THANK YOU KNIT-WITS

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BANC would like to send a huge thank you to the fabulous local knitting group, The Knit-Wits! Their beautiful hand knitted items have raised $500 for the neighbourhood centre, and we are so grateful for all their hard work. Thank you, dear Knit-Wits!

Blackheath Carers Peer Support Group

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Due to Covid-19, we are looking to move our carers support group to online Zoom meetings depending on numbers and participants ability to connect online. We will provide support to access Zoom, if required. To register your interest, please call Jade: 4787 7770 or email:

Job Opportunity at BANC

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Are you an experienced NDIS Manager?Join BANC as our BANC Access Manager.24 hours per weekSCHADS Level 6 with salary packaging option.You have a solid understanding of NDIS Compliance, pricing and funds management. You are an experienced leader, able to manage staff and projects to budget. You have a current Criminal Record Check.To join the BANC team, you must address the …

TAFE Course

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Are you interested in working with students with additional needs? Consider the Teacher Assistant Pathway Program at Blue Mountains TAFE! Certificate II in Skills for Work & Vocational Pathways10am-2.00pm, Mondays and Wednesdays in Term 3 & 4, 2020Classes start early August!Come to our course information session onWednesday July 29 at 11am in room BG15 @ Wentworth Falls campus This course …

Heads Up For Fire (HUFF)

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What is HUFF?The Heads Up For Fire (HUFF) and other emergencies project aims to ensure the wellbeing of people within the communities of Blackheath and Mt Victoria in the event of bushfires and other emergencies. What is a HUFF Facilitator?HUFF Facilitators are people who volunteer their time to get to know their neighbours and share information with them about preparing …

No Interest Loan Scheme

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Do you need a small loan? On a low income? Get a No Interest Loan from Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre. All you need is: *Identification *Detailed Income Statement from Centrelink, and/or 3 recent payslips. *Last 3 months of bank transactions (no older than 2 weeks old). *Rental ledger, lease, or rates notice *Recent utility bills *A written quote for the …

Blackheath Cares

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Blackheath Cares links local volunteers with older residents to provide support during Covid-19. Strict social distancing and hygiene protocols (including face masks) in place. Blackheath Cares volunteers can assist with:Social phone calls and visits.Pick up & deliver groceries/medicines.General assistance around the home or garden.Feeding a pet during a short term hospital stay.Transport to library, appointments & shopping. If you or …

Do You Love to Sing?

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The Heathens Choir aims to bring the joy of making music to ordinary people with busy lives. You will enjoy a wide ranging repertoire from folk and popular music, and the choir’s immense pleasure in sharing their music. No auditions. 4-part harmonies. Printed music provided as well as resources for learning by ear. Our home-baked afternoon teas are legendary. A …

Job Opportunity at BANC

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Do you thrive in a vibrant team environment? Are you ready to lead? Join BANC as our Neighbourhood Centre Coordinator.24 hours a week. SCHADS level 5 with salary packaging option. You are a skilled social services worker, able to engage staff, volunteers and community groups in delivering high quality programs that make a measurable and positive difference. You have a …

BANC Phone Number Information

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Dear Community, Our pre-Covid-19 phone number is now back in operation. Please call 4787 7770 for local information, referrals, Community Development projects, No Interest Loans, community support, and emergency relief vouchers. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am- 12.30pm For BANC Access NDIS Supports and Plan Management, please call: 4787 5684. For BOOSH out of school hours child care, please …

