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Location: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley
ARAFMI Hunter provides a range of high quality and holistic services that support individuals, couples, families, children and organisations.
We are a community managed charitable organisation working in partnership with mental health services to ensure our community understands and responds to the impact of mental illness on families, relatives and friends.
Location: Australia wide
Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre (ARRC) provides education, support , counselling and research programs to help individuals to live well with autoimmune illnesses in particular, lupus, scleroderma, Raynaud’s, Sjögrens and associated illness.
Our mission is to improve health and quality of life of individuals with autoimmune illness through education, support & research.
Location: Newcastle, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Upper Hunter
Calvary Mater Newcastle is a public hospital located in Newcastle, NSW, delivering more than 320,000 occasions of outpatient services and in excess of 16,000 inpatient treatments per year.
The hospital is the major cancer care centre for the region and staff work hard to continually improve the care provided and access to the most advanced cancer treatment technology.
Calvary Mater Newcastle is a major research centre with local, national and international research collaborations and activities, as well as being a major clinical trial centre.
Calvary Mater Newcastle provides an Emergency Department open 24 hours seven days a week, an Intensive Care Unit, extensive palliative care services including the Mercy Hospice. Our range of medical and surgical services includes internal medicine, alcohol and drug services, and our surgery division provides services in a pre-procedures clinic, operating theatres, a day surgery unit and recovery room.
Donations, no matter the financial value, are always appreciated by Calvary Mater Newcastle because they enable us to purchase equipment and help us to continue to enhance our provision of comfort and care for the benefit of our patients.
Please note, you may nominate a service or department you wish your donation to go to and the hospital will ensure your contribution is applied specifically for this purpose.
Location: Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Central Coast
Camp Quality’s purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.
The services we provide for children (0-13 years) living with cancer and their families help create a better life by building optimism and resilience throughout each stage of their cancer journey. Our programs are Australia-wide: we have an office in every state and territory.
Right from diagnosis, throughout treatment and in remission or bereavement, our programs support the whole family; at hospital, at home, back at school and away from it all.
Location: Newcastle, Hunter, Port Stephens, Upper Hunter
Our mission at Cancer Council NSW is to beat cancer. We provide cancer prevention, support, research and advocacy services for people with all cancers across Hunter Central Coast with community offices based in Charlestown, Singleton and Erina and hospital Cancer Council Information Centres at the Calvary Mater Newcastle, Lake Macquarie Private, Wyong and Gosford Hospitals.
Our aim is to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. We are fully funded by community donations and provide local services such as transport to treatment, direct financial assistance to patients and carers, home help services, cancer support groups, prevention programs such as Sun Smart and Eat it To Beat it nutrition program and a range of emotional and social support services. We fund the most promising cancer research into all cancers.
Location: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter
We get it. Just when life should be full of possibilities, cancer crashes into a young person’s world and shatters everything. CanTeen is the game changer.
We help young people cope with their own cancer or cancer in their family. Through CanTeen, they learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancer, connect with other young people in the same boat and if they’ve been diagnosed themselves, we provide specialist, youth-specific treatment teams.
By feeling understood and supported, young people develop resilience and can rebuild the foundations that crumbled beneath them when cancer turned their life upside down. That’s how CanTeen is the difference.
CanTeen works by having young people at the centre of everything we do. Combined with our leading edge research into the emotional and social impacts of cancer, it ensures that we truly understand how cancer is different in a young person’s world.
CanTeen has a team located in Newcastle (Kotara) that provides support to young people of the Newcastle and Hunter region.
Location: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie
At Centre For Hope we work with Disadvantaged Young People and provide them with the opportunity to view themselves in a way that is often contrary to their expectations and those of others. We seek to empower these Young People so that they connect to the things that matter to them and thus create and inspired life. Above all else, once a Young Person is heard and their story listened to without judgement they are often able to move beyond the limitations and boundaries set and begin to respect themselves. This allows them to see the possibilities in life and their part in creating them.
We work one on one or in groups and accept referrals from schools, FACS, CAMHS and a variety of other sources. We provide Young People access to coaching and this allows them to create their inspired life whilst being supported by community members who act as mentors.
We also support families of these young people and run a Homework Centre and Drop In Centre in the Lake Macquarie area. We also run a Wheels for Hope project which allows young people to recondition bikes at Mount Hutton, Kurri, Raymond Terrace and Gilgandra.
Location: Lake Macquarie
Community Activities Lake Macquarie Inc. (CALM) work collaboratively to strengthen the lives of children, families and young people to enhance their ability to reach their potential.
