Who are our Clients?

Each service within CareWays has a specific target group and eligibility criteria that determines who we can assist.

CareWays services and 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



Youth Programs

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).

The Lair

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 – 9:30am

Twice a week on Monday and Thursday morning 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

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.

Tax Help

Tax Help is a service made available by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to assist people on low incomes, to complete their tax returns.

The service is offered during the months of July through to October.

A Volunteer, specially trained by the ATO will help you complete your tax return at no cost to you.

To request further information or to make an appointment please ring our office.

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.

Food Service

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

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

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 Care

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.

Social Support

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

Assisted Transport

Funded by the Department of Education and Training, to provide transport to and from school for children with disabilities.

Horsley Community Centre

Location: 82 Bong Bong Road, Horsley NSW 2530

CareWays is now managing the Horsley Community Centre. The centre not only has rooms for hire to the public, but there are also established programs running from the centre.

Rooms for Hire

The Hall, large Meeting Room and Office are available for hire on either a casual or regular basis. The rooms can be hired for various activities such as:

  • Functions
  • Meetings
  • Conferences
  • Heath/Fitness Groups
  • Birthday Parties
  • Exhibitions
  • Dance/music recitals
  • Christmas Functions
  • Community programs
  • Art/craft groups
  • Training
  • Cultural Celebrations

Booking forms, room details and hire rates

Horsley Room details and Facilities

Customer TestimonialsMichelle Turner – 23 July 2015

Looking for a fantastic venue to hold your next event? Give Carly Pascoe and the team at Care Ways a call, fabulous customer service ,awesome facilities at very reasonable rates. We recently held an 18th birthday party at the West Dapto venue and what a great night it was, fantastic kitchen , tables and chairs to seat a large function comfortably and ease of mind knowing we were safe behind the secure fencing. Give Carly a call or pop into the Care Ways office located in the ribbon wood Centre and speak to this professional team.

See more testimonials on our Facebook Page.

Social Enterprise

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: ‘Break the ICE’ – Indigenous Cultural Exchange and several ‘Seniors Support Network’ initiatives