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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

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

Website – danceaction.net

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

Darebin Youth Services

See Darebin’s Youth Services page.

Ebenezer City Church

Gamblers Anonymous

Meets on Tuesday evenings

Heidelberg Indoor Soccer Club

Meets on Friday nights

Islamic Elderly Group

Islamic Society of Victoria- Basketball

Meets on Monday evenings

Melbourne Tabernacle

Merrilands Italian Seniors Club

Reservoir Italian Pensioners' Club Annual Bocce Competition

Reservoir Italian Pensioners Club

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


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

St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church

Meets on Saturday afternoons for recreation activities

The Tabernacle of Grace

Meets on Sundays

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

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