Community Services

Community Services

Child, youth and family services

Merriwa’s Community Services team provides out-of-home care to young people with disability in our community. The young people in our care are some of the most vulnerable people in our community and are unable to stay at home or with their family.

We provide a safe, caring and stable environment to allow young people with disability to learn, grow in confidence and feel empowered to move successfully into the future.

We work with the Department of Family, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) to identify young people with disability who require support and work together to ensure we can provide a pathway to independence and engagement in the community.

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Merriwa Community Services PRIDE mode


Our young people stand tall, they are confident and know they are unique


They understand the challenges they have faced but are looking to a positive future


They are engaged in the community and they understand the Merriwa community stands with them to support their success now and in the future


They are growing in their capacity to manage themselves, they are taking opportunities to learn and increasing their independence and self-awareness


They are heard, their opinions matter and they are growing in their capacity to advocate for what they need in their lives

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Our Commitment to safety

We are committed to following the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards.

This ensures the protection of all children and young people who come under our care.

When we talk about our commitment to keeping children safe, we will be clear and transparent. We will talk about this commitment on our website and in our reports.

As part of this commitment, we will update our child protection policies on our website. These updates include making the language clear, concise and easier to understand.

We will also make our policies accessible. This includes making sure all people can use our policies. We will also ensure making a complaint is accessible and inclusive.

You can read more about our commitment to child safety on the Victorian Government’s website. You can also read about our commitment to child safety in our Annual Report.

Enquire now

If you want more information about our community services, you can contact us here