Our Vision & Values

Our Vision

An inclusive, safe and connected community of resilient people 

Our Ethos – What Is Important To Us

Neighbourhood Centres of Bellingen Shire understands that people do not have equal access to resources and that many people living in the Bellingen Shire face barriers to overcoming disadvantage. Yet we all have untapped strength, resilience and the potential to thrive. Our love of humanity and the planet drive a spirit of gratitude and generosity in all that we do. We are committed to our own organisational learning and the continual learning of the people we serve.

Our Values

Respect I for each other and ourselves

Integrity I having the courage of our convictions, being fair, honest and transparent

Compassion I caring for our community, the people we serve and ourselves

Inclusion I appreciating difference, being open, and fostering participation and belonging

Safety I safeguarding the security and wellbeing of our clients, the environment and ourselves

Community Driven I connected and responsive to local strengths, priorities and needs

Our Shared Behaviours are driven by our values. They are the behaviours that we strive for and expect of ourselves and each other.

Our Shared Behaviours

  • Listening deeply
  • Communicating with courtesy and courage
  • Being curious about other people’s points of view
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Being supportive with empathy, not pity
  • Being responsible for ourselves and our own learning
  • Doing what we say we will do
  • Genuinely seeking to resolve conflict
  • Choosing shared achievement over individual gain
  • Taking care of our environment
  • Taking risk seriously
  • Being safe
  • Understanding and following the organisation’s policies, procedures and code of ethics
Sunset bridge in Bellingen by jessica Banks
Photo Courtesy of Jessica Banks from Blue moon photography

What is a Neighbourhood Centre?

Neighbourhood Centre organisations are Australia-wide and share common principles and philosophies about their purpose and role.

Broadly, these are:

  • Affirmative action towards disadvantaged people and groups;
  • Local participation and control; and
  • Community development

Neighbourhood Centres believe in:

  • The right of people to make choices in their own lives
  • The right of people to dignity, respect, privacy and confidentiality
  • The right of people to be valued as individuals
  • The right of people to access services on a non-discriminatory basis
  • The right of the community to have accountable and responsive service provision
Sunset bridge in Bellingen by jessica Banks
Photo Courtesy of Jessica Banks from Blue moon photography