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Karingal and St Laurence are merging into a new organisation called "Karingal St Laurence" (KSL).

 

KSL will bring together services that both organisation have offered for many years and will offer a new level of advocacy and support for people with special needs. It will deliver increased certainty for consumers by securing its services for many years to come, and will reinforce KSL as an innovative and progressive leader in the disability, aged care, employment, training and housing sectors.

 

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Geelong job seekers show off culinary skills

Parents from the Geelong region have been enrolled by MatchWorks in a fun 7-week cooking course as part of the MatchWorks Principal Carer Parent Program.The parents, who are preparing to return to work, are completing the home cooking course at Jamie's Ministry of Food in Geelong in order to develop skills required to make healthy meals for their families in a time efficient manner. Last week they learnt how to cook chicken fajitas from scratch. 

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MatchWorks Disability Employment Services sites achieve outstanding results

MatchWorks DES sites in Victoria and South Australia have received their performance results for the end of the December 2016 Star Rating period. Some highlights include the Preston, Flemington and Morphett Vale (SA) sites receiving the maximum 5 stars, while Corio, Torquay, Ocean Grove, Elizabeth (SA), and Broadmeadows sites achieved 4 stars. 

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Book explores supportive relationships

Barwon region participants and support workers have shared their stories in a new book which explores the dynamics of the relationship between young people with a disability and their support workers.

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Ringwood restaurant showcases disability employment opportunity

A Ringwood restaurant has teamed with MatchWorks to host an evening of disability employment promotion, which has been described as a "raging success". A group of eight MatchWorks Disability Employment Services (DES) clients participated in the evening at The Cellar Door last week. They worked in both front-of-house and kitchen roles to serve more than 40 guests with a three-course meal.

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Joel realises employment goals

A struggle with language, literacy and numeracy was an open problem for Joel when he first walked through the doors of Karingal Training Sunshine, but he was determined to explore new work opportunities through education.

With the help of a dedicated Karingal Training trainer, Genevieve, he completed two job ready qualifications and a work placement and is now happily working for Home Instead Senior Care.

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Local achievers celebrated for ability

Six outstanding achievers were celebrated for their contributions to the community at the Geelong Awards for People with a Disability ceremony last month at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

This year's honours went to Simone Stevens for Volunteering, Annaliese Bishop for Sports and Recreation, Nicci Wall for Leadership and Advocacy, Ryan Schmidtke for Achievement, and Michael Chan for Arts, while the Young Achiever award was presented to Chloe Hayden.

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Clients and carers soak up soccer experience

More than 90 Karingal and St Laurence clients and carers travelled to Melbourne's AAMI Park on Saturday December 1 to see Melbourne City Football Club's clash against Brisbane Roar.

MatchWorks organised tickets and transport for clients and carers from Geelong, Warrnambool, Colac, Wyndham, Frankston and Rosebud, while Geelong's All Abilities soccer team was one of six teams participating in half-time games.

MatchWorks also hosted a Chairman's function for 30 guests, including Pararoos vice-captain Chris Pyne.  Chris last year captained New South Wales to victory at the National Paralympic Football Championships and spoke to fans before the game.  Everyone involved enjoyed a great night of soccer action.

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Indigenous employment program heads to New South Wales

Local employment service provider Employment Services Group (ESG), with support from MatchWorks, launched the successful Deadly Yakka program in Mount Druitt today for Indigenous job seekers in the region. The initiative, specifically designed for Indigenous job seekers, focuses on real employment outcomes and assists people to find a job they will be passionate about.

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Participants hone skills at Melbourne City clinic

A group of Karingal KABLE participants honed their soccer skills at a clinic before Melbourne City FC's clash against Sydney FC on Friday.

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Upcoming Events

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Brain carer support group meeting Thursday, 6 April, 2017, 4:30 PM BRAINS welcomes all adult family members who provide care and support for a loved one with an ABI. Their aim is to provide information in a mutually supportive network.
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2017 KarnivART Wednesday, 3 May, 2017, 4:30 PM KarnivART Geelong is a unique art exhibition featuring high quality works of art created by artists with a disability. The 2017 exhibition will be held at the Eastern Hub Geelong and will run during the month of May.
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For Individuals
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People with Mental Illness
Karingal's Transcend branch offers a range of flexible services for people with mental illness. Learn More
 
People who are frail aged
Karingal's services for older individuals and their families include respite, carer respite, assistance around the home and social support. Learn More
 
People who need training
Karingal delivers accredited and non-accredited training, provides supported employment and support people of all abilities to find work. Learn More
 
Youth Services
Karingal's Create Youth branch assists young people in transitioning into further education, training or employment. Learn More
 

For Businesses
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Catering and Gourmet Food

Kommercial offers delicious corporate catering for businesses throughout Geelong. Items include:

  • Hot and cold platters
  • Sandwiches, wraps and rolls
  • Drinks
  • Sweets including slices, biscuits and scones.

Gourmet food is also available at our Online Store. Range includes gourmet jams, chutneys, cordials and more!

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Finding Staff

MatchWorks is Victoria's largest employment services provider with over 14 years' experience. We offer services in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, from a total of 57 locations. If you need staff, MatchWorks provides a quality service to help you fill your employment vacancies FREE of charge.

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Training

Karingal Training is a Registered Training Organisation specialising in a wide variety of training in the community services and employment service industries, as well as a range of vocational short courses. Karingal Training can work with you to tailor a course to your needs, at your office or a Karingal Training venue.

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Packaging, Landcare & Industrial Services

Outsourcing repetitive and time consuming tasks to Kommercial can provide your staff with more time to focus on dedicating their expertise to increasing the value of your business.

Services include, but are not limited to:

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Community Engagement

Karingal Foundation

Funds raised by the Karingal Foundation allow Karingal to build new facilities for people with a disability, develop new and innovative services and be involved in community projects that enrich the lives of people with a disability. 

BacLinks

BacLinks is an initiative of Karingal that specialises in educating, supporting and creating opportunities for businesses and community agencies from any sector to engage with each other for mutual benefit.

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