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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.

 
 

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Geelong job seekers show off culinary skills

Parents from the Geelong region have been enrolled by MatchWorks in a fun 7-week cooking course as part of the MatchWorks Principal Carer Parent Program.The parents, who are preparing to return to work, are completing the home cooking course at Jamie's Ministry of Food in Geelong in order to develop skills required to make healthy meals for their families in a time efficient manner. Last week they learnt how to cook chicken fajitas from scratch. 

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MatchWorks Disability Employment Services sites achieve outstanding results

MatchWorks DES sites in Victoria and South Australia have received their performance results for the end of the December 2016 Star Rating period. Some highlights include the Preston, Flemington and Morphett Vale (SA) sites receiving the maximum 5 stars, while Corio, Torquay, Ocean Grove, Elizabeth (SA), and Broadmeadows sites achieved 4 stars. 

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Book explores supportive relationships

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A struggle with language, literacy and numeracy was an open problem for Joel when he first walked through the doors of Karingal Training Sunshine, but he was determined to explore new work opportunities through education.

With the help of a dedicated Karingal Training trainer, Genevieve, he completed two job ready qualifications and a work placement and is now happily working for Home Instead Senior Care.

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Local achievers celebrated for ability

Six outstanding achievers were celebrated for their contributions to the community at the Geelong Awards for People with a Disability ceremony last month at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

This year's honours went to Simone Stevens for Volunteering, Annaliese Bishop for Sports and Recreation, Nicci Wall for Leadership and Advocacy, Ryan Schmidtke for Achievement, and Michael Chan for Arts, while the Young Achiever award was presented to Chloe Hayden.

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Clients and carers soak up soccer experience

More than 90 Karingal and St Laurence clients and carers travelled to Melbourne's AAMI Park on Saturday December 1 to see Melbourne City Football Club's clash against Brisbane Roar.

MatchWorks organised tickets and transport for clients and carers from Geelong, Warrnambool, Colac, Wyndham, Frankston and Rosebud, while Geelong's All Abilities soccer team was one of six teams participating in half-time games.

MatchWorks also hosted a Chairman's function for 30 guests, including Pararoos vice-captain Chris Pyne.  Chris last year captained New South Wales to victory at the National Paralympic Football Championships and spoke to fans before the game.  Everyone involved enjoyed a great night of soccer action.

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Indigenous employment program heads to New South Wales

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Participants hone skills at Melbourne City clinic

A group of Karingal KABLE participants honed their soccer skills at a clinic before Melbourne City FC's clash against Sydney FC on Friday.

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Upcoming Events

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Brain carer support group meeting Thursday, 6 April, 2017, 4:30 PM BRAINS welcomes all adult family members who provide care and support for a loved one with an ABI. Their aim is to provide information in a mutually supportive network.
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2017 KarnivART Wednesday, 3 May, 2017, 4:30 PM KarnivART Geelong is a unique art exhibition featuring high quality works of art created by artists with a disability. The 2017 exhibition will be held at the Eastern Hub Geelong and will run during the month of May.
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