WELCOME

Kariong Neighbourhood Centre is a community hub for Kariong and surrounding areas in the Central Coast Hinterland. From the moment you walk through our doors you are welcomed into a safe and friendly atmosphere which promotes a sense of belonging.

We are only 5 minutes off the free way. We have wheelchair access throughout, disabled toilets, private parking for up to 16 cars and a bus service at the doorstep.

Community & Families

The Kariong Neighbourhood Centre is a great place to meet new people. Our groups include Active Playgroup, Little Big School, Arts & Crafts, Pilates for Seniors and Tai Chi.

Early Childhood Clinic appointments, with and Area Health Nurse are available an we offer First Aid courses on a regular basis.

Out of School Hours Care and Vacation Care

The Kariong Out of School Hours Care Service caters for children aged 5 – 12, providing care from 6:30am to the start of school and from 3:00pm until 6:30pm.

We also offer Vacation Care and care for pupil free days from the hours of 6:30am until 6:30pm.
Our Out Of School Hours service has achieved an overall rating of Meeting National Quality Standards (NQS).

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FOOD RELIEF PROGRAM

Our Food Relief Program is held at Kariong Neighbourhood Centre every Wednesday from 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

For community members who are facing hard times, or need some extra assistance with their weekly food budget, our Food Relief program offers the oportunity to come and fill up two shopping bags from our supply of fresh fruit and veggies, canned and packaged goods.

$ Donations gratefully received to help cover the cost of this service.

For more information contact Kariong Neighbourhood Centre – 4340 1724 | admin@knc.net.au

TAI CHI

Tai Chi is a great form of gentle exercise and relaxation, which is enjoyable, social, and suitable for people of all ages.

When: Wednesdays 9:00am – 10:00am, with instructor Helen (during school terms only)
Cost: $15.00

For enquiries please contact Helen or Daniel on 0435 121 520 or email: aatc@khorlivingchi.com.au.
Bookings are not essential. All welcome.

PILATES

PILATES FOR SENIORS CLASSES
“Pilates is wonderful for every body of every age. Seniors, in particular, can really benefit from a Pilates practice. Balance, strength, flexibility, focus, and your breath are all areas you may notice have changed with age. Pilates at its core works on improving all of those things. It is gentle enough to be right for you at any age, and every exercise can be modified on any given day to meet you where your body is that day.” Join our class to learn more!

When: Mondays 9am – 10am during school term.

For more information – 4340 1724 | admin@knc.net.au

ARTS & CRAFTS

Our Arts & Crafts group is a long term feature of the Neighbourhood Centre. Bring along your arts or crafts project to work on, or just come along for a chat.

Everyone is welcome.

When: Friday 11am – 1pm (School term only)

Cost: $5 per session

BE CONNECTED

The Be Connected program allows older Australians to develop their confidence in a supportive environment and learn how to remain safe online while connecting with loved ones.

We are now taking Expressions of Interest for our waiting list for the next Be Connected program @ Kariong Neighbourhood Centre 

Contact 4340 1724 | admin@knc.net.au

Or alternatively The Digital Connect program is available at other locations. Click here for more info. Digital Connect – Central Coast Community College (cccc.nsw.edu.au)

 

ACTIVE PLAYGROUP

Come along and have some fun, meet new families and share ideas. Active Playgroup is an educational program developing social skills and school readiness in a safe, happy and stimulating environment.
Music & Dance | 0 to 6 years | Play Equipment | Toys & Crafts | Sandpit

When: Wednesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm. (School term only)
Cost: $5.00 per child and plus $1 each additional child

For more information 4340 1724 | admin@knc.net.au

LITTLE BIG SCHOOL

Little Big School is a play-based pre-school program for children aged 3 – 5 years, run by our experienced and qualified Early Childhood Teacher, Miss Lyn.

Guided by the Early Years Learning Framework, programming includes fun activities to promote learning and development. Children familiar with, or new to, early childhood education and care are welcomed into the Little Big School community.

