February 18 2021


Hi everyone. We will be closed tomorrow (Friday 19th). We apologize for any inconvenience.  We will be open again on Monday the 22nd. 

February 15 2021


Hi all. We will be open this week 9-12:30pm.

Our charity comes under 'Health & Community Services'. So if you need to use our services and live in the areas we cover, you are still able to travel here to the Belgrave Community Hub building even if you live more than 5km away.

Our 'Mi Place' drop in centre located here in the Belgrave Community Hub is still closed for the time being.

Public showers are still available here Mon, Wed, Friday from 9-12pm

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us on 9754-7777 or email enquire@drers.org.au For a list of areas we cover, please see the front page ofour website: https://www.drers.org.au/

February 10 2021


Our beloved friend Carol passed away yesterday.  Carol volunteered tirelessly with us for over a decade and helped many people in our community.   She was a great listener, full of empathy, and had a great sense of humour. Carol not only volunteered with us for many years, but also volunteered with several other organisations.  DRERS was the last organisation she volunteered at and we are all grateful that we had the opportunity to spend time with such a lovely human being.  We will miss having her around.  Our condolences to David and family. 

January 20 2021


Hi everyone. We will be closed next week on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th for the public holiday long weekend.  We will be open again on Wednesday 27th 9:00-12:30pm.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

January 20 2021


Hi everyone. There's still an opportunity to purchase a $2 ticket to enter our online raffle. 100% of the proceeds go to our charity. There are heaps of prizes on offer including 2 cars and a home package. Sales close Friday February 19th. Thanks for your support.


JANUARY 14  2021


Hi everyone.   We are back on board for another year.  If you need us, we are open Monday - Friday  9- 12:30pm.    

DECEMBER 18 2020


Our last day this year will be Tuesday December the 22nd.  We will re-open on Thursday the14th January 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience.   Please see the 2 pages linked below for a listing of other Emergency Relief services in our area.   Please check with them to see if they are open.



December 18  2020


Hi all.  We are seeking volunteers to help out in our 'Mi Place' drop in centre located here in the Belgrave Community Hub.  Roles include basic meal preparation, as well as welcoming & chatting with patrons.   Our drop in centre is open Mon-Fri 9:30-2:00pm  We are looking for volunteers to help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Positions will commence February 2021.  If you are able to help, we'd love to hear from you after our charity re-opens on January 14th 2021.  You can email us at enquire@drers.org.au or contact us on 9754-7777.

November 18 2020


Hi everyone.  In addition to new unwrapped gifts for 0-17 year olds, we are also seeking donations of food for clients.  If anyone can help donate any of the following non-perishable items it would be much appreciated:

Long life milk, non-dairy long life milk, long life custard, jelly crystals, Christmas cakes, Christmas pudding, mince pies, gravy powder,         tinned vegetables, coffee, sugar, sweet biscuits, savory biscuits, shortbread, crackers, sweets & lollies, potato chips, chocolate, nuts, canned fruit, tea, pet food.

Food can be left at our reception Mon-Fri 9-12:30pm on the lower level of the Belgrave Community Hub (next to the cinema).  Thank you very much.

November 9 2020


Hi all. Our annual Christmas appeal has begun. Our Christmas giving tree can be found in the Belgrave library.  We are collecting new, unwrapped presents for 0-17 years olds. For anyone who is in a position to buy a gift for a child, you can leave the present under the Christmas tree or place it in the Christmas donation box in the library foyer. There are tags on the tree with a child's age on it that people can take and go out shopping for (but it's not necessary if you aren't in the library to grab one).  We will be giving away the presents on the week starting Monday December 14th, so we ask kindly that presents be donated before then.  Presents can also be dropped off to where we are based which is the lower level of the Belgrave Community Hub (next door to the Belgrave cinema). We are open Mon-Fri 9-12:30pm. Whilst the Christmas giving tree is predominantly set up for collecting gifts, we will also be seeking donations of food during the appeal and we'll be posting updates about food in the coming days.  It's been a challenging year for so many, so we are thankful for any donations people can help with.  If there's any queries, you can email enquire@drers.org.au or phone 9754-7777.  Thank you very much.

October 29 2020


Seeking Op Shop volunteers! If anyone is interested in volunteering at our Op Shop in Belgrave for either half day shifts or full day shifts we'd love to hear from you. Our Op Shop opening hours are 10-4pm each day except Tuesdays and Sundays. Please contact us at enquire@drers.org.au or call 9754-7777. Thanks very much.

