres in Western Australia.
When the old house was scheduled for demolition, the organization relocated to the Doubleview Child Health Centre at 228 Hancock Street, Doubleview. In 1991 the Scarborough Toy Library also opened operations in one of the rooms. The centre was re-vamped and extended in 1992 with funds from the City of Stirling and Lotterywest. This shared arrangement of the building was in place until 1995 when the Child Health Clinic was relocated and in 1996 WSNH took up the new licence for the Centre.
Further renovations were undertaken in 2010 with the help of a Lotterywest Grant. These included a new playground with rubberized surface, synthetic grass, and play equipment. A new kitchen, laundry, bathroom and entrance doors, along with carpet and flooring throughout, as well as ceiling insulation was also installed.The foundations were set strongly in the beginning, with a philosophy and set of values that meant the House was run by the community, for the community. This philosophy has continued making West Stirling Neighbourhood House the focal point of the neighbourhood.