Supporting healthier, happier and more connected communities through local health and wellbeing programs.
Our Community Programs team works with community members like you to health and wellbeing needs with a focus on healthy eating, building social connections, and gender equity.
Our Programs and Groups
Youth Health Services
Our Youth and Community Worker supports young people aged 12-25 years old individually and in groups to identify their needs and goals for a meaningful and fulfilling life. They are based at the Darebin Youth Hub at Northland Shopping Centre for drop-ins on Tuesdays from 12:30pm-5pm and a local school weekly.
Your Health Help
The Your Health Help program aims to improve community participation, community safety and access to health and wellbeing services, with a focus on Reservoir. Our friendly and engaging team is available:
- Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm
- Thursday 8:30am-12pm
Where: 125 Blake Street, Reservoir VIC 3073
We can also come to you as part of our Outreach role, if preferred.
Please call 0438393921 to speak with a member of our team. If we are unavailable, please leave a message and we will get back to you ASAP. You can also email [email protected].
The Together Project works with residents in East Reservoir and East Preston to improve social and emotional wellbeing across the communities. There is a special focus on residents experiencing social exclusion and isolation, helping them build new connections and social groups.
The Together Project was started after community members shared their experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hearing their stories highlighted the need to offer a project that supports community members to:
- Encourage and support each other
- Connect with their neighbours and get access to local services and opportunities.
- Make positive changes in their neighbourhoods.
Meet Hoa, one of our Together Project volunteers.
If you live in East Preston or East Reservoir and would like to join the Together Project as a community volunteer, please contact us by phone, (03) 8470 1111, or email, [email protected].
Our Place Our Purpose
Our Place Our Purpose is a community project for East Preston and East Reservoir residents. It has a special focus on people living in public housing and people who are from diverse cultural and language backgrounds, particularly newly arrived communities such as refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and international students.
This project aims to:
- build community connections
- improve social and emotional wellbeing
- celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity.
This project is done in partnership with Darebin Information, Volunteer & Resource Service (DIVRS) and Darebin Council.
View our latest updates on the Our Place Our Purpose project here.
If you live in East Preston or East Reservoir and would like to join the Our Place Our Purpose Advisory Group, please contact us by phone, (03) 8470 1111 or email, [email protected].
Eat Well, Live Well
Eat Well, Live Well is a new program that will support better health and wellbeing for Darebin community members. The project activities will be discussed and decided upon with input from community members, as part of a co-design process.
The project will:
- Increase participants’ access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food
- Teach participants how to find and enjoy healthier food options
- Teach participants how to prepare and cook meals
- Help community members connect and build friendships
- Help participants explore local volunteering and employment opportunities
- Build participants’ confidence and self-esteem
- Support access to health and community services.
This project is done in partnership with Housing Choices Australia, Neami and DIVRS.
If you live in Darebin and would like to be part of the program co-design process, please contact us by phone, (03) 8470 1111, or email, [email protected].
Arabic Social Group
The Arabic Social Group brings Arabic-speaking community members together monthly for fun, local activities to build community connections and friendships.
The Group also offers a warm welcome to newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers who want to get to know their fellow residents and community.
Participants are also supported to access our health and social support programs to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
Our participants have great things to say about the Group:
- “I can’t wait to see the members of the social group every time I feel like we’re one family.”
- “Thank you for everything I wish for every day together with the group.”
- “I can’t wait to see the members every time. Thank you from my heart to everyone.”
If you live in Darebin and would like to be part of the Arabic Social Group, please contact us by phone, (03) 8470 1111, or email, [email protected].
Growing the Rainbow Village
Growing the Rainbow Village builds upon the success of our Rainbow Village project, offering all members of the LGBTIQA+ community a safe space to plan and deliver inclusive and affirming activities and events in Darebin.
The project offers an especially warm welcome to anyone who is experiencing, exclusion, isolation or loneliness, and bring participant’s together to build a strong sense of community and connection.
Growing the Rainbow Village is proudly supported by Darebin Council through its community grants program.
If you are a member of the LGBTIQA+ community and would like to find out more of be involved in Rainbow Village, please contact us by phone, (03) 8470 1111 or email, [email protected].
Our Success Stories and Resources
Rebuilding Together – Community, Cooking & Connection Project brought Arabic-speaking community members together through healthy and culturally appropriate food choices.
From grocery shopping and cooking workshops to a cultural event and emergency food relief, the project helped the local Arabic community live healthier and happier lives.
This project was delivered in partnership with Victorian Arabic Social Services, and funded by the Victorian Government.
We Love Songs! brought Darebin parents and their young children together with musicians to sing and create their own songs.
Participants shared stories, dances and songs passed down through their cultures and families. They also composed their own songs to help with everyday parenting such as ‘Time to Get Dressed’ and ‘New Foods on Your Plate Today’.
The project was inspired by Banyule Community Health’s innovative We Love Stories, and funded by North East Healthy Communities.