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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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Media Release - And the nominations are…

As a former Australian of the Year nominee, Lynne Foreman knows that being recognised for your achievements is  a welcome gesture. It's one of the reasons she is proud to be involved in the inaugural Geelong Awards for People with a Disability 2015, which have attracted a stellar field of nominations.

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Russell Morris takes to the greens for community fundraiser

On Friday January 9 the greens of 13th Beach Golf Links will once again be transformed into a concert venue when Russell Morris, performs with Two Dogs as part of the Music to a Tee series to help raise funds for Karingal's Eastern Geelong Community Centre (EGCC) Appeal. 

To book visit the Karingal Foundation 

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Partnering to ease large business recruitment stress

Job service provider MatchWorks has joined five other leading employment
service providers across Australia to form a six-way partnership to ease the
recruitment stress on large businesses.

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A day at the soccer for Karingal participants

Fifteen participants from Karingal South West will celebrate International Day of People with Disability by cheering on Melbourne City as they play Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Sunday 7 December.

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Unemployment being tackled head-on by job agency

Victoria's high unemployment rate is being tackled head-on by local employment service provider MatchWorks through an innovative initiative called Destination Work,which has been rolling out across the state since June this year. This ground-breaking program aims to assist long-term unemployed and over 45 year old job seekers from Cranbourne and Sunshine back into work through support to overcome individual barriers.

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Taking workplace volunteering to new heights

On Friday 14 November young Karingal participants will have an action-packed day abseiling and bushwalking at the You Yangs Regional Park alongside volunteers from Geelong-based health insurance provider GMHBA during a Karingal BacLinks (Business and Community Links) facilitated event.

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Pioneering awards for people with a disability

Karingal has partnered with the City of Greater Geelong to help strengthen the region's status as a disability leader through the introduction of the Geelong Awards for People with a Disability 2015.

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Premier opens Karingal Kommercial Facility

Karingal Kommercial welcomed special guest, Premier of Victoria Dr Denis Napthine, to open its state-of-the-art facility that provides ongoing employment opportunities for people with a disability. 

Pictured: Karingal Board Chair Rod Payne unveils the plaque with Premier Napthine

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A crucial period for MatchWorks

MatchWorks is in the midst of an exciting yet challenging period that will help shape the organisation's growth.

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Upcoming Events

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Geelong Awards for People with a Disability Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 Karingal has partnered with the City of Greater Geelong to help strengthen the region's status as a disability leader through the introduction of the Geelong Awards for People with a Disability 2015.
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Valid Having a Say conference Friday, 6 February, 2015 The Having a Say conference 2015, presented by Valid aims to empower self-directed goals and self-management through knowledge and participation. 4-6 February at Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Geelong
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"Women with Disabilities: Our Right to Respect!" Women's Peer Education Program Monday, 16 February, 2015, 4:00 PM “Our Right to Respect” is a peer education program for women with disabilities who want to talk about having respectful relationships. This program is run by Women with Disabilities Victoria for and with women with disabilities This program will be run in February and March 2015. The program is made up of 4 sessions and each session is 2 hours long.
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Write-ability Writers Group sessions - Writers Victoria Wednesday, 24 June, 2015 Write-ability aims to support writers with disability who want to develop their skills and writing careers. Various dates available.
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