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Respite Services

Respite Options

  • 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

Day Activities

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.

In-Home respite

Carers can go out, attend to home duties or just relax while respite support is provided in the family home.

Out-of-Home Respite

Overnight, weekend and holiday respite is available at Karingal houses at several locations, including Ocean Grove and Warrnambool.

Melaluka

"Melaluka" (at 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 Virtual Tour.  

 

Contact

For more information and eligibility criteria, Contact Us via the Online Form or phone Karingal on 5249 8900.

 
 

Latest News

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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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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

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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

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Legendary artist Archie Roach to perform for Karingal’s Music to a Tee

Legendary Australian singer songwriter, Archie Roach is the latest musician to join Karingal's Music to a Tee concert series to raise funds for the Eastern Geelong Community Centre (EGCC) Appeal.

Pictured: Music to a Tee poster featuring Archie Roach, Gina Williams and Guy Ghoose

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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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