With a focus on relationship building and self-help skills, our Little Big School community provides a safe and nurturing environment for young children in preparation for expectations of the first year of school. Children aged 3-5 are encouraged to attend.

Programming includes activities based on children’s interests which encourage curiosity, problem solving, and creativity. Each child is supported to build social skills and confidence whilst group activities foster cooperation and encourage turn-taking.

When: Tuesdays – 9:30am – 11:30am (School term only)

Where: Kariong Neighbourhood Centre, 10 Langford Drive, Kariong

Fees: $12 enrolment fee, $13.50 per session. Fees attract Child Care Subsidy.

For more information contact Kariong Neighbourhood Centre, P:4340 1724 | E: admin@knc.net.au

Click here to download the enrolment form Little Big School Enrolment Form

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD CLINIC

For your infant health checks (0 to 5 years) by an Area Health Nurse.

Weight, height, development and general health check up. Opportunity to discuss your child’s progress.

When: Tuesdays and Wednesday.
Location: In the clinic at Kariong Neighbourhood Centre

Appointments essential – For appointments, call Gosford Gateway Clinic on 4328 7900 (NSCC Area Health)

MUMS & BUBS GROUP

MUMS & BUBS GROUP

Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.00 noon

This block of 4 sessions is to support and give info for new mums to help through the early days.
Enjoy morning tea together and have those questions answered in a friendly & supportive environment.

By invitation from your Local Area Health Department Nurse.
Enquires ph: 4328 7900

INTRODUCING SOLIDS

 

INTRODUCING SOLIDS

Wednesday 10.30am – 12.30 noon

This block of 5 sessions to support you and your little one when introducing solids.
Enjoy morning tea together and have your questions answered in a friendly & supportive environment.

By invitation from your Local Area Health Nurse.
Enquires ph: 4328 7900

OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS CARE

Quality play-based education and before and after school care @ Kariong Neighbourhood Centre.

Serving families in the Kariong region and beyond, including children attending Kariong Public School, Central Coast Sports College, St Patricks Catholic College, Somersby Public School and Darkingjung Barker College.

School Term only. Hours of operation are:

  • Before School: 6:30am – 9:00am
  • After School: 3:00pm – 6:30pm

Fees attract Child Care Subsidy

Visit our Kariong OOSH website Kariong OOSH to enrol an find out more.

VACATION CARE

Quality play-based education and before and after school care @ Kariong Neighbourhood Centre.

Serving families in the Kariong region and beyond, including children attending Kariong Public School, Central Coast Sports College, St Patricks Catholic College, Somersby Public School and Darkingjung Barker College.

School holidays only. 6:30am – 6:30pm

Fees attract Child Care Subsidy.

Already using our OOSH service? Book Vacation Care through BOOK Me on your HubWorks account HubWorks

FAMILY HELP SERVICE
  • Feelings of isolation or loneliness a lot of the time
  • Finding it tough looking after your children
  • Is someone in your family being violent or abusive to you or your children?
  • Are you or your children sad and unhappy a lot of the time?
  • Are you worried that someone in your family might hurt your children?
  • Are you worried that when you baby is born you won’t be able to cope?
  • Is someone in your family shouting and arguing a lot of the time?

We have a Family Worker from the Benevolent Society who is able to help.

Contact 4340 1724 | admin@knc.net.au to make an appointment if you would like to meet and speak with the Family Worker.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE

Phillip Harding 0414 757 668 (not available weekends)

Shirley Lane-Smith 0402 767 711

Kristy McMillan 0414 866 296 (weekends only)

Russell Brown (limited availability) 0425 382 381

For a list of  local area Justices of the Peace please visit JP Public Register (nsw.gov.au)

NO INTEREST LOAN SCHEME

No Interest Loans (NILs) are a smart choice loan option to help you manage your money. 

How much can I borrow? 

 Borrow up to $2000 for essentials such as appliances or furniture, to help you get your car back on the road, pay for education fees and equipment or help you cover the cost of goods and services to support your wellbeing.

Borrow up to $3000 for housing related expenses such as bond or rent in advance, or for recovery from a natural disaster.

