Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres are at the heart of community life in the City of Maribyrnong.
They are bright, active places that bring people together in their neighbourhoods and where activities and opportunities to participate in programs are offered. These centres also give people the chance to connect with one another in a supportive and pleasant environment.
There are seven Neighbourhood House and Community Centres in the City of Maribyrnong that are unique but share similar characteristics.
- All community members are welcome and treated with dignity and respect.
- The needs and aspirations of the community are responded to.
- People come together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities.
- Quality programs, activities and services are delivered.
- Centres are inclusive and encourage people to volunteer and be active community members.
- Diversity and difference is highly valued.
Neighbourhood Houses welcome people from all walks of life. This inclusive approach creates opportunities for individuals and groups to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make.
Together, Neighbourhood House and Community Centres in Maribyrnong provide real and timely community support, adult education and learning activities, opportunities for youth and children, social support, health and wellbeing, community development and civic activities along with services for people at all ages and stages of their lives. Programs and activities are developed in response to the needs and concerns of the citizens in the neighbourhood and with their input - which is highly valued and a key component of the philosophy of Neighbourhood House and Community Centres.
Community Garden Plots
Maidstone Community Centre
Maidstone Community Centre have a few vacant plots available for those that are keen to grow their own fresh produce. There's still time to get your winter crop started or get in early for spring. Contact the Centre for availabilities.
One Million Stars Project
Braybrook Community Centre
Braybrook Community Hub is participating in the One Million Stars to End Violence, a project to raise awareness of all forms of violence and to encourage people to have a conversation about this topic. Each star is a symbol of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.
Be a Star by making a Star and say NO to violence. Braybrook Community Hub aimed to make 10,000 stars by July 2017, but successfully reached its target in March. These stars will be sent to Brisbane to be included in the installation at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.
Volunteers and community members met for 2hr weekly to weave a star or two, and enjoyed a cuppa with friends.
To find out more and to watch a star weaving tutorial, visit onemillionstars.net
Links 4 Women Self Help Group
Maidstone Community Centre
The L4W Self Help Group is a social support group for isolated women that runs on a monthly basis at Maidstone Community Centre. This group was formed by women who attended the L4W Program that was run jointly by Council and Cohealth. Some of the women from that program had voiced their need to keep meeting once the program finished. The L4W Self Help Group was then established about five years ago.
The members of the group meet on the first Wednesday of the month and share each other's company and afternoon tea. This group gives members the chance to socialise, share their experiences and talk about topical subjects. All members of the L4W Self Help Group look forward to getting together as, for some, it is their only social outing.
Find out what other Community Centre activities are taking place, see the events page.