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, Pilates for Seniors, The Over 50s Friendship Group and Tai Chi.

We also offer First Aid Courses, Early Childhood Clinic and Immunisation Clinic, Indoor Bowls, “Be Connected” Program, Little Big School Program and Ukulele Lessons.

Out of School Our Care and Vacation Care

The Kariong Out of School Hours Care Service caters for children aged 4 – 13, 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).

PILATES

Pilates strengthens core muscles, improves flexibility & builds bone density!! Come along and have some fun in a class paced to your ability!

Pilates for Seniors
When: 
Mondays during school terms, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Cost: 
$10.00

Saturdays classes
When: Saturdays, 08:15am – 09:15am
Cost: $10.00

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.

Enroll for FREE computer lessons for seniors and people with disabilities here at Kariong Neighbourhood Centre. Our team of local volunteers are here for you.

Bookings Essential 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: $12.00

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

FOOD RELIEF PROGRAM

Our Food Relief Program is held at Kariong Neighbourhood Centre every Wednesday from 2pm – 3pm, and at Somersby Hall every Friday from 2pm – 3pm.
There is limited fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and canned goods, depending on supplies. Other items include bread, rice and pasta, and breakfast cereal.

1 shopping bag + 1 box  or  2 shopping bags ONLY per person.
Your $5 donation contributes to supporting programs and projects run by Kariong Neighbourhood Centre for our community.

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

DIRECTION HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

This course is suitable for anyone requiring a senior first aid certificate. Topics cover many of the emergency situations likely to require first aid. In the portion of the training, you are taught how to provide first aid with confidence. The distance learning component can be completed on-line via e-learning or in the traditional way using pen and paper. Those that are time challenged find this method very convenient.

For more information contact Directions Health:
Ph: 02 9486 3120 or visit www.firstaid.net.au

THE OVER 50'S FRIENDSHIP GROUP

Affectionately known as the TOFFS, this weekly social group has been very popular!!
Come along, join in and establish some rewarding friendships – men welcome!!

When: Fridays 12:15pm – 2pm

For more information – 4340 1724 | admin@knc.net.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.
Cost: $5.00 per child and plus $1 each additional child

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

LITTLE BIG SCHOOL

The program is designed for children (3-5 yr olds) who are preparing for school to extend their basic skills and gain practice and understanding of what is expected in the 1st year of school. Providing fun activities that promote learning and development in a small pre-school like setting.

When: Fridays 9:30am – 11:30am (during school term only)
Cost: $12.00 per child per session plus $12 annual enrolment fee.

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

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 AND INTRODUCING SOLIDS

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

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

Kariong OOSH is a not for profit Children’s service run through Kariong Neighbourhood Centre. We are open for  Before school, After School and Vacation Care. We work inclusively within KNC, meaning that we can offer families greater support with the services that are available to the community through our local Neighbourhood Centre.

Before School Care operates from 6.30am to the commencement of school and fees include breakfast. After school Care operates from 2.30pm – 6.30pm and fees include afternoon tea and late afternoon fruit snack.

Child care Subsidy is available if families have registered with the Family Assistance Office.

VACATION CARE

Throughout Vacation Care we provide a wide variety of activities, crafts and themed days, as well as excursions to various places of interest and fun, and informative incursions. Children from any school are welcome to attend our Vacation Care program.

Due to the high number of cancellations for Vacation Care bookings and where staff have already been rostered to work to cover ratios, when cancelling Vacation Care bookings with less than 7 days’ notice you will be charged 25% of the fee to cover costs.

Bookings are made through Book Me on your Hubworks account.
New enrolments please contact the centre.

FREE FAMILY LAW CLINIC

Appointments Available on Mondays from 5.30pm – 6.30pm,
(Availability according to court appearances) at Kariong Neighbourhood Centre, 10 Langford Drive, Kariong.

Booking essential – 02 4340 1724 or admin@knc.net.au

30 years experience in: Family Dispute Resolution/Mediation, Child Welfare, Family Law Divorce, Property & Parenting Criminal Law, Driving Matters, Wills & Probate, Neighbourhood Issues.

Website: http://www.katiesmithsolicitor.com.au/

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

Dianne Joan Parks 4340 0388

Georgina Greenway 0438 402 714

Phillip Harding 0414 757 668 (weekends only)

Shirley Lane-Smith 0402 767 711

WORK AND DEVELOPMENT ORDER

Can’t pay your fines?

Kariong Neighbourhood Centre provides volunteer work to help you pay your fines.

To qualify you need to be able to say yes to one of the following:

  • I get a Centrelink benefit

  • I am in financial hardship

  • I have a mental illness

  • I have an intellectual disability

  • I have cognitive impairment

Contact us on 4340 1724 or email admin@knc.net.au for more information or to make an appointment.

NO INTEREST LOAN SCHEME

No Interest Loans (NILS) provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.

What can I use this loan for?
No Interest Loans are for the purchase of essential goods and services for up to $1,500. Repayments are set at an affordable amount over 12 to 18 months.
Loans cannot be used to pay for food, rent, bills, cash or debts.

  • Repair a car
  • To pay for medical or dental expenses
  • To pay for education essentials like laptops and books
  • Household items and essentials like fridges and washing machines
  • Other items as requested such as household furniture and repairs

You are eligible if:

  • You have a Health Care Card / Pension Card or earn less than $45,000 a year after tax ($60,000 for couples or people with dependants).
  • You have lived at your current or previous address for at least 3 months.
  • You can show that you have the capacity 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

ASSISTED REFERRAL TO SOMEONE.HEALTH

Talk to someone about your mental health today.

Someone.health’s team of Bulk Billing Psychologists are available for video and telephone Counselling 7 days a week. And, for most Australian’s it’s free.

Your first 20 sessions each year are free.

All sessions are 50 minutes and you can choose whether it’s a video call or over the phone. You’ll just need to get a GP referral so Medicare covers it.

For more details, please check on their website: someone.health – Medicare Bulk Billed Online Psychologist Counselling Australia

or phone them on 1800 491 556 or email at team@someone.health

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 4.00 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

WHAT'S ON

  • Information & Referral
  • Administration services
  • Justice of the Peace
  • No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)
  • Work Development Order
  • Family Help Service
  • Free Family Law Clinic
  • Assisted Referral to someone.health

MONDAY

  • 12pm – 1pm: Pilates for Seniors*

TUESDAY

  • 8.30am – 5pm: Early Childhood Clinic
  • 10.30am – 11.30am: Basic Preschool Ballet*

WEDNESDAY

  • 9am – 10am: Tai Chi*
  • 9am – 3pm: First Aid Training from Direction Health
  • 10am – 3pm: Early Childhood Clinic
  • 10.30am – 12.30pm: Mums and Bubs Group**
  • 10.30am – 12.30pm: Active Playgroup*
  • 2pm – 3pm: Food Relief Program

* During School Term only

** By Invitation

THURSDAY

  • 9.15am – 11.45am: Grace Church*
  • 9.30am – 2pm: Free Computer Classes for Seniors

FRIDAY

  • 9.30am – 11.30am: Little Big School*
  • 9.30am – 11.30am: Triple P
  • 12.15pm – 2pm: The Over 50’s Friendship Group*

SATURDAY

  • 8.15am – 9.15am: Pilates for Fitness
  • Venue Hire for Events such as Birthday Party

SUNDAY

  • Venue Hire for Events such as Birthday Party