 What can I use a NILs loan for?

 Borrow up to $2000 for essential goods and services including:

 Household items like appliances, whitegoods & furniture

Car repairs & registration

Medical, dental, wellbeing and life event expenses

Technology like a phone or laptop

Education expenses like fees or uniforms

Employment expenses like licenses or equipment

Borrow up to $3,000 for:

Bond & rent in advance

Rates

Costs associated with a natural disaster

 Am I eligible?

Earn less than $70,000 annual income (before tax) as a single person or $100,000 annual income (before tax) if you have a partner or children

OR Have experienced family or domestic violence in the last 10 years

OR Have a Health Care Card / Pension Card

AND You can show you can afford to repay the loan

 

Phone or email us to book an appointment on 4340 1724 | nils@knc.net.au

NILS is offered by 170 local community organisations in over 600 locations across Australia. For more information visit www.nils.com.au

ADMIN SERVICES

Do you need to have documents faxed, emailed, scanned, photocopied or laminated? Do you need access to the internet? These services are available at reasonable prices at the Kariong Neighbourhood Centre during office hours, 9.00 am to 2.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

 

SERVICES PRICE LIST
PHOTOCOPYING and PRINTING – BLACK & WHITE – per page
A4 – first 5 pages Free
A4 – From 6th page 10 cents
A4 double sided – first 3 sheet Free
A4 double sided – from 4th sheet 20 cents
A3 20 cents
A3 double sided 30 cents
PHOTOCOPYING and PRINTING – COLOURED – per page
A4 – 1 page Free
A4 – from 2nd page 50 cents
A4 double sided – first sheet Free
A4 double sided – from 2nd sheet 60 cents
A3 coloured 80 cents
A3 double sided colour 90 cents
SCAN – per page
1 scan Free
From 2nd scan – per scan 20 cents
TELEPHONE & FAX
1 local/national phone call/fax Free
From 2nd local/national phone call/fax 20 cents
Fax received – first 5 pages Free
Fax received – from 6th page – per page 5 cents
LAMINATING SERVICE – per pouch
A4 $1.00
A3 $2.00
INTERNET USAGE
First 30 minutes Free
Every 30 minutes thereafter $1
Download and print from USB Must only be done on Hallway computer
Download and print from internet Internet usage & print charges apply – Hallway computer only may be used by customer
Rules for USB usage NO CUSTOMER USB TO BE USED IN NETWORKED COMPUTERS
TAX HELP

Need help with lodging your tax return?

Our Tax Help program is free and available between July and October. Tax Help is a network of ATO-trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax.

If you earn $60,000 or less and have simple tax affairs call us at Kariong Neighbourhood Centre on 4340 1724 to arrange an appointment with our Tax Help Volunteer.

Booking will be taken in July.

WHAT'S ON

  • Information & Referral
  • Administration services
  • No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)
  • Family Help Service
  • Free Family Law Clinic
  • Assisted Referral to someone.health
  • Resolve Psychological Counselling

MONDAY

  • 9am – 10am:  Pilates*
  • Available for hire – please contact the Centre

* During school term only

TUESDAY

  • 8.30am – 5pm: Early Childhood Clinic
  • 9.30am – 11.30am Little Big School
  • *Available for hire – please contact the Centre
  • * During school term only

WEDNESDAY

  • 9am – 10am: Tai Chi*
  • 10am – 3pm: Early Childhood Clinic
  • 10.30am – 12.30pm: Mums and Bubs Group**
  • 10.30am – 12.30pm: Active Playgroup*
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Food Relief Program

* During School Term only

** By Invitation

THURSDAY

  • 9.15am – 11.45am: Grace Church
  • Available for hire – please contact the Centre

* During school term only

FRIDAY

 

  • 11.00am – 1.00pm: Art & Craft Group*
  • Available for hire – please contact the Centre

* During school term only

SATURDAY

  • Venue Hire for Events such as Birthday Parties

SUNDAY

  • Venue Hire for Events such as Birthday Parties