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Community Philosophy

CareWest is passionate about Regional Australia. Like the communities we work with, we are proud to call regional NSW home. From our small beginning over 30 years ago, we have worked hard to continue to provide valuable assistance to every community and service provider we work with.

Our proudest achievement is our ability to retain the importance of “local” in all of our communities as we grow. Supporting local businesses and community services across out footprint is the highest of CareWest’s priorities to help regional and remote communities thrive in their own unique ways.
As a homegrown, experienced, regional Not for Profit, CareWest has the connections, passion and obligation to support local communities to remain viable for future generations. Through our community engagement process we empower local organisations, families and individuals to develop local strengths, increase funding opportunities, support local providers, as well as investing in local jobs, products and services. In recent times, we have seen an avalanche of metropolitan based, for profit companies entering our local communities to deliver community services remotely. It is more important now than ever before to bolster our rural, regional and remote communities to remain local and in control of how their services are delivered. Empowering local communities, building on their unique strengths and walking beside them is fundamental to CareWest’s philosophy as an organisation. As the nation’s population ages and the Government revenue base continues to shrink, we believe the voice of rural, regional and remote Australia must to be louder than ever before to ensure the viability of our communities. Rural, regional and remote Australia is fundamental to our nation’s cultural identity and CareWest is working hard to protect and support the iconic localness of country Australia.
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Regional Services

Through our successful relationships with service providers across rural, regional and remote NSW, and experience in securing funding, we have developed a vast suite of programs and services, as well as delivering existing ones, to suit the needs of each community.

From frail age support services to increase independent living, to assistance for people living with a disability and much needed carer respite, CareWest works to provide what each unique community needs. Just like us, our services are delivered to rural, regional and remote communities and include:

  • Aged Services

  • Home and Community Services

  • Carer and Respite Services

  • Child and Family Services

  • Disability Services

  • Information and Links

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4C

Community Hub Orange – 4C

CareWest’s Community Connection Centre, or 4C, is an exciting project that has been many years in the making. After a four year closure, CareWest will bring new life to two buildings of the former Orange Base Hospital, Apex House and Anson Cottage.

We are in the process of turning this much loved community asset to its former pride and provide the community with an inclusive space full of activities and services.
Closely located to the Orange CBD, 4C will provide 25002 metres of indoor space including a preschool, respite for adults and children with a disability, Café connect, an accessible gym, climbing walls, a performing arts space and many more exciting indoor spaces. Outdoors, CareWest will create a hive of activity for social inclusion and participation including outdoor accessible gym equipment, children’s play areas, sensory and community gardens and great new spaces for outdoor art activities. 4C will offer low cost activities to improve health, wellbeing, personal care and independent living skills. 4C will offer work experience opportunities, access to allied health professionals and build skills for real economic independence. Our vision is based on a strengths based approach and the premise that everyone has something to offer and dreams to find. 4C will offer choice, support and opportunity for people to live their best life and community to thrive.
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Community Hub Condobolin

Men’s Sheds are an integral part of many Australian communities and the Condobolin Community Men’s Shed at the rear of our CareWest offices in Condobolin is equally important to the local Condobolin community.

Having been closed for a long period of time, CareWest has cleaned up and reopened the former CDEP workshop and returned it to its former days of activity, skill development and community spirit.
Throughout 2014, the men of Condobolin have recruited volunteers and donations from generous local businesses and organisations to get The Condo Men’s Shed started.
We now have a range of products that have created a busy workshop including a range of wood working equipment; router; computers and internet access; an awesome wood fire and all the necessary tools for the men of Condobolin to get creative.
The men are working on several projects to raise money for their shed and regularly donate their creations to local community causes. The Condo Men’s Shed operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Donations of all things timber, tools and beauties ready for repurposing are welcome.
Call in for a cuppa, get help with any little household woodwork projects, (you don’t have to be a male to ask for a hand from the men’s shed team), meet new mates and connect to your local 2877 neighbourhood.
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Marang Gunya

Community Hub Orange – Marang Gunya

Marang Gunya means the Good House in the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal language. Welcome to everyone, the centre is a meeting place for neighbourhood events, support, outreach and local action. Open since 2004, run by local volunteers the focus is community spirit, family strength and capacity building. Marang Gunya community centre sits at 8 Oxley Place, Glenroi.

Marang Gunya started life as a public housing property in the late 1970’s. In 2004, as other town houses were demolished and streets reconfigured, the Cootes Access Centre was opened. This name came from the family orchard that sat there prior to the housing development. Locals asked for “a safe place to grow old and raise their children”. The centre has always been run by local community volunteers to give the Glenroi community a positive place to grow, reduce public housing estate stigma and support vulnerable families to overcome challenges. As a community hub we support Playgroup, After School Activities, Outreach from service providers and various classes/community groups such as cooking, sewing, IT and family focussed topics. The local HIPPY – Home Interaction for Parents and Youngsters family for 4 and 5 year olds also operate from the centre. The centre is open on weekdays, most activities are free or low cost and everyone is welcome.
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Community Hub Wagga Wagga

The Wagga Wagga Community Resource Centre (WWCRC) is a vibrant community hub that provides HACC programs to enhance the lives of older locals by helping them to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, as well as supporting families with a child in the early stage of diagnosis.

Located in the heart of Wagga Wagga near the picturesque Civic Centre in the park, the WWCRC has operated for years to support the local Wagga Wagga community. Recently merged with CareWest, the WWCRC now provides an even greater array of services to the area and surrounds.
The WWCRC provides HACC programs, the Wagga Wagga Social Support Service, a Home Modification and Maintenance Service and Early Links. All these programs help enhance the lives of those locals wishing to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, and families who need assistance at the time of early diagnosis for their child. The WWCRC has a bus to transport locals to and from Social Support outings and can accommodate nine people including wheelchair accessibility. The WWCRC also links people who are interested in volunteering to non-for-profit organisations.
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CCSP/CHSP Development Officer

Does your organisation provide Commonwealth Home Support Programs (CHSP) or Community Care Support Programs (CCSP) (formerly known as HACC services), in the Orana Far West? Based in Nyngan, we have a dedicated staff member who provides support to all Orana Far West service providers.

Covering 13 Local Government Areas, this service assists regional and remote service providers to keep up to date with the latest sector developments, legislative and regulatory changes and available training opportunities etc.
The Commonwealth Home Support Program is the Federal community care program for people over 65 (50 for Indigenous Australians), formerly known as the Home and Community Care (HACC) program. These providers deliver basic, long-term services for frail older people [CHSP], younger people with disabilities [CCSP] and the carers of both of these groups, so they can live safely and appropriately in the community and in their own homes, rather than institutions, like nursing homes or hostels.
Please email cheryl.burns@cw.org.auif you wish to receive our weekly email to distribute relevant sector information and opportunities. Cheryl visits each Orana Far West service provider a couple of times a year, so call us on 02 63912400 to arrange a site visit if there is anything we can help you with to support your service and the work you do in your community.
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Events

As an active member of each community across its geographic footprint, CareWest participates in many expos and events. Keep an eye on our events section as we track what's happening in the community services sector and bring you information on events we are involved with throughout the year. If you have a comment about, or would like any further information on, any of our events we would really like to hear from you. Contact CareWest's marketing department on 02 6391 2400 or email marketing@cw.org.au.

Events:
Central West Ageing Well Expo 23 September 2015 - Orange Function Centre
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Rhys Lord

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