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Our Community

PRACE has a strong commitment to supporting the people in our local community. For a number of years now PRACE has run the Merrilands Community Centre, enabling many different community groups to gather and connect with each other, fostering a spirit of harmony and local access.

Through various events, expos and activities we not only aim to educate students, but also connect them with their local community and the services it offers. A visit to our partners page shows the range of our affiliations.

Here is a list of some of the Community Groups who currently use our facility.

Al Sadeq Education & Charity Association

Saturday, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo)

Contact Information:
Chapel                     (613) 93-982-396
Chapel                     (614) 16-291-298
Ronald Valencia      (+61) 487-385-200       rjv2011@hotmail.com    or  0452 341 914


Worship Service Schedule:
Thursday     8:00PM     ENGLISH
Saturday     9:30AM     ENGLISH
Saturday     11:00AM     ENGLISH     CWS

Note: Be sure to confirm worship service schedules before attending. Worship service times may be temporarily or recently changed.

Dance Action

Paul & Ivy’s Ballroom Dancing

Lessons and social dancing every Monday and Wednesday Evenings

Start Time: 6:30pm

Friendly atmosphere and no partner required

For more information, please contact Paul – 0419 373 099


Darebin Life Activities Club

 Alison Poulter, President

Phone 8470 1345

E-Mail Address anthonyaiello@bigpond.com

Barbara Thompson, Secretary

Phone 9422 8780


Our club provides social activities to over 55s. Our activities are designed to keep people active while enjoying the social aspects of meeting and engaging with other people at a similar stage of life.

The club regularly provides Indoor Bowls, Walk and Talk, Board Games, Cards, Dine Outs, Bus Trips and more. Please contact us for more information. Newcomers Welcome.

Life Activities Club Flyer

Darebin U3A – University of the Third Age

Phone: 9489 2103

Email: info@u3adarebin.com.au

Website: www.u3adarebin.com.au

Ebenezer City Church

Gamblers Anonymous

Meets on Tuesday evenings

GA Victoria’ gavictoria18a@gmail.com

Heidelberg Indoor Soccer Club

Meets on Friday nights

8:30am – 10:00pm


All we endeavour to do is to support African-Australian youth from the inner city suburbs of Melbourne. The opportunity to thrive is all they need and that’s exactly what we nurture and promote through our various workshops, projects and programs.

We collaborate with local businesses, services and individuals to enable a greater outcome for the youth engaged in our programs.

Meeting every Saturday evening.

Islamic Elderly Group

Meets every Wednesday

8:30am – 2:30pm

Islamic Society of Victoria- Basketball

Meets on Monday evenings

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Melbourne Tabernacle

Meets every Sunday

8:45am – 1:00pm

Merrilands Italian Seniors Club

Meets every Tuesday and Friday

12:00 midday to 4:00pm

The Hon. David Feeney MP, Paul & Salvina from Reskeon Seniors Group at the Volunteer Grants Morning Tea 3 June 2016

Reskeon Seniors Group (Reskeon Maltese Association and Reskeon Seniors Group Inc.)

Contact: Paul Vella, Secretary

Phone: 9460-4404  Mobile: 0409 961 928

Email: paul.vella44@gmail.com

This group is mainly for Maltese-speaking older/retired persons meeting once a week at Merrilands Community Centre. We try to preserve Maltese language and Maltese culture and heritage. Our group provides weekly social activities: Ladies play Bingo, Men and Ladies play Bocce. They can have Tuna or Ham and Cheese Rolls, tea and coffee and Maltese pastries for a small charge. We have outings, restaurant days, etc. We also have lunches at a reception centre for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas Break-up.  We welcome new members who live in Darebin, preferably those with Maltese background.

History: Reskeon Maltese Association was founded in 1976 as a social group. Twenty years later we realised our members were getting on in years and we formed the Reskeon Seniors Group. Two years ago the social group joined the seniors group to form one association: Reskeon Maltese Association Seniors Group Inc. In 2016 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the social group and the 20th anniversary of the seniors group.

Reskeon Anniversary Group Photo







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Red Stars Social Club- Soccer

Meets on Tuesday nights

Safe Seats Safe Kids

The Safe Seats Safe Kids FREE Child Car Restraint Fitting and Safety Check Program is hosted by Kidsafe Victoria for local parents and carers in partnership with Neighbourhood Houses Victoria and support from the Victorian State Government.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that over 70% of child car restraints are incorrectly fitted or used. This poses a serious safety risk to children travelling in those restraints.

Events are run every Monday at Prace. To book your spot please visit our website: www.safeseatssafekids.com.au/venues-mec

For more information, please contact us via email: safeseatssafekids@kidsafevic.com.au

Kidsafe Victoria are an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the prevention of unintentional death and injury to children.

Sew Be It Italy

Pattern and Sewing Course

This course aims to teach some basic techniques so you can make your own garments and alterations. Starting by creating patterns based on your measurements.

You will learn skills like how to use a sewing machine, make button holes, how to sew a button, to sew a zipper, do hems and lining clothing.

Besides learning to sew, the courses provide a friendly social interactive environment for people to engage with others with similar interests.

Saturdays, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

ContactLoretta    0473 162 318


Small Steps Ballet

Small Steps Ballet is a daytime pre school ballet studio located in Macleod, Doreen, Briar Hill and Reservoir. We are officially recognised by Kinderballet™ to offer ‘Kinderballet Accredited Classes’. The Kinderballet programs teach children aged 2 years to 5 years an introduction to classical ballet through the magic of imagination and narrative.

Michelle Grillo
Ph 0400 537 527

Youth Activating Youth

For more information visit: yay.org.au

Links & Resources

www.ourcommunity.com.au – resources and information for not-for-profit and community groups

Darebin Community Grants Program – Darebin City Council provides financial and in-kind support to more than 150 not-for profit groups and organisations annually. Click on the link for current grant information.

Inner North Community Foundation – supporting local people and communities in the inner north of Melbourne