Neighbourhood houses

Two girls outside a community centre

There are a number of Neighbourhood Houses providing a range of support and recreational services in Darebin.

Alphington Community Centre

The Alphington Community Centre provides a range of support and recreational services including:

  • Children's activities and workshops
  • Playgroups
  • Toy Library
  • Health and wellbeing classes for adults
  • Counselling services
  • Computers, arts and craft, cooking
  • Book clubs and history group
  • Community Choir
  • Community Lunches
  • Men's Shed
  • Sustainability workshops
  • Main room available to hire for community groups and birthday parties

There is wheelchair access throughout, with the exception of the meeting room.

2 Kelvin Road, Alphington

Phone: 03 9499 7227

Jika Jika Community Centre

The Jika Jika Community Centre provides a range of support and recreational services for the local community including:

  • Hall for hire
  • Computer courses
  • Occasional childcare
  • Children's music and dance
  • Yoga classes
  • Alanon
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Bike rides & cycling classes
  • 3 Year Old Kinder Program
  • Music lessons

Corner Plant and Union Streets, Northcote

Phone: 03 9482 5100

PRACE (Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education)

PRACE provides a range of education programs to encourage community involvement and lifelong learning, and to improve employment potential for participants including:

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) - Nationally recognised qualifications and pre-accredited taster programs
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Adult literacy
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • Community Development Projects in line with
  • Venue for Hire at Merrilands Community Centre

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible

35 Sturdee Street, Reservoir

Phone: 03 9462 6077

Reservoir Neighbourhood House

Reservoir Neighbourhood House is based in the Andrew's Reserve precinct in East Reservoir. The Reservoir Neighbourhood House offers:

  • Adult education programs
  • Community based programs
  • Room hire

2B Cuthbert Road, Reservoir

Phone: 03 9462 4611

SPAN Community House

The SPAN Community House provides a range of support and recreational services for the local community including:

  • Digital literacy
  • Community garden
  • Community lunches
  • Volunteer program
  • Skills for work and study
  • Cooking classes
  • Art and craft
  • OMNI group for men 50+
  • Thornbury writers group
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Free community and social activities

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible

64 Clyde St Thornbury

Phone: 03 9480 1364

Bridge Darebin

Bridge Darebin is an innovative, not-for-profit organisation and certified social enterprise based in Preston and Thornbury. Their aim is to strengthen the community by providing social and educational services to empower those who need it most. Their services include:

  • adult education (digital literacy, English, art and craft and other pre-accredited skills for work and study programs)
  • health and wellbeing programs (Zumba, yoga, walking group)
  • community programs (Laneway Lunches, Bridge Queer Gathering)
  • child care (Thornbury only)
  • venue hire
  • volunteering and student placement opportunities
  • sustainable initiatives (Bridge Darebin Green, Paperloop, sustainable craft workshops)
  • Moon Rabbit café
  • Moon Rabbit on the Hop mobile café
  • Heart of Thornbury makers market

All our spaces are wheelchair-accessible.

Bridge Darebin Preston
218 High Street, Preston
Phone: 03 9484 5806

Bridge Darebin Thornbury
131 Shaftesbury Parade, Thornbury
Phone: 03 9480 0466

Bridge Darebin Community Hall and Arts Hub
99 Leinster Grove, Thornbury
Phone: 03 9480 0466