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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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City Start begins with football and fun

Melbourne City FC through their charity City in the Community and local employment provider MatchWorks have teamed up again to help unemployed young, culturally and linguistically diverse men boost their confidence, change their lifestyle, and improve their chances of finding ongoing employment through new community initiative, City Start.

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MatchWorks seeks an Executive Director

We are recruiting exclusively for the role of Executive Director- MatchWorks. This is a vital, senior role for the organisation with a focus on realising business growth. 

 

 

 

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GMHBA helps launch the Lazarus Centre

The long awaited Lazarus Centre housed in the newly renovated Governor's residence at the Old Geelong Gaol will officially be opened at a breakfast launch on Monday, 1st February, before opening up to provide sanctuary for local people living rough.

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Sportability Employment Program is kicking goals

MatchWorks job seeker Ben Carbonaro has spoken on Melbourne radio about his experience with the Sportability employment program.

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Karingal executive recognises high achievers

The stand-out achievements of Karingal employee David Zerafa and achiever Ben Carbonaro were recognised at the recent Karingal AGM.

Karingal Chair Rod Payne and CEO Mike McKinstry personally congratulated David, Employee Award, and Ben, Achiever Award, in front of Karingal members and staff at the Geelong Football Club.

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Another year of progress

Karingal underwent a year of change and development, as the organisation welcomed a new CEO and farewelled long-serving chief Daryl Starkey.

Daryl's tenure with Karingal finished after 15 years, while new CEO Mike McKinstry took the reins in July.

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Barwarre Gardens launches stage 4

Stage 4 of Karingal's Barwarre Gardens Retirement Village was released to the public at an Open Day on Saturday 10 October.  The day was to coincide with the celebrating community theme of this year's Seniors Festival.

Members of the public enjoyed a free BBQ, Devonshire Tea and entertainment while strolling through the display homes and the impressive community centre that was opened last year.

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Big Night Out goes to Bollywood

The annual Karingal Big Night Out event united Karingal corporate business partners, staff, board members, Karingal participants, their family and friends in an all-inclusive celebration.

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Karingal supports GROW initiative

Community organisations, politicians and business leaders gathered at Karingal Kommercial to promote a new initiative which addresses community disadvantage in the G21 region.

Karingal was one of 19 organisations that signed the G21 Region Opportunities for Work (GROW) agreement which committed them to integrate the GROW philosophy into their own company's values and daily operations.

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Upcoming Events

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International Women's Day Come and Try Self Defence Thursday, 10 March, 2016, 10:30 AM Karingal, the City of Greater Geelong, Women with Disabilities Victoria Leadership Network Barwon and Wise Self Defence presents Come and Try Self Defence.
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