October 28 2020


Exciting news! Our Op Shop is re-opening as of today. We are planning to be open every day except Tuesday's & Sunday's.   Initially, on the days we are open our opening hours may vary. But we are hoping to be open approximately 10-4pm. We are thankful for any donations (but please no electrical goods).  The shop is located half down the main street of Belgrave.  The address is 1672, Burwood Highway, Belgrave, 3160.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.

October 28 2020


We will  be closed next week on Tuesday November 4th for the Melbourne Cup public holiday

October 16 2020

Closed Tuesday and Friday next week

On Tuesday the 20th we will be closed for admin purposes. And Friday the 23rd we will be closed for the Grand final eve public holiday.  Sorry for any inconvenience. 

October 8 2020


Our AGM is coming up in a few weeks.  The exact date hasn't been set.  If you would like more details,  you can email us at enquire@drers.org.au

October 1 2020


Wowzers! 70 prizes worth $300,000 including cars and home packages are on offer in the People's Choice Community Lottery.  It's online, so no paper or contact necessary.  Tickets are $2 and if you click on the following link, our charity will receive 100% of any $2 purchased.  Hope you win!  https://communitylottery.peopleschoice.com.au/collections/community-services/products/dandenong-ranges-emergency-relief-service

September 23 2020


Our charity comes under 'Health & Community Services.' So if you need to use our services and are within our catchment area, you are still able to come to our Community Hub building even if you live more than 5km away.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us Mon-Fri 9 - 12:30pm,  For a list of suburbs we cover, please see our website below.

September 18 2020


To access our services you don't need to be on centrelink.  If there is anyone who is unable to contact us during our regular hours of Mon-Fri 9-12:30pm,  you can contact us out of hours by email at enquire@drers.org.au or send a text message to 0468 468 430.  The following business day we will view your enquiry and get back to you with a suitable consultation time for you.  Please see our website for suburbs we cover.

July 9 2020

COVID-19 restrictions

Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service Inc. (DRERS) is still open. The way that we provide assistance has changed to prevent transmission of COVID-19. We are still open and here to help, but only clients who need to use the showers will be able to enter premises.

If you are eligible for assistance, we will be able to provide you with financial assistance, food vouchers, food, and other assistance from our premises, even though you will not be able to enter the building. If you do not have access to a phone or email to contact us for assistance, please wait at least 1.5 metres away from the entrance of our building (lower level door) and one of our team will speak with you.

DRERS is open between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm, Monday to Friday. If you need our assistance then please contact us by 12:00 pm by the one following ways:

  • 03 9754 7777
  • 0468 468 430
  • email enquire@drers.org.au
  • please wait 1.5 metres away from our entrance

Our drop in centre (MiPlace) is  closed until further notice.

Showers are available to use Monday , Wednesday, Friday  9-12:30pm.   Please bring your own towel. We will be able to provide soap and some other toiletries.  Please bring ID to allow us to do contact tracing if that was required in the following days after use.

April 24 2020


Thanks to the RACV for making, and delivering these yummy, healthy meals. A great initiative during this pandemic. These meals are made by chefs, with lovely ingredients, and delivered straight to our door. They have been very well received by people who we help.

Thanks RACV!


April 24 2020


Many, many thanks to Rotary Club of Belgrave for their very generous donation. We are so grateful, and truly appreciate the assistance provided by their financial donation. This is helpful at any time, but more than ever in these difficult times. Have you ever thought about volunteering with Rotary? They help so many, locally and globally, and they help DRERS too!

January 30th 2020


Hi all. Do you love music? Come on down to Sooki Lounge in Belgrave on Sunday March 1st for a music fundraiser with proceeds going to our charity. A big thanks to Sooki Lounge and all the artists for putting on this event.

January 28th 2020


Our charity's founders Frank & Meryl Watson were both awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for their service to the community of the Dandenong Ranges.  Frank & Meryl started our charity 22 years ago and have dedicated their time to helping those in need. You can read more about their award in the Ranges Trader Newspaper:  https://rangestrader.mailcommunity.com.au/news/2020-01-27/oams-dear-watsons/

January 13th 2020


Hello everyone. We hope everyone is well. Our Emergency Relief Service is open again starting Tuesday January 14th 2020. We will be open 9am-12:30pm. And from then on our opening hours will be the same as last year Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 12:30pm. Our Mi Place drop in centre will re-open Monday February 3rd 9am-2pm, and from then on Mon-Fri 9am-2pm. Our Op Shop is back open now. It's located half way down on the low side of the main street of Belgrave. Cheers.

