Twilight walks and creative hubs: community activities in your neighbourhood

5 December 2023

Whether you live, work, play or study in this great city, your neighbourhood is full of vibrant people and community events to help you feel more connected to your area.

Here’s just some of the community activities on offer, and the amazing people behind them.

Walk with new friends

What started as a way to meet new people, became a twice-weekly routine for Adel Fazel. The Southbank local runs weekly evening walks starting from the NGV as well as other activities, which have attracted a varied community of locals to join, and helped Adel make lifelong friends. Read Adel’s story.

A person standing by the river at Southbank
Adel Fazel

Join a free Christmas craft workshop at Laneway Learning

This Melbourne Award-winning CBD institution has been helping locals find a hobby for affordable prices, for more than 12 years. Take your pick from a packed program of arts, Auslan, car maintenance and anything else you can imagine. Read Maria’s story.

Maria Yebra and Maddy Macfarlane at their Nicholas Building venue

Rent your own studio with a community of creatives
West Melbourne

In an old warehouse on the banks of the Maribyrnong, River Studios is a thriving hub of creatives who are offered subsidised studio tenancies. For local artist, Nancy D Lane, the active community at River Studios supports her in her pursuit to make art from 100 percent found or recycled materials. Read Nancy’s story.

Nancy D Lane at River Studios

Learn life-changing skills at Open Door

Founded by Elle Morrell in the base of the Carlton social housing towers, Open Door is an important community hub for locals. The centre aims to support migrant and refugee residents to access employment services, social work and English language skills, and is a place to socialise, participate in workshops, borrow equipment, and access information. Read Elle’s story.

Elle Morrell with Open Door participants

More ways to engage in your local area

We’ve created an interactive m​ap to help you find activities, services and initiatives that support community participation, inclusion and connection. To browse what’s on offer in your neighbourhood, visit the Wellbeing and Connection Map.

How to keep in touch with your neighbourhood

The City of Melbourne is made up of 10 unique neighbourhoods – Carlton, Parkville, East Melbourne, West Melbourne, North Melbourne, Kensington, Docklands, South Yarra, Southbank and the CBD.

Each neighbourhood has its own needs and priorities, and we’re focused on listening to community voices to help us make every area the best it can be.

Our Neighbourhood Portals are here to support you to live, work, study and play in your community.

Seven passionate neighbourhood partners are also on hand to hear your feedback and ‘connect the dots’ between council, residents and businesses. We also want to empower local people to hold their own community events through our Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants.

To learn more, visit the Neighbourhood Portals.

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