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.
An Elegant Affair is a Melbourne based Debutante Ball planning, styling and design company.
Debutante Balls at Merrilands in 2023
Tuesday 1st August 2023 6.30pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 8th August 2023 6.30pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 15th August 2023 6.30pm-9.30pm
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Multicultural Community Services run regular monthly meetings:
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Paul & Ivy’s Ballroom Dancing
Lessons and social dancing every Monday and Wednesday Evenings
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Friendly atmosphere and no partner required
For more information, please contact Paul – 0419 373 099
Alison Poulter, President
Phone 8470 1345
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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.
U3A is an organisation for people over 50 who are not in full-time paid employment and who wish to keep their minds and bodies active. We share skills and interests in Arts, Exercise, Games, History, Languages, Music and Literature, allowing people to enjoy educational, creative, social and leisure activities in a relaxed environment. We welcome new members.
Phone: 0492 817 478 or 9489 2103
Defib in Your Street is a major new community project from St John Ambulance Victoria that aims to make the suburb of Reservoir the safest place in Australia to have a sudden cardiac arrest.
St John Ambulance is offering free accredited CPR and Defibrillation Courses at Prace on Tuesday evenings from the 7th of June. These courses are available to residents of Reservoir and people with a connection to the area via family, work, study, or recreation.
There are many ways to be involved in Defib in Your Street:
Register online for a free CPR courses.
Get Active in Darebin is a FREE community-based exercise program aimed at increasing the physical activity levels of Darebin residents, as well as engaging under-represented groups into physical activity. All activities are either free of charge or a gold coin donation, cater for people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels and are facilitated by qualified instructors.
This Spring, Prace will be hosting the following FREE activities:
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Starts September 5 / Runs 8 weeks
2:30pm – 3:30pm Starts
Starts September 6 / Runs 8 weeks
ACCESSIBLE YOGA + PILATES ALL ABILITIES
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Starts September 9 / Runs 8 weeks
Meets on Friday nights
8:00pm – 9:30pm
Meets every Wednesday
8:30am – 2:30pm
Meets on Monday evenings
6:00pm – 9:0pm
Meets every Sunday
9:30am to 1:00pm
Meets every Tuesday and Friday
12:00 midday to 4:00pm
Training every Monday from 3 October to 12 December 2022
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Every Thursday evening from 5.45pm to 7.45pm
Meet every Thursday from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
The Hon. David Feeney MP, Paul & Salvina from Reskeon Seniors Group at the Volunteer Grants Morning Tea 3 June 2016
Contact: Paul Vella, Secretary
Phone: 9460-4404 Mobile: 0409 961 928
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.
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 Melinda Spiteri on 0455 422 628
Kidsafe Victoria are an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the prevention of unintentional death and injury to children.
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.
Soccajoeys is dedicated to helping children develop valuable life skills, we tap into all cornerstones of a healthy childhood by focusing on a stable foundation of active movement, play and social interaction. What better way to do this than with our fun, inclusive and dynamic kids soccer classes!
Saturdays from 8.30am-11.30am
Wednesday soccer classes commencing 8th February till 29th March 2023
Email Joey at firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries and information on class bookings.
Meet every Sunday from 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Youth Activating Youth is a non-profit organisation that assists disadvantaged multicultural Australian youths re-engage in their communities. We aim to bridge the gap that currently exists between different government organisations, non-profit agencies and other service providers.
Girls Leadership Program:
The Girls Leadership Program (GLP) is a multicultural youth engagement program that focuses on four key areas: education and training, career pathways, community participation, and health and wellbeing. The program addresses barriers to female involvement in sports, increasing participation in community activities and engaging young women in a safe space through various activities.
Every Tuesday from 19:15 – 21:00
The program targets young multicultural men aged between 13-and 17 years of age. We aim to provide the boys with a safe space to give them a sense of belonging. The program offers a safe space for participants to gather weekly to engage in physical activity, form new friendships and engage in sports and other personal development activities.
Every Tuesday from 17:30 – 19:15
Phone 0410 256 591
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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