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We provide information to individuals and groups to assist them to access events, activities and a range of local and other services.

Info on Dept of Housing Rentstart and Public Housing Applications to go here.. ?

Link to Bellingen Shire Community Directory here..

 


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Community Development is about helping communities to do things for themselves. It is a process based on social justice principles such as equality, access, fairness, human rights, empowerment and local participation and control.

We do Community Development through:

  • Community consultation (eg. meetings and surveys),
  • Assisting and supporting the growth and development of community groups,
  • Supporting social action groups and campaigns (eg. offer resources, media profile, petitions, letter writing),
  • Needs assessment (eg. collect statistics, community feedback).

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Is the provision of assistance to people in a crisis or emergency? Many people do not have enough money or resources to meet their most basic needs (e.g., there could be too many bills due at once).

How can this service help?

We can offer assistance in two ways:

  1. Give financial aid to meet an immediate need (e.g. Food vouchers, Fuel vouchers, Electricity vouchers, Telstra vouchers ,crisis accommodation)
  2. Offer a service which informs people of the other options available for their needs (i.e. information, referral, and advocacy).

Am I eligible for this service?

You are eligible for this service if:

  • You are in a crisis (financial, domestic, social)
  • You live in the Bellingen town or catchment area (i.e. Thora, Kalang, Gleniffer, Brierfield, etc.).

How do I use this service?

This service operates from the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre on: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10.30am-2.00pm. For bookings phone 66551239 .You MUST have an appointment or you will not be seen.

What happens at the appointment?

When you arrive at your appointment, you will be greeted by the front desk volunteer and asked if you brought appropriate ID. We accept:

  • Driver’s Licence OR
  • Health Care / Pension Card

ID must show name & address.

Then the Emergency Relief volunteer on duty will show you into the interview room and ask you a few questions to see if we can assist you. You will then receive relevant support.

Values

The Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre Emergency Relief service works within human rights and social justice principles. This means that you can expect our volunteers to treat you with respect, dignity and without judgment. This service is about offering freedom of choice and empowering people who are in difficult or vulnerable positions.

Funding

The Emergency Relief service is funded by the Commonwealth Department for Families, and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Areas we cover

We are only funded to cover the Bellingen town and areas close by. This includes Bellingen, Brierfield, Darkwood, Fernmount, Gleniffer, Gordonville, Kalang, Sunny Corner, and Thora. There are Emergency Relief services available in Urunga and Dorrigo at the St Vincent de Paul Centres there. If you live in those areas, it is better if you see them for assistance, as they are funded to cover those areas.

EAPA (Electricity Bill Assistance)

The Department of Community Services provides the Neighbourhood Centre with EAPA vouchers to assist people who are in a crisis and cannot make full payments on their electricity account. Appointments for this service are necessary and proof of Identification and the original bill must be brought to the interview.

TELSTRA Vouchers

Telstra provides the Neighbourhood Centre with vouchers to assist people who are in crisis and cannot make full payments on their Telstra home telephone account. The Telstra vouchers cannot be used for bills from other telephone companies nor can they be used to cover mobile phone bills, internet costs, connection/disconnection charges, or business phone lines. Appointments for this service are necessary and proof of Identification and the original bill must be brought to the interview.

 


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Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre’s No Interest Loan Scheme (Bellingen NILS)

Eligible

  • Low-income earners
  • Lived in the 2453, 2454 or 2455 postcode area for at least six months
  • Capacity to repay the loan within 12 months

Available

Loans of up to $1200.00

Reason for Loan

  • Purchase of essential household items
  • Medical needs
  • Car repairs
  • Car registration costs
  • May assist other essential needs like health aids or education costs

NILS is not for emergency relief

The National Australia Bank provides the capital through a partnership with Good Shepherd Microfinance and Department of Family and Housing Community Services Indigenous Affairs

All information is completely confidential

Application kits can be picked up at any time during office hours.

The Nils officer available for interviews and enquiries:

Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre 6655 1239
  • Tue 1.30 – 4.00
  • Wed 10.30 – 4.00
  • Thurs 9.30 – 1.00
Urunga Neighbourhood Centre 6655 6993
  • Tuesdays 9.30-12.00
Dorrigo Hickory House 6657 1527
  • Wednesdays 9.00-12.00

 


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Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre can assist low income earners to apply for Rentstart, a program of the Department of Housing which helps people with up to 3 weeks bond. There is no longer a need for you to travel to Coffs Harbour to lodge your application. Just come into the Neighbourhood Centre for the forms, fill them out and we will fax it off to the department, free of charge. They will then contact you by phone for further information or to tell you if you were successful or not.


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Computer Access

This service is available during our normal opening times. You have access to the Internet and also Microsoft Office is installed for your use. This services is free for BNC members.

Printing Services

The Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre offers a variety of print services. All prices are inclusive of GST. Bulk discounts available, contact us for a quote.

Fax

A fax machine is available to the public during office hours.

 LOCAL STD
INTERNATIONAL
 Incoming:
$0.55 per page $0.55 per page $0.55 per page
 Outgoing: $2.20 first page
$1.10 other pages
$2.75 first page
$1.10 other pages
$5.50 first page
$1.10 other pages

Laminating

We can laminate documents from credit card size up to A3.

SIZE PRICE
credit card
$1.10
A4
$1.65
A3
$2.75

Photocopying

We have a new Toshiba machine capable of copying A3 & A4 pages, automatic double siding and collates.

SIZE PRICE
A4
Single-sided- 20c*
Double-sided 25c*
A3
Single-sided 35c
Double-sided 45c

*5c discount per sheet, for supplying your own paper

Binding

Price includes front and back covers, comb and the binding (not the photocopying).

 Number of Pages
Cost (includes GST)
 Less than 65 pages $2.50
 65-95 pages $2.70
 95-125 pages $2.90

 


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Tax Help is a free service available from July to October, sponsored by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Tax Help is only for low income earners, that is:

  • on an annual income less than $40 000
  • on an annual income of $40 000 plus $2500 for each dependant child under 16 years of age or student under 25 years.
  • Community volunteers are trained by the ATO to help people understand their taxation responsibilities, including preparing their tax returns at tax time. Tax returns need to be lodged between 1 July and 31 October each year.
  • Sincere thanks go to Penny and Mary for volunteering her time and expertise. Phone the Neighbourhood Centre to make an appointment. Ph 66551239

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Psychologist/counselor available for appointments

No limitations on numbers of visits

No Cost

Private and confidential

Appointments are available on Monday 1pm to 3pm and Wednesdays between 10 am and 3 pm.

For free consultations with a qualified Psychologist/counselor, call the Neighbourhood Centre 66551239 to make an appointment.


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The Women’s Resource and Information Centre offers an outreach service to Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre once a month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The service provides domestic violence counselling, information, advocacy. Group work and referral for all women in the community

All services are confidential.

For an appointment, contact the Neighbourhood Centre on 66551239 or the Service direct at 66529944.


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A Work Development Order (WDO) scheme is available to assist people in financial hardship to pay off their fines.

WDO is a partnership between the State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO), Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, and Legal Aid NSW

Eligibility Criteria

  • Centrelink benefit
  • Mental illness
  • Drug addiction
  • Homeless
  • Experiencing economic hardship

Your Commitment

Volunteer with a registered organisation and meet their guidelines.

Contact the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre on 66551239 for an interview. 

  • Thursdays
  • Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre
  • Hyde Street, BELLINGEN

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