LCSA Members

Local Community Services Association (LCSA) represents around 200 locally managed Neighbourhood or Community Centres and Not-For-Profit Organisations throughout New South Wales. They share a community development and socially inclusive approach to the delivery and provision of services, as well as activities for socially isolated and disadvantaged local communities.

Neighbourhood Centres have been operating in Australia for nearly 40 years - many developed out of the social reforms of the 1970s. They are known by a variety of names across Australia. Neighbourhood Centres (and/or Houses) are typically small organisations situated in local community settings that operate at grassroots level. They strive to be accessible and welcoming. They are inclusive and supportive of people from diverse backgrounds and with varying abilities. While they are known for their diversity, they share some common features. As noted above, first and foremost, they share a commitment to community development. Neighbourhood Centres constitute a critical element of the network of not-for-profit organisations across Australia.

Neighbourhood Centres are embedded in a range of networks and partnerships. They work together in local government and regional networks and the majority are members of their state and territory peak organisations.