About us


PLEASE READ THE RYE COMMUNITY HOUSE RULES here - as part of our legal obligations, the Rye Community House abides by these rules, incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic) 





Did you know….


Rye Township was settled in 1861, and our lovely seaside village has continued to flourish to this day, with strong community ties for its people and a sense of belonging.


Some one hundred years later… Neighbourhood houses were first established in Victoria in the early 1970’s.  The movement arose out of local community need, particularly the isolation of women in the community, with a vision to bring people together and enhance the opportunities for people and communities.


Another initial emphasis was to provide an informal, non-threatening and nurturing environment that supported individualized learning. The organisations are named by a variety of terms, reflecting their varied historical beginnings, including Community houses, Community Centres, Living and Learning Centres and Neighbourhood Houses.  The common thread is that they are all not-for-profit organisation where available funds are combined with strong volunteer input to ensure maximum benefit to each diverse community. The community is defined primarily, but not exclusively, by the geographical neighbourhood in which the houses are located.


The neighbourhood house sector in Australia includes more than 1,000 organisations.  Its continued success is assured as individuals and communities discover the potential to connect and bring together divergent parts of each community.


The Mornington Peninsula  Shire decided, in 1984, that a community house in Rye was needed.  There was already one in Dromana.  It started off with the playgroups from the Maternal and Child Health Centre.  A donation of $100 came from the Uniting church. The shire provided the old cottage at no cost.  A drop-in coffee morning then followed and evolved into art and craft classes and then an aerobics class.  The cottage had no water and the unpaid co-ordinator brought water from her home for some months.


The Community House is fortunate to be in possession of a purpose built facility, which was built by the Mornington Peninsula Shire to replace the old original house in 1999. There are still some original volunteers from the ‘old house’ days who still attend activities and just to check that all is well. Participants to our Centre are looking for learning opportunities in IT, to keep pace with modern technology and life. Whilst the art/crafts, health and well-being as well as lifestyle activity sessions are popular and accessible to all age groups.


Integrated within the building is our childcare centre, Rye Kidz Childcare, which is very popular. The location and function of the childcare centre provides for a close connection of early childhood learning experiences for young children, being close to kinder and the local primary school.  We take children aged from 6 months to 5 years old.


The Rye Community House is also fortunate in its geographical position, being one street back from the beach, close to the shopping strip and easily accessible to all the community.  Staff and volunteers in the office are always happy to see new faces and willing to help with all queries, and like the township we continue to flourish.  Our doors are always open to you.


Rye Community House is a not-for-profit community based organisation. While we have few paid staff, the House relies on the help of our friendly volunteers, these include the Committee of Management, headed by our President, Hazel Rich.


Volunteering gives you the opportunity to broaden your skills whilst helping the community. So come and join us here at the Rye Community House.

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday 9am - 3.30pm

Closed Public Holidays & School Holidays


27 Nelson Street, Rye 3941

(Behind Rye Hotel)


ABN: 68 360 898 929
Inc. No. A0034729F
Contact us:

Reception (03) 5985 4462


PO Box 237, Rye, VIC 3941

Childcare: 5985 9340


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