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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 

 

 

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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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A fitting farewell for Daryl

With Daryl Starkey closing the curtains on his 15-year career as Karingal CEO, the Karingal Foundation Gala was the perfect opportunity to celebrate his significant contribution.

 

 

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MatchWorks opens more doors

MatchWorks has employed up to 100 staff across 35 new locations in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland as a result of the Federal Government's new employment service jobactive.

On July 1 the Federal Government launched jobactive - which replaces Job Services Australia - to better meet the needs of job seekers and employers and to improve job outcomes.

MatchWorks' Acting Executive Director Mark McCoy said he was thrilled with the growth in the new contract.

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Work for the Dole

MatchWorks will play a key role in finding valuable work experience opportunities for job seekers after being named as a Work for the Dole Co-ordinator across numerous Victorian regions.

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From the CEO: A fond farewell

After 15 years, the time has come to say goodbye to the Karingal community.

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Create claims top prize

Karingal's Create Youth program has produced an award-winning short film to help people understand mental illness.

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Building towards a more inclusive community

Karingal's commitment to ensuring people with a disability can live as independently as possible in a safe and comfortable environment is highlighted through the expansion of its accommodation services.

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Karingal BacLinks locks in new members

The conditions were as unforgiving as the gaol wardens and the governor at the Karingal BacLinks Doing Time 4 Community event, which saw prominent Geelong business figures put behind bars.

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Happy to give back

The National Volunteers Week theme of 'Give Happy, Live Happy' was the perfect fit for the 2015 Karingal BacLinks Winter Workplace Big Day Out.

Laughter echoed across The Leisuretime Centre stadium on May 28 as people with a disability and employee volunteers took to the courts for an action-packed day. The inclusive day of fun activities featured netball, volleyball, dancing, basketball and soccer.

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Bollywood Big Night Out

It's time to search for a sari and hone your high-energy dance moves in preparation for the 2015 Karingal Big Night Out, which has Bollywood as this year's theme.

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Upcoming Events

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Dementia and Dancing Thursday, 24 September, 2015, 1:30 PM As part of Dementia Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria and the Dementia Agency Network Geelong invite you to an afternoon of Dementia and Dancing. A public lecture by Dr Alastair Mander will be followed by a tea dance and refreshments.
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Barwarre Gardens Open Day Saturday, 10 October, 2015, 11:00 AM Barwarre Gardens is holding a free open day! Find out more about the wonderful retirement living on offer at Barwarre Gardens Retirement Village.
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Women's Retreat for Brain Cancer 10-11 Oct, 2015 Sunday, 11 October, 2015 The Peace of Mind Foundation are hosting an exclusive women's weekend of pampering and wellness for brain cancer patients and carers, Oct 10-11.
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Karingal Big Night Out Friday, 20 November, 2015 Save the dates for the 2015 Karingal Big Night Out, which has Bollywood as this year's theme.
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