We do this through education, support, community development, information and advocacy. We achieve our vision of ‘working to make lives better’ through a range of 1:1, group, community and in school programs and services across our Child & Family, Youth Development, Care Activities (OOSH) and National Chaplaincy Service teams.
Together business and NFP’s can have a positive impact on the lives of those in our community facing hardship and disadvantage. We welcome a conversation with you about the range of sponsorship and partner opportunities available with CALM.
Location: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Hunter
ConnectAbility provides a range of personalised supports that gives opportunities for people to be able to access community resources and venues. We support people with a disability to live the lives they choose through building skills of independence and access to activities across the Hunter.
Older members of the community are assisted to maintain their independence through in home domestic supports, travel to appointments and shopping, and access to friendship groups that maintain links to the community and provide entertainment, and in some cases respite for family carers.
Our services to young people and families include counselling, playgroup, vacation and after school programs and a variety of education sessions to support people from CALD backgrounds.
Location: Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Hunter
Catalina Conference Centre is a multi-purpose centre on picturesque Lake Macquarie, with conference facilities (100+), accommodation (50+) and kitchen/dining areas with a view.
The centre provides a venue for disability groups, community and business to use for group activities such as meetings, retreats, training or team building.
Location: Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens
Firstchance is a transdisciplinary service that provides early intervention and school aged programs for children with disabilities, and we work in partnership with their families. We have significant expertise in assisting children with a range of disabilities – and this includes developmental delay, autism, chromosomal disorders and genetic conditions.
Based in Newcastle, our services also extend to the Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens regions. With research demonstrating that working as a team in the child’s community leads to better outcomes, we actively engage with parents, carers, educators and the community. Our philosophy is that parents and carers are the most important teachers of their children. We therefore share our expertise with them so they can continue to make progress even when we’re not around. This approach supports each child’s development, which makes the changes more sustainable.
We are a not for profit organisation, and our range of services include family support, specialised therapy, early childhood intervention and professional development in a variety of environments to suit the family’s needs. Firstchance has been serving the greater Newcastle region for over forty years. Our collaborative team includes enthusiastic, talented and experienced Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists, Educators, Family Workers, Support Workers and a Psychologist.
Location: Newcastle, Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Upper Hunter, Lower Hunter
Got Your Back Sista provides benevolent relief and support to women and children escaping domestic violence and are at risk of living below the poverty line. We give a hand up for them to begin again and live independently, with dignity and a means to create their own independent wealth.
Location: Newcastle, Hunter
The Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation is a Newcastle (Hunter) based and founded non-profit organisation, which raises much needed funds to provide information and support for women and men diagnosed with, or being treated for breast cancer in the Hunter, and for their families.
The Foundation is unique as all monies raised are used to support women, men and their families of the Newcastle and Hunter Region only. We are a local charity supporting local people.
Location: Newcastle, Hunter
The aim of the Hunter Melanoma Foundation (HMF) is to promote public awareness to the prevention and early detection of melanoma; to establish and maintain support for people in our region requiring treatment for melanoma; to support melanoma research in our region.
Location: Hunter region, including Upper Hunter, Australia and international connections
The Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Centre helps to support regions, like the Hunter Region of NSW, that are navigating the shift from traditional industries, such as resources and manufacturing, to globally-positioned, knowledge-based economies. It does this by informing industry, government and the community with a sound base of socio-economic evidence.
The Centre’s focus is providing rigorous, independent research and analysis that is readily understood and clear in its implications. It represents a partnership forged between the long-standing Hunter Research Foundation and Newcastle’s world-class university – ranked in the top 1% of universities world-wide. The multi-disciplinary HRF Centre can draw on academic expertise to support analysis, decision-making, and innovation across sectors including health, engineering, energy and the environment.
The Centre is undertaking an initiative to develop new methods of measuring – combining traditional tools with big data (e.g., phone call and credit purchase volumes) and biophysical evidence (e.g., population biomarkers). The Centre also works with enterprises large and small, local and international. Its work fundamentally informs and guides communities and regions undergoing profound change.
The HRF Centre attracts hundreds of key business people and decision-makers each quarter to its Hunter Economic Breakfast Series, the region’s main event for business intelligence and networking. Dynamic speakers deliver the latest national and international economic insights at the six breakfasts each year.