Are you hoping to encourage your kids to spend some time away from their devices these holidays? Our BANC BOOSH Winter holiday fun program is here! Monday 6/7 Clay Workshop. Create fantastic works with clay at BOOSH. Cost: FREE. Tuesday 7/7 BOOSH Treasure Hunt. Hunt for treasure at BOOSH with your friends! Cool prizes! Cost: FREE. Wednesday 8/7 BOOSH Fish & Chip Cafe. Take orders, cook, and serve food like a real cafe! Cost: FREE. Thursday 9/7 Wheels & Bike Day. Bring your wheels and helmet for a fun day riding with your friends! Cost: FREE. Friday 10/7 Sausage Sizzle at the Duck Pond. Walk to the park and enjoy a delicious sausage sizzle lunch. See the cute ducks! Cost: FREE. Monday 13/7 Pyjama Party Day. Bring your warmest pyjamas and your favourite blanket or sleeping bag for a cosy day at BOOSH. Cost: $51.50 Tuesday 14/7 Slime Sensations. Experiment with different recipes for slime. Cost: $51.50 Wednesday 15/7 Glass Blowing Demonstration. Watch local glass-blower, Keith Rowe, create amazing glass-works in his Blackheath workshop! Cost: $51.50 Thursday 16/7 Viva Italia. Dress in the colours of the Italian flag and make pizzas and garlic bread to enjoy for lunch! Cost: $51.50 Friday 17/7 BPS Climbing Wall. Test your climbing skills or do gymnastics on the gym mat! Cost: $51.50 Monday 20/7 Movie Day. Chill out on the beanbags and enjoy popcorn and a movie at BOOSH. Cost: $51.50. Operating Hours: 7am- 6pm weekdays. Child Care Subsidy reduces the cost automatically for eligible families. Please arrive at BOOSH by 9am on Friday 10/7 & Wednesday 15/7 To enrol at BOOSH, please go to: https://banc.hubworks.com.au PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO SECURE YOUR PLACE! ENQUIRIES: 0438 099 006 or boosh@banc.org.au What to bring A large healthy morning tea A large healthy lunch (kids get extra hungry in vacation care) A drink Appropriate footwear for playing A warm winter hat & coat BOOSH is a nut free zone Afternoon tea provided

BOOSH Winter Vacation Care

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Are you hoping to encourage your kids to spend some time away from their devices these holidays? Our BANC BOOSH Winter holiday fun program is here! Monday 6/7 Clay Workshop. Create fantastic works with clay at BOOSH. Cost: FREE. Tuesday 7/7 BOOSH Treasure Hunt. Hunt for treasure at BOOSH with your friends! Cool prizes! Cost: FREE. Wednesday 8/7 BOOSH Fish …

BOOSH IS BACK!

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Call 0438 099 006 to book. BOOSH is open to support essential workers and vulnerable and disadvantaged children, in line with government advice regarding the re-opening of public schools in NSW. BOOSH will provide Before and After School Care to Child Care Subsidy eligible children.Families will not be charged a fee for care provided. Strict hygiene and social distancing practices …

List of Useful Help-Lines & Websites

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National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080 Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus. Available 24/7 Reach Out: reachout.com Online mental health organisation for young people and their parents Western Sydney Family Referral Service (FRS): 1300 403 373 FRS supports families with vulnerable children and young people, linking them to appropriate community services. Link2Home homelessness line: 1800 152 152 …

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Dearest Community, We are undoubtedly facing a very challenging time right now, but this can also be a chance for communities to find new strengths and creative ways to support and connect with each other. The Blackheath area is known for its resilience and the way the community comes together during difficult times. Here at BANC we are committed to …

Blue Shorts 2020 Update

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Blue Shorts is a community film festival that celebrates Blue Mountains stories. Storytellers and filmmakers of all levels are encouraged to submit short films – from young and emerging filmmakers, to the many professionals we have in the area. Entry Conditions Entrants accepted from residents from Lithgow to Lapstone. We are looking for short films 7 minutes and under in …

BLACKHEATH BUSINESSES COVID -19 RESPONSE SERVICES.

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THIS LIST IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF EVERY BUSINESS IN BLACKHEATH, JUST THE MORE ESSENTIAL ONES (The Big Fix will be distributing a more comprehensive list shortly). INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON THE CURRENT VIRUS GUIDELINES.PLEASE CALL BUSINESSES AHEAD OF TIME TO CHECK ON INFORMATION FIRST.LIST ACCURATE MARCH 25 2020. Family Friendly GrocerGroceries4787 8477Cash only for deliveryDelivery …

Next of Kin Program

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The Next of Kin Program helps people living alone tohave the contact details of their nominated personrecorded at a local police station.The contact details of the Next of Kin, as well as thenominated doctor, dentist and any medical alerts thatwould help in an emergency situation will be enteredonto a register. Any information provided will besecurely stored and only accessed by …

***POSTPONED**** Beethoven & Beyond- Three Piece Suite concert in Blackheath Sunday 22 March 2020

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This year Three Piece Suite honours the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. In their Autumn concert Beethoven & Beyond, the established string trio of Rachel Westwood (violin) Valmai Coggins (viola) and Deborah Coogan (cello) combine his string trios and duets, adding to the mix other composers with connections to Beethoven. “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life” he …

Information from ASU

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Rally to Save Equal Pay JOIN IN ON: Wednesday18th March at 12:30pm AT: The JoanTheatre,597 High St Penrith In 2012 Australian Services Union members won 23% to 45% pay rises. The Fair Work Commission ordered that Equal Pay increases on the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award (SCHADS Award) wages be phased in over eight years – with …