Brooke in cooking website 11 Feb 2016

Brooke likes coming to Merrimu to see the friendly staff and to catch up with her friends. She goes to the McKenzie St Hub and also to the Bacchus Marsh Centre.

Brooke has big goals, she wants to live on her own and get a job. Brooke is very proud that in the past twelve months she has achieved so many milestones towards these goals.

Brooke is learning how to cook healthy meals at the Melton Hub. She enjoys cooking and enjoys the challenge of learning all the steps involved from budgeting and shopping to storing food safely.

Brooke says she finds maths easy and she likes learning about money. In the future Brooke wants to go to Christabelles and get work experience. She’s been learning about money and serving customers and would really like to work on these skills at Christabelles soon.

Brooke has also enjoyed making new friends “I like to go to Woodgrove and go for walks around the track with my friends” she says.

Brooke has been attending Merrimu since January last year and says she enjoys coming to the Hub where “the staff are really nice and they help me achieve my goals.”

This story is from our 2015 Annual Report. You can read more on our Publications page.


Marcus says that before Merrimu he pretty much did nothing.

“I was having a go, trying to deal with my anxiety and trying to get better. I did the usual day-to-day stuff like cleaning the house,” he says.
Marcus says that working with his support worker Peter has helped him feel more confident to try new things without feeling anxious. Before he started at Merrimu one of Marcus’ goals was to travel outside of his hometown Ballan.

Since he’s been supported by Enhancing Independence, Merrimu’s 24/7 personal care, Marcus has been out a lot visiting other towns.
“I’ve been here there and everywhere pretty much. At first I found it hard but then it started to pay off slowly.”
Marcus was very happy when he was able to go to Ballarat without feeling anxious. In the past Ballarat was a place that held some painful memories.

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Our Annual Report for 2015 is now available on our website! There are some great stories of what has been achieved by the people we support and we will be featuring them individually on our Facebook page over the coming months. So keep an eye out for them!

You can read our annual report on our publications page, which also features fact sheets and other information about what we do.

Werribbee Respite

We are very excited to announce we are extending our respite program for four more weeks! This means there will be two respite programs running every Saturday until the end of July.
See the attached list of individual activities with two different options to choose from each week. This is available for adults with a disability over 18 years old who live in the Melton and surrounding local government areas – Melton, Moorabool, Brimbank and Wyndham.
You do not need to have accessed any service before but do need to qualify for support under the Disability Act 2006 from the Department of Health and Human Services. For further details or to book in please contact Leanne White on 0427 914 688 or email [email protected]

You can click here for the full extended respite schedule.

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Merrimu is happy to announce we have exciting activities available every Saturday for people with a disability.
See the attached list of individual activities with two different options to choose from each week. This is available for adults with a disability over 18 years old who live in the Melton and surrounding local government areas – Melton, Moorabool, Brimbank and Wyndham.
You do not need to have accessed any service before but do need to qualify for support under the Disability Act 2006 from the Department of Health and Human Services. For further details or to book in please contact Leanne White on 0427 914 688 or email [email protected]
Full schedule of respite activities

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Merrimu is proud to present this year’s production Friday The 13th a show solely based on the people we support’s choice in theatrical themes, music, and dance. This is an exciting time for all involved including the people we support, staff, families and carers as well as many others in the community.
The people we support’s efforts towards this year’s show have been nothing short of amazing. They have been involved in every decision and choice.
The show is being held on Friday the 13th at 7pm at the Melton Civic Centre. We would be pleased if your staff and students would come and join us for what promises to be a wonderful morning.
Please contact Russell Arandt, Loran Moelands or Natalie McLean for any further information 9971 2100 / 5366 3008