- 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.
Geelong job seeker regains confidence after finding work
MatchWorks job seeker Lenny Peters was 15 years old when he
became a paraplegic after losing his balance and falling 30 metres
down a cliff-face at the beachside town of Barwon Heads. Now 49,
Lenny has started a new job at Serco in Melbourne after he
struggled to find work in Geelong when his previous employer in
Warrnambool ceased business.
Building community inclusion
Five Karingal clients have seized the opportunity to soak up new
experiences as part of the Community Inclusion Initiative.
The National Disability Services project was commissioned by the
National Disability Insurance Agency. It saw five Karingal clients
and their families step outside the square and try something new.
By doing so, they co-designed innovative ways to build community
Eastern Hub Geelong at the heart of the community
Eastern Hub Geelong offers a community space like no other in
the Geelong region where people of all abilities and ages can come
A Karingal initiative, the $6.5 million centre was opened on
April 21 by Member for Geelong Christine Couzens and Karingal chair
Rodney Payne in front of more than 150 guests.
MatchWorks appoints new executive director
Renae Lowry has been appointed the new executive director at
MatchWorks. Renae joins MatchWorks following a long and successful
career working in employment services, both at the frontline of
operations and as a senior manager.
Karingal Training helps Heidi get her mojo back
When Heidi Wisken presented to her doctor with rapid weight
loss, vomiting and no energy, she said her "mojo had got up and
gone". After 18 months of numerous assessments and tests, Heidi was
diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and then depression.
In May 2015 Heidi commenced a Certificate I Work Education
course with Karingal Training in the hope of returning to work.
Thursday, 5 May, 2016
KarnivART is a unique exhibition featuring quality pieces created by artists with a disability or a mental illness. Open 9am - 3pm.
Karingal Southern Open Day
Wednesday, 11 May, 2016, 9:30 AM
The Karingal Southern Open Day will feature activities and client creations from areas such as cooking, sewing, drama and art.
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