Linking Melton South (LMS) is a placed-based community project which was first established in 2013 by Djerriwarrh Health Services in response to the emerging challenges for Melton South. These included rapid population growth and growing inequity in health outcomes as a result of experiences of disadvantage and social exclusion.
LMS has been able to deliver over 20 community driven projects with a focus on place-making, community events and celebrations and participatory arts since 2013 in partnership with Melton South residents. Over 10,000 community members have been directly engaged in mental health promoting initiatives in Melton South since it began.
To promote a socially inclusive and connected community in Melton South, capable of responding to local aspirations and community needs.
2019 Current projects:
Djerriwarrh Health Services (DjHS), LMS and Melton City Council are working in partnership to bring the Melton South Community Garden to life in 2019 at the Melton South Community Centre, creating a space to grow, harvest, cook and eat, reuse waste and raise organic produce. With ongoing infrastructure improvements, garden sessions and classes, we aim to make the Melton South Community Garden a unique, safe and inclusive garden space for all who live, work, learn and play in Melton South. Membership is free, and ongoing opportunities are provided to regular members. To get involved in the working group or to attend any of the sessions contact Trinity at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pop Up Services Hub
The Pop Up Services Hub is an free opportunity to connect in to local services in your area, get information, referrals and support on a wide range of areas including employment, housing, mental health, family and children's services, hearing, and more. Operating out of the Melton South Community Centre every Friday of the school term from 10am-11:30am co-located with the North Point Food Bank, the Hub is a great place to drop in for a free coffee, meet some local people and find out more about what is happening in your area. For more information contact the Health Promotion team at HealthPromotion@djhs.org.au
Community Repair provides a free opportunity to meet people with an interest in tinkering and do-it-yourself repairs. It is a great way to build relationships, share knowledge and get to know people in your neighbourhood. Every month a dedicated group of volunteer 'fixers' encourage people to bring down their broken goods to connect and learn from one another, helping to reduce the amount of landfill, and creating a more supportive, connected community. If you're interested in getting involved as a fixer, have something you'd like fixed, or just want to see what it's all about, drop in to one of our upcoming sessions for 2019 on the last Saturday of the month at the Melton South Community Centre, 41 Exford Road, Melton South. For more information contact Ben at BenjaminT@djhs.org.au
Little Libraries A Little Library is a free book exchange where people can 'take a book, leave a book". There are Little Libraries located across Melton including:
- MELTON LAUNDRETTE, Station Rd, Melton South 3338 - Drop in when open.
- CCCM FOODBANK: 100 Coburns Road, Melton South, 3338 - Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm (12:15pm Fri)
- MELTON SOUTH COMMUNITY CENTRE: 41 Exford Road, Melton South, 3338 - Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm
- MELTON TRAIN STATION: Staughton St, Melton South, 3338 - Drop in when open
For more information or if you would like to start a Little Library in your organisation, business or residence, please contact Bernadette at email@example.com
Steering Committee and Working Groups
Our Linking Melton South Steering Committee takes the lead in planning and decision making for the Linking Melton South project. We are always looking for local community members, businesses and organisations to be involved!
Following recent consultation Linking Melton South will be working on some new projects for the Melton South community across the next 12+ months. We would love to have you on board! Some of these ideas include:
· Mosaic outdoor furniture at the Melton South Community Centre
· Swap it sessions – Completely free market co-located with Community Repair
· Events and festivals – Dream Big, end of year picnic, street parties, Friday night food trucks and more
· Peer learning – shared learning between seniors and young people, sharing stories through creative works
If you’d like to be involved in the Linking Melton South Steering Committee or any of our working groups for these projects please contact the Health Promotion Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dream Big Festival
The Dream Big Festival is a community driven event for the Melton South community held annually at the Melton South Community Centre and Mt. Carberry Reserve. Facilitated by Linking Melton South and Festival for Healthy Living/Dream Big, the Festival aims to:
- Showcase the Melton South Community
- Promote local arts and crafts
- Promote health and wellbeing, including celebration of cultural diversity
Opportunities exist to help with planning, volunteering, running a stall, cultural performance, artistic expression, food and recipe sharing, and much more!
For enquiries call our Health Promotion Team on:
Ph: (03) 9361 9301
See us in action:
Check out our Facebook page!