The 'Come and Play!' program provides families and community members with the opportunity to participate in table tennis, badminton and sewing at times convenient to them. The focus of the project is inclusion and connection - with sport on top of it. We currently run programs in Merri-Bek and Wyndham City Council. In addition to creating opportunities to participate in community sport, we also support community members in designing and implementing their own projects. This support includes workshops on developing city council grant applications, WHS considerations, marketing and program development. The social design of, for example our Friday program has seen groups of friends and families join. We now have kids playing with parents, friends playing together and people just relaxing with other community members.
The Merri-Bek program has a majority of moms from CALD background join the two morning sessions per week. Requests from participants for information sessions on for example rights in Australia, study opportunities, etc. have seen monthly information where speakers come and talk to participants about topics that they want more information on.
Our social sewing group include participants from different age groups. Participants work on a sewing project of their choice with a trainer available if anyone needs support. Participants in the program have now started to make garments for the community sharing rail at Dianella community centre.
Financé par Melbourne (January 2023)