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About Us

Karingal is a not-for-profit organisation that commenced services in Geelong in 1952.

It was established to improve the quality of life for people with a disability by providing and promoting valued services, care and supports in:

  • Personal development
  • Education programs
  • Vocational placement, training and support services
  • Accommodation and associated support services and
  • Aged care and related services.

To ensure these services and supports are delivered in a timely and effective manner Karingal undertakes to:

  • Promote the organisation, its services and purpose
  • Encourage partnerships with all levels of government, businesses and potential funding bodies
  • Undertake ventures and business enterprises that promote Karingal's purpose and
  • Promote membership of the Association to the Karingal community.

Karingal is an Aboriginal word meaning 'happy home' or 'happy hut'.

Today Karingal comprises of a nine member Board, over 1500 staff and over 150 volunteers.

Karingal provides:

  • Accommodation, respite, home-based and day activities for people with a disability and their families across the Barwon South West of Victoria and in the Mornington Peninsula
  • Aged services and mental health support across the Barwon Region
  • Employment in a supported environment in an Australian Disability Enterprise across a range of Geelong locations
  • Employment services, including disability employment services, in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, including a specialist service for people with a disability, from a total of 57 locations.
  • Accredited and non-accredited training throughout Victoria, specialising in training for the Community Services sector and foundation skills courses
  • Community engagement brokerage services in Geelong and Portland 

 

 


Karingal Inc. (Vic) Limited Liability
Reg. Assoc. A0038261E | ARBN 158 375 903 | ABN 97 468 305 401
 

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Latest News

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MatchWorks jobactive sites achieve outstanding performance results

MatchWorks jobactive sites in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland have received their performance results for the end of the December 2016 Star Rating period. Five MatchWorks employment regions received the maximum five star rating, including: South Eastern Melbourne and Peninsula, Western Melbourne, Barwon, Bendigo and Adelaide South.

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MatchWorks opens new Bacchus Marsh office

The new MatchWorks Bacchus Marsh office is in full swing following its official opening last week. The opening event, on Thursday February 16, was attended by local employers, training & education organisations, Department of Social Services representatives, MatchWorks staff and many others.

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Salisbury job seeker employed after more than a decade

MatchWorks job seeker Fotini had been out of work for more than 10 years but wanted a better future for herself and her children. The single mother-of-two did not have a car or licence, and also suffered from a medical condition that caused her to experience severe episodes of pain.

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Geelong job seeker overcomes personal difficulties to teach others

Mental health had affected job seeker Gayle's ability to stay in her employment as a nurse and midwife - an industry that she had worked in for 30 years. Gayle experienced several family tragedies that caused severe depression and an inability to perform her normal caring duties. As a result she faced unemployment for more than two years - but she wanted to turn her life around and have purpose again.

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MatchWorks job seekers build and donate community train

MatchWorks Work for the Dole (WfD) job seekers and supervisors unveiled and donated their Tom the Train project at a celebratory event in Seaford. Twenty Work for the Dole participants worked on the six-month project at Envision Employment Services by stripping down an old car, restoring the engine, brakes and gear box and building a train body and four carriages. The train was donated to Scouts Victoria. 

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Geelong celebrates disability award winners

The Geelong community celebrated the achievements of an outstanding group of people at last night's Geelong Awards for People with a Disability.

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Hundred Hole Hikers continue to impress

An intrepid group of golf enthusiasts have again successfully taken on the extreme challenge of completing 100 holes of golf in one day, all in the name of raising much-needed funds to support programs for people living with an acquired brain injury.



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Young Endeavour invites Karingal along for a sailing adventure

A group of 24 Karingal clients and staff climbed aboard the Young Endeavour for a sail around Corio Bay yesterday. The Young Endeavour is Australia's national sail training ship which is crewed by young Australians aged 16-23 years old.

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MatchWorks job seeker placed in supportive environment

Geelong job seeker Mason presented to MatchWorks Geelong looking for independence and felt this would be found through employment.  The 20-year-old, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, had recently completed a Certificate IV in Accounting at the Gordon TAFE to increase his employability. He had also been volunteering with Springdale Neighbourhood Centre in Drysdale.

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Upcoming Events

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Professor Tony Attwood Autism Spectrum Disorder & Aspergers Syndrome Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 4:30 PM Karingal is pleased to be a major sponsor for the 2017 South West Disability Network Tony Attwood Seminars. The seminars will run in Warrnambool on March 30 and 31, 2017. If you are in the South West over those dates and are wanting to increase your understanding of autism, register now.
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