Get to Know Us

Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation provides services to the local Aboriginal communities in and around Melton and surrounding areas. At Kirrip we respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the Aboriginal land on which we gather. Through our community at Kirrip we will continue to build a respectful and honest place for our community to gather, and continue the work of those that came before us, our ancestors and elders to create a better future for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander People.

COVID - 19 Announcment

Executive Officer Announcement
Coronavirus COVID-19
On behalf of the board and management we would like to advise of the following actions in response to the Coronavirus.

Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation Board have held a special meeting of the board to address and keep up with sudden development and changes. We understand that this may cause some disruption, but the safety of our community, staff and volunteers are our number one priority. Please understand that things are changing rapidly. We will ensure that we keep you informed. We are taking all precautions to ensure our staff and volunteers are protected so we are still able to provide reduced services safely.

All Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation Groups/events/activities have been postponed effective immediately until further notice. These include the following:

  • Aboriginal kirarla Women's Group

  • Aboriginal Elders/Seniors Group

  • Carers Support Group Kirrip Supported Playgroup

  • Men’s Group

  • Youth Group

  • Homework Club

  • Kirrip scheduled event

  • Drivers Ed Program

Kirrip board ask that all community members look out and check on each other, particularly our elders, vulnerable and high risk members of community, these are the times we work together supporting, caring and checking with and on each other.

We are in uncharted waters at this time however we remain resolute and strong as an organisation and are receiving regular updates from the Commonwealth and States departments as well as our health services to ensure we protect our community.

 

Executive Officer & Board of Directors

Some useful links in these tough times

25km radius - enter your address into this map to see how far 25km from your home is

Wellmob - videos, apps, podcasts and other resources to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Brother to Brother - The Dardi Munwurro Brother to Brother hotline is a 24hr crisis line for Aboriginal men

Yarning SafeNStrong - Free and confidential phone counselling with VAHS

How to make a cloth mask - Instructions using materials at home

Coronavirus Info hub - by VACCHO

Djerriwarrh health service - COVID-19 information

Department of Health and Human Services - COVID-19 information

 
 

Where You Should Be

Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation Welcomes You

General Programs and Services

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, PROGRAMS HAVE PAUSED OR MOVED ONLINE.

  • Women's Group: every Friday 10.30 to 2pm

  • Elders Group every Tuesday 10.30am onwards

  • Men's cultural program every 2nd Wednesday 5pm to 7pm

  • Youth Program every Friday 4pm to 6pm

  • Out of Home Care Carers Support Group Every Thursday 5pm to 6.30pm

  • Homework Club Every Tuesday and Thursday 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Plus community events including NAIDOC, Sorry Day, Reconciliation events, Indigenous Children's day. Or just drop in for a yarn and a cuppa.

 

Assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic

Kirrip can provide assistance to the Aboriginal community through means of a food package, bill payments and gift cards. Please read the documents below to determine your eligibility.

Foodbank information

Financial assistance information

Contact us if you wish to obtain any assistance.

Remote Learning Support

With thanks to the Salvos' CaPPS Program, help is available for students and parents/carers, including access to 30 minutes a week or fortnight per student, 1:1 with Sharon Sowter; a teacher with close to thirty years experience and Chairperson of Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation. Parents will be expected to be part of the session.
Support includes assistance with learning tasks, help getting organised (working out a timetable that works for the individual student), social and emotional support for the children and parents/carers as we navigate through this challenging time together.
Enrol by filling in this form.

Elders Group

Kirrip Aboriginal Elders Group is a place where Aboriginal Elders can come together to enjoy a morning tea, have a yarn with no kids or interruptions - just Aboriginal Elders space.

Kirrip’s offers a place for our elders to bond socially and culturally with each other. The Aboriginal Elders group is run weekly on Tuesday morning with tea/coffee, cakes and biscuits provided.

Please note that out of respect for our Aboriginal Elders, we would ask that no children or young people are present for this morning tea to enable our Aboriginal Elders to have their own space.

Photo used with permission of Mel Peters

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Elders'group will be held virtually using Zoom. Head to our Facebook page to respond to our events.

Women's Group

Women's Group is currently help online every second Wednesday, 4pm - 5pm

All Aboriginal women welcome - Every Friday 10am to 2pm

 

Women's Group. Grandmothers, Aunties, Sistas and daughters gather for a yarn, feed and time out.  The women’s group as a healing circle and a place for Aboriginal women to come together for friendship, yarning and cultural activities.

The group also attend events and excursions.

An important part of the group is the Possum Skin Cloak workshop funded by IFRAG, focusing on women and their families impacted by family violence.

Men's cultural group & Men's Shed

Men's Group is currently help online every second Wednesday, 5pm - 6pm

The Men’s Cultural Program is a traditional cultural learning, strengthening and connection program for Indigenous Men aged 17 years and over.

Non-Indigenous partners and fathers of Indigenous children are also welcome to participate. 

The Program includes Men’s shed, Yarning circle where men can support and mentor each other.

The focus of this Program will be on strengthening the male’s role and responsibility in Family and Community from an Indigenous perspective.

Kirrip Playgroup

Supported Playgroup will be operating from Bridge Road community Centre during COVID-19 pandemic.

Kirrip welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families to join playgroup every Wednesday morning.

Supported playgroup at Kirrip provides a culturally safe and fun environment for parents and carers to meet other parents and carers. It also provides the opportunity for children to socialise and have a play. Enjoy:

  • Kids playing together with the toys

  • Songs and music

  • Parenting tips from Big Yarns smalltalk

A morning tea together

Youth in Partnership

Kirrip and Edmund Rice Services Mt. Atkinson have partnered together to design and deliver a new cultural program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth living in the City of Melton and aged 12-17 years of age called Youth in Partnership.

We will meet every Tuesday, 4pm-5pm to create new or build upon existing relationships amongst the youth cohort, increase connection to culture, provide opportunities for leadership development and connect with local elders and Aboriginal professionals who will run cultural activities.

Following current COVID19 guidelines for gatherings, we will commence the program online and use Zoom for participants to meet each other, get to know each other and have a yarn together until we can meet face-to-face in a safe COVID normal environment.

Carers Support Group

PAUSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Please use the contact form if you would like updates on this resuming.

Kirrip’s’ Carers support group is run by carers for carers of children and young people in out-of-home care, including kinship and foster care. This group will provide carers with parenting information, offer peer support, share experiences, learn from each other and enable you to manage the impacts and stresses of being in a caring role more effectively.

Homework Club

PAUSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Please use the contact form if you would like updates on this resuming.

Homework Club is not only a chance for the kids to get a hand
with their learning; it is also a great opportunity to access services available to families.
Find out how to access professional support and advice, in a culturally safe, relaxed space.
Join the kids in a tasty meal! Have a yarn with other parents and carers, support each other and exchange ideas.
Or just take the opportunity to grab a cuppa and have a yarn

Wangal Cultural Dance group

Wangal currently not running

Every Wednesday afternoon Kirrip runs the Kirrip bus to Laverton Community Hub, were our kids share in cultural dance and Traditional games. Bus leaves Kirrip 4.15pm and returns 7pm

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Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 4pm
​​Saturday: open for community events
​Sunday: Closed

 

(03) 8088-0764

26 Exford Rd
Melton South, 3338
Australia

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