The Hunter Region Economic Indicators capture the nation’s economic trends and the Hunter region’s performance across key areas including: labour, unemployment, house prices, housing and business performance. The Indicators are based on data collected from thousands of households and businesses through the HRF Centre’s quarterly Hunter Pulse surveys.
Location: Hunter, Newcastle, Maitland, Cessnock, Upper Hunter
Interrelate is an innovative and flexible provider of relationship services across NSW. We specialise in supporting parents and children and strengthening family relationships. Since 1926, we have been delivering quality relationship services to individuals, couples, families, children, schools and communities through our network of centres and outreach locations. Our approaches are strengths-based and child-focussed.
When you come to Interrelate, you can expect high-quality attention and care from professionals who are passionate about helping you to have strong relationships.
Some of our services are free and others attract a fee (sliding scale based on income).
Location: Newcastle, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast, Maitland, Upper Hunter
John Hunter Children’s Hospital provides specialist medical care for children and young people from birth to 18 years of age. The Children’s Hospital is a 121 bed facility, treating children with life threatening illnesses and injury.
The Children’s Hospital provides specialist care for Northern NSW. From the Central Coast to the Queensland border and out to the New England Region, the Children’s Hospital in Newcastle is provides care for 20% of NSW children and young people.
Location: Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast
|Lifeline provides crisis support and suicide prevention services across the Newcastle & Hunter region.
Our Vision: An Australia Free of Suicide
Our Mission: To support Australians in times of crisis and equip individuals and communities to be resilient and suicide safe.
SAVING 5000 LIVES PER YEAR
VOLUNTEERS MAKE LIFELINE
Location: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter, Great Lakes, Cessnock, Dungog and Gloucester
The Mentor Support Network operates in the Hunter Region to support the educational goals of young people through mentoring and scholarships.
Members are individuals and organizations supportive of mentoring. All are welcome to join.
Major activities include:
Educational Scholarships are awarded to young students over 15 years old who are committed to achieving educational goals, but who, because of financial or other hardship, are at significant risk of being unable to do so. Scholarships range in value up to $3000.
Students are nominated by organisational members in August/September. Since 2008 149 awards have been made to students across the region.
Community Education provides professional development opportunities for members. High profile speakers present current research and address contemporary issues of relevance to working with youth and understanding their world.
During 2017 there will be five presentations: 4 April, 16 May, 27 June, 8 August and 19 September.
The Mentor Training Program has been developed to provide mentors working with MSN member organizations the skills and tools necessary for working with youth. The next training session is scheduled for May.
A Mentor Recognition Breakfast is held each December to celebrate mentoring and the amazing people who volunteer as mentors. Organisational members are invited to nominate mentors working or volunteering with them for special recognition.
The Newcastle Basket Brigade brings together likeminded volunteers who want to make a difference in our community. Throughout the year we raise funds and collect donations of toys and non-perishable food items and in the weeks leading up to the Festive Christmas Season we bring all of this together and create food baskets, with gifts for the children and parents, to distribute anonymously to families in need in our communities.
Our baskets contain the items to create a wonderful Christmas lunch and some treats as well. We also include pantry staples and the basket sizes are determined by the family size. Age appropriate gifts are wrapped and included in the delivery. The baskets are anonymous but they do include a simple note that says “This is from someone who cares. We hope that you can take care of yourself so that one day you may be able to do the same for someone else”
While the basket recipients receive a basket full of food and gifts and the message of caring from strangers, the volunteers also greatly benefit from their participation in the Newcastle Basket Brigade. Many return year after year and bring their family and friends to have an experience of selfless giving at a time when many of us take for granted all the wonderful things we have in our lives.
We welcome everyone to get involved, from the very young to the very old, no matter who you are or what your circumstances are you are welcome at the Basket Brigade.
Our goal for 2016 is to deliver 1000 or more baskets.
Nutrition Plus’s purpose is to build healthy futures with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. This is achieved by assisting schools to provide, fruit, vegetable and bush-tucker gardens that the children are involved in. Through the development and use of the gardens children are able to develop life skills around growing and cooking food, and where possible the gardens are also linked to curriculum with the produce being utilised in school meal or cooking programs. . With the help of their Elders and community the children also experience a deeper connection to their local bush-tucker food, their language and their culture. Nutrition Plus is also provides a daily fruit and vegetable nutritional supplement (Juice Plus+®) to the children each day at school.
Location: Newcastle, Hunter
At our Raymond Terrace centre our aim is to develop our riders’ physical and social skills through the enjoyment of horses offering the opportunity to ride and enjoy a range of activities connected with horse riding.
