BCYF & Bethany have merged! Our two like-minded not-for-profit organisations are now Meli. Learn more

Become a live-in mentor and we'll fully cover your rent and utilities

We're recruiting Lead Tenant Volunteers Find out more

Run for Meli in the Surf Coast Century

Lace up those sneakers and help raise much need funds to support our Foster Care program. Get involved

Make a big difference in a young life

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We know that the first years of a child’s life are an important time, which is why we're committed to high quality three and four-year-old kindergarten programs. With 30 kindergartens throughout Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and Colac, we’re one of the biggest and most experienced providers in the region.

Community Support Services

Everyone faces challenges and we’re here to lend compassionate help, and to take a preventative and early response approach, no matter how big or small the problem. Find out how we can help you across all stages of life.

Early Childhood (NDIS)

Lifelong support for our community begins in the early years – because at Meli we know that the first years of a child’s life are an important time. We provide family-focused services for children aged zero to eight years across the Barwon region, including the early childhood approach (NDIS).

Services in Wimmera South West

Meli offers a range of support and education services to people living in the Wimmera South West region of Victoria including Warrnambool and Horsham.

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Poa Banyul Community Hub

Poa Banyul is a state-of-the-art facility managed by Meli offering a range of services including kindergarten, maternal and child health services, family support consulting rooms and full equipped versatile community spaces for hire.

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Careers at Meli

With our culture at the heart of our organisation, Meli combines the strengths of BCYF and Bethany to make an even greater place to work. Find out about the incredible career opportunities across a range of roles at Meli.

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Latest News & Events from Meli
Obituary for former BCYF Board director Lloyd Owen.
July 3, 2024

Vale Lloyd Owen (20/6/1940 – 29/5/2024)

Lloyd Owen, a compassionate advocate and leader in the field of policy and programs...
Mother and child hugging, with orange morning sky in the background
July 1, 2024

Meli partners with McAuley to deliver Safe at Home program in the Geelong region

Women and children experiencing family violence will be supported to stay safely in their...
June 20, 2024

Northern Futures and Meli join forces to combat disadvantage in the North

Northern Futures, the respected grassroots program dedicated to supporting disadvantaged communities in Geelong’s North,...
June 19, 2024

Updates to improve Meli Kindergarten enrolment process

We have recently received feedback from our Meli kindergarten families regarding our current application...

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