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
Karingal is an Aboriginal word meaning 'happy home' or 'happy
Today Karingal comprises of a nine member Board, over 1500 staff
and over 150 volunteers.
- 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
- 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
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Karingal Inc. (Vic) Limited Liability
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375 903 | ABN 97 468 305 401
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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.
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.
Karingal executive recognises high achievers
The stand-out achievements of Karingal employee David Zerafa and
achiever Ben Carbonaro were recognised at the recent Karingal
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
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's tenure with Karingal finished after 15 years, while new
CEO Mike McKinstry took the reins in July.
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.
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
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
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