Our centre provides programs such as horse riding, carriage driving, dressage and Hippotherapy and we cater for people with a range of disabilities including Intellectual Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Visual and Hearing impairments and Autism.
Horse riding is a unique form of exercise; the complex movement of the horse helping to improve coordination, balance and muscular development. Our programs are a place where participants can enjoy a social interaction leading to the improvement of personal confidence, self esteem, communication skills, leadership skills and trust.
Location: Hunter, Newcastle Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie
Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW provides a range of services to support families throughout the Northern NSW region with sick or injured children. Our Ronald McDonald Houses in Newcastle and Tamworth provide accommodation, whilst our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Gosford and Newcastle are able to assist with the care and comfort of families whilst their child is receiving treatment in hospital. We also provide a Retreat at Forster for eligible families to utilise and a Learning Program to assist in education support of children who have missed school due to serious illness. Whilst affiliated with Ronald McDonald House Charities, we run as a local charity and rely on community support, which stays within our region to assist local families.
Soul Cafe provides approximately 600 free meals per week to highly disadvantaged members of our community many of whom are homeless, have a mental illness, substance abuse issue or live in poverty.
A number of services are made available within the cafe throughout meals times including Legal Aid, Centrelink, Mental Health Clinic, Smart Recovery Program, Soul Clinic Doctors Surgery, haircuts, yoga, podiatrist, Jenny’s Place (women’s refuge), Compass Housing and Gamblers Anonymous.
Our meals are simply the medium to be able to work with people in a greater way.
Location: Newcastle, Hunter, Upper Hunter, Lower Hunter
he Mai-Wel Group creates and delivers vibrant, innovative services and successful businesses which provide opportunities for people with a disability to achieve their dreams and goals for life.
The Mai-Wel Group began in 1960 when a group of families met and shared their vision of an education and opportunities for life for their children with a disability. Throughout the years the tireless efforts of community groups, families and individuals have seen these humble beginnings develop into the independent organisation that exists today.
Location: Charlestown, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Hunter
The Place: Charlestown Community Centre is a professionally-managed, not-for-profit community facility with a particular focus on youth engagement.
The Place supports community members of all ages to connect, learn, share and grow.
The Place works collaboratively with the community to develop and deliver programs that respond to emerging needs.
Fundraising and sponsorship is required to enable the effective development and delivery of community-led programs at The Place.
As a financially sustainable social enterprise, all income generated (from venue hire) contributes directly to centre’s operations. The Place has a professional, diligent board, clearly documented policies, a strong and tested financial system and a dedicated staff team.
Location: Newcastle, Lower Hunter, HQ Australia
The Wolf Pack Foundation has been started by a small group of Australians and New Zealanders with Wolfram Syndrome, their families and supporters. The aims of the foundation are to raise funds to provide support for people with Wolfram and to make a contribution to efforts to develop drug therapies and eventually a cure for this disorder. Along the way we hope to raise awareness in the broader community about Wolfram and its impacts.
Location: Newcastle, Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens
Variety – the Children’s Charity empowers Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, to live, laugh and learn. Variety “fills the gaps” that other organisations cannot, providing practical and tangible assistance to individuals, families, schools and other children’s organisations who often have nowhere else to turn. By supporting children and families through equipment, programs & experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome the obstacles they face to continue to live a happy and fulfilled life.
Variety offers assistance through its three core programs:
Variety has been operating in Newcastle and the Hunter for over 25 years and during this time has contributed more than $10 million in equipment, grants and support to local children and schools supporting children with special needs.
Location: Hunter, Upper Hunter, Scone, Port Stephens
Youth Express Association is a local charity that supports young people and their families to negotiate the transition from education into employment. It was developed as a result of a Maitland Business Chamber initiative that saw the need for a more interactive, shared approach between education and industry in the work-readiness skill development of young people.
Through the development of strong relationships between educators, employers, young people and their families, Youth Express supports young people to develop strong personal skills and raises aspiration and participation through interactive exposure to local business and industry.
To arm young people with the tools to confidently engage with Education, Community and Work
– To Engage parents/family, business education and community to support the skill development of young people
– To Provide links and programs to help young people build confidence through self-development programs
– To Encourage business to re-engage with and recognise the potential of young people
– To Maintain a social media profile that includes information advice and links
– Provide skill development based programs that link to educational choices and information provision
– Provide career development support activities
Youth Express is keen to partner with community, business and education providers to create better outcomes for young people. Contact us for more information.
Location: Hunter, Hunter Valley