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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 job seeker ready for fitness industry

MatchWorks job seeker Nicolette has started a course in fitness education and is on her way to finding employment in the fitness industry. The 25-year-old has come a long way since her initial appointment at MatchWorks East Geelong, where she presented with anxiety and was housebound for the past three years. 

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Two MatchWorks job seekers are thriving in the same workplace

MatchWorks Werribee has assisted two job seekers to find suitable employment at GrainCorp in West Footscray. The job seekers are employed under the Government's Supported Wage System, which encourages employers to hire more people with disabilities.

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Karingal and St Laurence staff celebrate Christmas

Almost 300 Karingal and St Laurence staff including supported staff celebrated the Christmas season on the lawns of Kardinia House on Friday.

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Karingal Training helps Joel realise his 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 in November 2015, but he was determined to explore new work opportunities through education.

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Job seekers graduate from Bendigo’s Deadly Yakka

Ten Indigenous job seekers were congratulated this week for graduating from the MatchWorks Deadly Yakka program in Bendigo. The participants graduated from the four-week employment program on December 7, which covered goal setting and personal development, life skills for work, interview skills, presentation advice, workplace expectations and job search skills; while also addressing personal barriers.

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Job seekers help create new community garden

MatchWorks job seekers have helped create a community garden which exhibits traditional and contemporary bush food plants at the Melton Botanic Gardens. Job seekers worked alongside the Friends of the Melton Botanic Gardens (FMBG) over six months to create the Native Bush Foods Garden. They also revegetated the south bank of Ryans Creek with indigenous plants.

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Queensland Deadly Yakka motivates Indigenous Job Seekers

Indigenous job seekers in Queensland have recently completed a week-long MatchWorks Deadly Yakka program to assist them in finding employment. The 15 program participants were congratulated and presented with awards at a graduation ceremony held on Friday December 2 at Pine Rivers Golf Club, Kurwongbah.

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Karingal Training delivers employment results

Karingal Training recently congratulated nine learners for completing their Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care & Home and Community Care). The participants completed the nine-month course on November 28. 

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Karingal and St Laurence clients and carers soak up soccer experience

More than 90 Geelong region Karingal and St Laurence clients and carers celebrated International Day of People with a Disability with a trip to Melbourne City Football Club's clash against Brisbane Roar at Melbourne's AAMI Park on Saturday.

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Upcoming Events

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Hundred Hole Hike 2017 Friday, 20 January, 2017, 5:00 AM The Hundred Hole Hike is on! Walk 100 holes of golf in a day to raise money for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or join us for an evening of music at Music to a Tee.
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2017 Geelong Awards for People with a Disability Tuesday, 7 February, 2017 Nominations are now open for the 2017 Geelong Awards for People with a Disability. Proudly brought to you by Karingal St Laurence and the City of Greater Geelong, the awards celebrate the amazing contribution people with a disability make to our city. Submit nominations to recognise some incredible achievements and help promote a fully inclusive community.
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2017 VaLiD Having a Say conference Wednesday, 8 February, 2017 The 2017 Having a Say Conference will run from February 8 - 10 at Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Geelong. The focus will be on the Six Powers of Strong Self Advocacy.
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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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