How we can assist
Who are our Clients?
Each service within CareWays has a specific target group and eligibility criteria that determines who we can assist.
Our client target groups include:
- frail older people
- younger people with a disability
- carers of the above
- young people in the community
- young people at risk of disengaging from family, community and school
- disadvantaged and socially isolated people
Held at Dapto & West Dapto
Ages 12 to 18 years old
CareWays operates the Dapto Youth Project, West Dapto Youth Project and an Aboriginal Youth Project (DKYC).
Where: Dapto Ribbonwood Centre
When: Tues & Thurs 3pm – 5.45pm
The LAIR is a dedicated Youth Space that offers free Internet Service, activities and access to support needed by all young people.
West Dapto Youth Drop In
Where: Horsley Community Centre
When: Mon & Wed 3pm – 5.15pm
The West Dapto Outreach Youth Service offers free Internet Service, activities and access to support needed by all young people. The Drop in Programs are supervised by two Youth Workers and offer a safe and friendly environment where young people can come after school to hang out with friends and meet new people.
Dapto Koonawarra Youth Connect Program (DKYC)
Working with young people aged 9-15 at risk of disconnecting from their school, family or community. The DKYC service has a focus on intervention and prevention. The program is breaking new ground and offers innovative and individual support to young people.
Dapto Koonawarra Youth Connect is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priority service.
We offer Youth services such as:
- Support and early intervention to disciplinary action within the school environment.
- Suspension program and liaison with schools enabling school suspension to be served in a positive safe space in the Lair within the Ribbonwood Centre.
- Research existing services to find gaps by networking with young people at risk their parents/carers and teachers to develop strategies to meet identified unmet needs.
- Resources for access to counselling for issues of Anger Management, Drug and Alcohol, Domestic Violence and Youth Suicide, Legal Issues, Youth Housing, Health and Sexuality, Mental Health, Welfare etc.
- Enhancement to educational development through tutoring and numeracy and literacy assistance.
- The Rock and Water Program focuses on practical anti-bullying strategies, alternatives to aggressive verbal and physical responses, self respect, self control and self confidence.
- School holiday activities, Excursions and Youth Events.
- Skill based learning and cultural activities, art, music and dance. Access to computers, internet and information technology.
- Living skills programs develop self esteem through cooking, financial management, information on access to employment and training on health issues.
- Closing the gap with youth activities combining indigenous and mainstream programs to provide a more holistic approach to our Youth Service.
- Access to mentoring programs with University and High School students including elders from similar cultural backgrounds.
- Access to an anger management course for young people to skill them to cope with all situations in their lives, partnered with Southern Youth and Family Services.
What is the Community Support Service?
The Community Support service provides a resource that connects people to information and services that promote community capacity building, increased resilience and improved safety in the community.
What services are provided?
Support, Assistance, Information, Advocacy and Referral
The Community Support service can provide assistance with: Information about services in the community, Referral to services in the community, Assistance with documentation, Letter writing, Resume development, Photocopying and faxing and Job applications.
Community Breakfast Program
When: Mon & Thurs 8am – 10am
Twice a week on Monday and Thursday morning, through financial assistance received from the Community Development Support Scheme funding from Dapto Leagues Club, is a FREE Community Breakfast Program. This program enables the families and community members to enjoy FREE warm breakfast before taking on the tasks of everyday living.
Youth attending the breakfast need to be accompanied by an adult and will receive a snack pack to take to school.
The Community Breakfast provides a great opportunity for socialising and peer support as well as an avenue for obtaining information on areas of interest.
The Community Breakfast is supported by one worker and a number of volunteers that ensure the smooth running of the program.
Legal Aid consultations are available free of charge for low income earners and people receiving Centrelink benefits on a variety of civil law matters.
The service is available on a fortnightly basis on a Wednesday. To make an enquiry or to book appointment, please contact the
Wollongong Legal Aid Office on their telephone
number 4228 8299.
No Interest Loan Scheme – NILS
The aim of the community Loan scheme is to provide no interest loans to people on low incomes who are living in the area that is covered with the program and which encompasses the area from North Wollongong to Windang Bridge in the south and Dapto with surrounding areas in the west. You are eligible if you:
- Have been living at the same address for at least 6 months or you are a Housing NSW tenant
- Have a current Centrelink Pension or Health Care Card and
- Can afford regular repayments.
To find out more information you can contact us at our office. If eligible you will be referred to the Southern NILS Program. To make an appointment please contact Southern NILS Program on 4276 2224.
Creative Leisure Activities
CareWays also offer a variety of creative leisure activities including Computer courses, School Holiday Activities, Wood Working, Patchwork and Quilting to name a few. Please click here to find out more.
Community Care Services
The Home and Community Care (HACC) program is a joint Australian, State and Territory Government Initiative, providing care services to support older people, younger people with disabilities, and their carers to be more independent at home and in the community and to reduce the potential for premature admission to long term residential care.
CareWays Community Care Services aims to meet clients’ individual needs, across differences in culture, dietary need, religion, medical condition, language, and physical ability.
CareWays are dedicated to providing services that make a positive difference and improve the quality of our clients’ lives.
What happens when you apply to use the service?
After you have contacted us, our Assessor will assess your needs and suitability for this service. This assessment may be conducted over the telephone and in some cases a home visit will be arranged.
Services are accessible to clients who require low to medium level in-home support.
The amount, frequency and time of service depend on each client’s individual needs and on availability.
Provides a wide range of meals and is available for persons wanting meals delivered to their homes, either through a funded service or for a fee.
Personal Care Assistance service refers to the assistance with daily self-care tasks in order to help a client maintain health, hygiene and grooming. It can include assistance with showering, dressing and medication prompting.
Domestic Assistance services provide help with house work including cleaning, washing, ironing, meal preparation and assistance with shopping, running errands and paying of bills.
Respite gives carers “time out” to have a break while some one else stays with the person needing care. Respite allows carers to have time to themselves, knowing their loved one is in good hands.
Offers companionship and support, visiting clients in their home or assisting them with outings. It can include assistance with letter writing, friendly visiting and social activities.
Contact us on 1300 307 902
Funded by the Department of Education and Training, to provide transport to and from school for children with disabilities.
The CareWays range of Social Enterprise initiatives provide solutions that address genuine community needs using a business model approach that ensures sustainability, encourages community participation and builds community capacity.
Revenue generated through the CareWays Social Enterprises is directed back into the enterprise to maximise its opportunity for success and growth
Current Social Enterprises include: ‘CareWays Community Café’, ‘Break the ICE’ – Indigenous Cultural Exchange and several ‘Seniors Support Network’ initiatives