- Social and Recreational
- Day Activities
- In-home Respite
- Out-of-home Respite
Karingal's range of respite services are designed to provide
enjoyable experiences for people with a disability and a
well-earned rest for carers. Respite is available during the day,
overnight and on weekends and can be provided through recreation
and leisure options, in your own home or at one of Karingal's
respite houses or holiday houses.
Social and Recreational
Supporting people to join in community-based social and
recreational activities while carers take time out
Educational, recreational, leisure and craft activities to suit
all abilities are offered at Karingal. These activities can be
enjoyed for a morning, afternoon or the whole day.
Carers can go out, attend to home duties or just relax while
respite support is provided in the family home.
Overnight, weekend and holiday respite is available at Karingal
houses at several locations, including Ocean Grove and
191 Melaluka Road, Leopold) provides hundreds of Geelong and
Bellarine Peninsula residents with a disability and their carers
with access to much needed respite services and is the result of
more than $100,000 in cash that was raised via the "Melaluka
Appeal" as well as an additional $4200 worth of goods and services.
Take a tour at by visiting the Melaluka
For more information and eligibility criteria, Contact Us via
Form or phone Karingal on 5249 8900.
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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