December 19th  2019


Today, is the last day this year that our Emergency relief service and Mi Place drop in centre are open to the public. We will resume our Emergency relief service on Tuesday January 14th 2020. Our drop in centre will resume on Monday February 3rd 2020. We wish everyone all the best and stay safe.

Here are some contact details of other charities that may be able to help whilst we are closed over the Christmas break.

If you need help with mental health crisis support, try: SANE - ph: 1800 187 263, Beyond Blue - ph: 1300 224 636, Lifeline - ph: 13 11 14

If you help with emergency relief then try Hope on Friday in Tecoma - ph: 9754 6809, or Monbulk Care Network - ph: 9756 7800

For a more comprehensive list of available charities who help with Emergency relief and/or food assistance, please see the following link:

December 19th2019


A huge thank you to everyone who supported us this year. We rely on the generosity of the public to help us provide the service we can for people in our community who are facing hardship. Whether it was food, pet food, gifts for our Christmas appeal, items to sell at our op shop, monetary donations, or anything else that helped us, we say a huge thank you. Our Christmas project was a success again this year, thanks to all who donated. There are too many businesses, organizations and individuals to thank, so we offer you all our biggest THANK YOU. To all of the people who received gifts and/or hampers, thank you for thanking our wonderful volunteers.
Our volunteers work hard all year, and the kind words and thanks they got was really appreciated. We really appreciate the hard work, and many hours they do, to help our community.
We offer our supporters, donors, clients and volunteers our gratitude and hope each and every one of you has a merry Christmas, and a happy new year.

Yours sincerely, Team DRERS.

PS: Because we are now on our annual break, it is unlikely that we will post anything for the next few weeks.

December 19th 2019


Next year, we will begin posting on Instagram! This will be in addition to our facebook page, YouTube channel, and website which we will continue posting on. If you know anyone on Instagram, please let them know they can find us under the username: ranges_emergency_relief
(https://www.instagram.com/ranges_emergency_relief ) Thank you.

December 16th 2019


The last day that we are open to the public for Emergency Relief is Thursday the 19th December 2019, and we will re-open on Tuesday the 14th of January  2020. Our Mi Place drop in centre will be open for the last time this year on Thursday December the 19th 2019.  Mi Place will re-open on Monday February the 3rd 2020.

December 16th 2019


 G'day everyone. For anyone in a position to donate, we now are able to accept donations by card at our reception! We can send you an electronic receipt via sms or email. Help us to help our community. Many Thanks!

December 9th 2019


Hi folks.   Here's our second video giving the latest news from our charity. It's from our YouTube channel that we started recently.

December 2nd 2019


Hi all.  Tomorrow (Tuesday 3rd) the Belgrave Community Hub building where we are located will be closed due to a power outage.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  We will be open again on Wednesday the 4th from 9 - 12:30pm.

November 29th 2019


G'day everyone.  We've started a YouTube channel.  Here's our first video. It's a quick introduction about us and what our latest news is.

November 15th 2019


 Belgrave South Baptist Church are once again presenting 'Carols at Convention' on Saturday 14th December at the Belgrave Heights Convention Centre.

We will be fundraising at the ‘Carols at Convention’. This year we have moved into the 21st century and will have an eftpos facility available for donations. We will, of course, still be accepting cash donations. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

5:00-6:30pm includes kids activities and food

6:30-8:30pm is the time the Christmas Carols are on

We hope that you can come along!

November 14th 2019


Hi everyone. Over the next 5 weeks we are seeking donations of non-perishable food for our annual Christmas appeal.  If you can help out by donating it would be much appreciated. Thank you for your support.

November 14th 2019

Christmas appeal

Hi all. We’ve begun our annual Christmas appeal! We’ve put up a Christmas giving tree in Belgrave library. We are looking for donations of new presents for 0-17 year olds. Presents can be placed under the tree or given to library staff. Please donate before December the 18th as that is the day we will be giving them out to clients. Presents don’t need to be wrapped as we need to display them on tables. Presents can also be left at our reception here at the Belgrave community hub Mon-Fri 9-12:30pm. Thank you very much!


 email: enquire@drers.org.au

 1616-1624 Burwood Highway Belgrave, Vic  3160

 (03) 9754-7777 / Mob: 0468 468 430

ABN: 80 454 546 928

Incorporation Number:  A0035544Y

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