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Location: Newcastle, Central Coast & Hunter Regions
Allambi Care is a leading provider of Disability Services, Intensive Therapeutic Care, Foster Care, and Family and Clinical Support.
Allambi Care has a simple philosophy; that all who work with us, be they clients, staff or carers, are a part of the Allambi Family. Our programs are aimed at supporting the vulnerable in the community by providing them with access to the services and care required to reach their potential. Allambi believe that in each person there is tremendous potential and that with the right support, our people can achieve anything.
Allambi currently employ over 500 staff, carers and volunteers across a variety of support settings. Allambi deliver support through the following programs:
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/GZzPgh3T1-E
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/GZzPgh3T1-E
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/LEt72VQ8v_U
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.
Watch our Celebrating Services Video: https://youtu.be/JTXqUoJyakI
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/Yjy_5IUuLfU
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.
To learn more about this amazing facility watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/Awg7HQf3lQs
Location: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter Region
EquiEnergy Youth is a not for profit and registered charity specialising in delivering mental health training, education and awareness programs to government and community managed organisations. We raise money to improve social outcomes for young people and the community.
We are a NSW based organisation, and are all about reconnecting young people to the communities in which they live, locally and across Australia. Our approach is evidence-based and pioneering in this field. We seek to take a leading role for the community, government and other organisations as the social environment changes for young people and we face new challenges together.
Dr. Stephen Spencer (PhD), our Clinical Director, has worked extensively in the areas of acute adult, child and adolescent mental health. Stephen is passionate about the health and well-being of young people. He has made this his life’s work and is recognised as a leader in this field by his peers. His clinical experience includes Paediatric Consultation Liaison Services and Clinical Nurse Education. Stephen has been a Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) trainer since 2006. He is also trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychosis in Young People. Stephen is a current member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/ByKtLl4f6EA
Location: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Great Lakes, Greater Taree, Gloucester
Flourish Australia has been here since 1955. We’ve helped thousands of people on their mental health recovery journey. We help people find homes, get jobs and live satisfying, contributing lives. We hold a place of hope for you, because we know that sometimes when you are unwell, you can lose hope. We encourage you to take control of your life, set your goals and go after them. We may not be able to help everyone. If we cannot help you, we guarantee to refer you to an appropriate service that may be able to help. We encourage people to seek and receive clinical mental health support.
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/QqGTRv4cTjA
Location: Newcastle, Central Coast, Hunter Regions
Life after brain injury presents lots of challenges – the nature and combination of after-effects of this complex injury can pose barriers for people to get back to their old life or build a new one that is personally satisfying. Headstart is committed to providing individually tailored and long term supports for people to become more independent, create life choices and regain a sense of belonging.
Headstart started in the Hunter in 1987 and developed out of a lack of services available for people living with brain injury and their families.
Our approach is to provide individualised and group supports that create opportunities for people to achieve in life, and reconnect with the things that matter to them or find new passions.
Headstart provides flexible individualised services such as
• in home support
• life skills practice
• community involvement activities either one to one or with a small circle of friends
• social, leisure and recreational connections
• planning and support co-ordination, and case management
• community awareness and education
We provide the type of everyday supports so you can live your best life – in other words make choices about how you wish to live, how you spend your time, and how you want your future to look.
Our approach is do whatever it takes to assist a person beyond the devastation of brain injury so they find their place in the world where they are valued and understood as they are.
Our motto is “Life after brain injury… make it happen” and our expertise in brain injury is our difference.
Our vision is for people living with Brain injury to have opportunities that enrich and strengthen their lives .
Our purpose is to make a difference in the lives of people touched by brain injury by providing opportunities and inspiring hope.
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/DaCdF4WByKo
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/eRLXCvY6Dso
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/gLVTBvdQU4k
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
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/LJFQGsJqpx0
Maroba is an award winning aged care provider located in Waratah. Spreading our love for over 60 years, we offer residential care, retirement living and community services. We are dedicated to enhancing lifestyles while creating meaningful experiences every day to our resident, clients and their families.
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.
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/EBHyWscxFf8
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/HsgqECUxCC0
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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/XTA0MPEFgho
Location: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Western NSW
Samaritans offers services in the Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter, Mid-North Coast and Central Western regions of NSW.
Over 100 services support children, youth, people living with a disability or with mental health concerns, parents, families and those who are homeless throughout these communities. Samaritans encourages people to have a voice and be offered choice as we recognise all people are valued members of their community.
Samaritans also engages in advocacy to promote justice, reconciliation, peace and dignity for all in our community no matter what their circumstance.
Established in 2003 to serve the needs of the poor, needy and vulnerable in Newcastle, Soul Cafe provided approximately 800 free meals per week in 2019 to highly disadvantaged members of our community many of whom are homeless, have a mental illness, substance abuse issue or live in poverty.
But Soul Café is ‘more than a meal’.
Our meals provide the medium to be able to work with people in a greater way through the provision of services like Legal Aid, Centrelink, Mental Health Clinics, Smart Recovery Programs, Soul Clinic Doctors Surgery, haircuts, podiatry, DCJ Housing, Gamblers Anonymous and much more.
Location: Maitland, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Hunter, Upper Hunter
Mai-Wel 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.
Mai-Wel 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.
Click the following link to watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/3s5qZG366sE
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.
Watch our Celebrating Services video: https://youtu.be/QXIA8EX5fdM
Location: Upper Hunter
The Upper Hunter Where There’s a Will Vision and Mission Statements:
A mentally fit Upper Hunter community with a core value of wellbeing.
To effect cultural change in the Upper Hunter through improved literacy of wellbeing and mental health in our schools, families and community.
We will achieve this as we continue to focus on prevention through education. Successful examples of this include ‘Slip Slop Slap’, this Australian campaign taught us all how we can prevent skin cancer, 120 documented learner driver hours is education to equip our young drivers and strive for road safety. WTAW is following this lead by adopting an education approach for wellbeing and mental health.
Location: Newcastle, Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens
At Variety – the Children’s Charity we’re passionate about giving kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs a fair go. We don’t think any child should fall through the gaps. Not the three kids in every classroom who are living in poverty. And not the 10,000 kids with a disability who are missing out on NDIS support. We provide practical support when they need it most, and a helping hand to reach their full potential. We support kids and families in four key ways – Grants, programs, scholarships and kids experiences.
In 2019 fiscal year Variety NSW/ACT:
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: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley
Location: Newcastle, Lower Hunter, HQ Australia
Location: Hunter, Hunter Valley