Young Adults

Our Youth Centres offer a place for young adults (aged 12-25) to drop-in or take part in our great programs. Decibels is a recording and rehearsal studio for those musically minded, and our Northland Youth Centre is suited for a drop-in visit while at Northland Shopping Centre.

Northland Youth Centre

 A youth friendly space, providing programs and activities designed to increase young people’s social, recreational and employment skills, or networks.

Northland Youth Centre
Shop J 63A, Northland Shopping Centre (near the Commonwealth Bank), Preston
Opening Hours: Monday 4pm-6.30pm, Wednesday 4pm-6.30pm, Friday 4pm-7.30pm (excluding School Holidays) or by appointment.

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Further Information:

Team Leader Programs
Ph: 8470 8352


Decibels Youth Music Centre

 Provides low-cost recording and rehearsal facilities, music programs and resources for young people aged 12-25 who are looking to record, rehearse or extend their networking and knowledge of the contemporary music industry.

Current Decibels Youth Music Centre programs include Decibels Records and FReeZA.

Decibels Youth Music Centre
Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir

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Further Information:
Team Leader, Studio, Music and Arts
Ph: 8470 8005

We run a number of interesting programs for young adults aged 12-25, including homework clubs and holiday programs, after school adventures and camps, young mothers group, music programs (Decibel Records, FReeZA), youth drop-in Centre and outreach program, and peer leadership program.

We run a number of interesting programs for young adults aged 12-25, including homework clubs and holiday programs, music programs (Decibels Indie, FreeZA, Rezinate (Hip Hop), Recording, Rehearsal and Production opportunities), Youth Access at Northland, and a youth outreach program.

African Access Projects

Projects are targeted towards young people from a migrant or refugee background based in Darebin. All projects are facilitated in a culturally appropriate environment by Youth Services African Access Project Officer.

Homework Club

Wednesdays 5:30pm – 7:30pm (excluding School Holidays)

Darebin Intercultural Centre, 59a Roseberry Ave, Preston
Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 1st Floor, 23 Edwardes St Reservoir

After School Sports Program

Tuesdays, 3:30pm – 6:00pm (excluding School Holidays)
Darebin Community Sports Stadium, 857 Plenty Road, Reservoir

African Young Mums Group

Thursdays, 12.30pm – 3:00pm (excluding School Holidays)
Reservoir Neighbourhood House, 2 Cuthbert Rd, Reservoir

School Holiday Program

Boys-only activities and girls-only activities
Location and activities vary each term

Further Information:
African Access Project Officer
Ph: 0432 119 430

Decibels Indie

The initiative is a youth-led program for people aged 14 -21 who are interested in pursuing a career within the music industry. The program provides opportunities for participants to gain first-hand experience in running musical and creative ventures in a supported environment with access to experienced mentors.

Tuesdays, 4pm–6pm
Decibels Youth Music Centre,  1st Floor 23 Edwardes Street Reservoir
Contact:  Dave Williams 8470 8003 or Neil Robertson 8470 8005, Decibels Youth Music Centre, 1st Floor, 23 Edwardes Street Reservoir.

Darebin FReeZA

Freeza is part of the Victorian State Government funded FReeZA initiative that gives young people the opportunity to lead the planning and staging of live music and cultural events within their local communities.

As one of 80 state-wide providers, Darebin’s FReeZA program also provides important performance opportunities for local musicians and emerging artists to showcase their talent through competitions such as the Victorian FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands. All FReeZA events are fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free.

Wednesdays, 4pm–6pm (excluding School Holidays)
Decibels Youth Music Centre,  1st Floor 23 Edwardes Street Reservoir
Contact:  Dave Williams 8470 8003

Rezinate (Music Writing and Production program)

Thursday nights 4 pm to 7 pm, learn to write and produce music using computer based software, with experienced mentors. Meet and collaborate with other young producers and artists, record your songs in an industry standard recording studio.  Hip Hop, electronic, singer/songwriter, DJ, dance styles all welcome.  Performance advice and opportunities.

Thursdays 4pm–7pm
Decibels Youth Music Centre,  1st Floor 23 Edwardes Street Reservoir
Contact: Neil Robertson or Dave Williams 8470 8005

General Enquiries

For further information on all Decibels Youth Music programs, contact:
Neil Robertson Team Leader - Studio, Music and Arts
Ph: 8470 8005

Engaging young adults aged 12-25 in the areas of health, recreation and arts, education and training, and advocacy and coordination is a key focus for us.

2012-2017 Darebin Youth Engagement Strategy

The Strategy highlights Council's key strategic directions over the next five years.

  • Council will deliver services to meet the needs of young people. Services will focus on 4 priority areas of: Health Promotion, Recreation and Arts, Education and Training and Information, Advocacy and Coordination.
  • Council will dedicate and attract resources to meet the needs of young people.
  • Council will increase our responses to young people through collaboration across Council departments and with our partner agencies.
  • Council will give young people a greater voice and advocate with strength.
  • Council will lead planning for young people.
Darebin Youth Engagement Strategy 2012-2017 - PDF
Darebin Youth Engagement Strategy Summary Poster – PDF

Further Information:
Youth Services Coordinator
Ph: 0425 818 590