at 1 Riverview Tce, Geelong, 3216

Karingal is a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services for people with a disability or mental illness, older Australians and those who are disadvantaged. Karingal is a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services for people with a disability or mental illness, older Australians and those who are disadvantaged.

1 Riverview Tce
Geelong , VIC 3216
Contact Phone
P: (03) 5249 8900


Karingal commenced in 1952 with a group of Geelong parents who formed a play group for their children, each with a disability. These parents wished to provide the chance for their children to have lives that would be fulfilling and would realise their abilities. Today, Karingal comprises of a nine member Board, over 1300 staff and over 150 volunteers

Opening time

  • Mondays: 09:00- 17:00
  • Tuesdays: 09:00- 17:00
  • Wednesdays: 09:00- 17:00
  • Thursdays: 09:00- 17:00
  • Fridays: 09:00- 17:00

General Info

Karingal provides: - Accommodation, respite, home-based and day activities for people with a disability and their families across the Barwon South West of Victoria and in the Mornington Peninsula - Aged services and mental health support across the Barwon Region Employment in a supported environment in an Australian Disability Enterprise across a range of Geelong locations - Employment services, including disability employment services, across regional Victoria and in the west and north of Melbourne - Accredited and non-accredited training throughout Victoria, specialising in training for the Community Services sector and foundation skills courses - Community engagement brokerage services in Geelong and Portland

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What a day! Today’s Karingal BacLinks Winter Workplace Big Day Out brought together people with a disability and corporate volunteers for an inclusive day out. Stay tuned for a full gallery of photos!

Published Karingal on 2016-06-16 05:47:48 GMT

Congratulations to former Karingal Chief Executive Officer Daryl Starkey for being inducted onto the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll at today’s Victorian Disability Awards. As Chief Executive Officer of Karingal for 15 years, Daryl left an admirable legacy on the disability sector and has been an unwavering advocate for people with a disability. Daryl is pictured at today's ceremony with Karingal Chief Executive Officer Mike McKinstry, Daryl's wife Bronwen and Karingal director Robyn Bradshaw.

Published Karingal on 2016-06-15 07:15:57 GMT

Smile Karingal Baclinks girls !! BPW Geelong fashion event.

Published BPW Geelong on 2016-06-14 02:00:00 GMT

What a night for valued Karingal Landcare crew member Aron, who got to view the ground of his favourite AFL team from a different angle when he tossed the coin at the Geelong Cats vs GWS Giants game on the weekend! Aron will be watching this week as the Geelong Cats take on North Melbourne Football Club this Saturday at Etihad Stadium. Thanks to Target Australia for helping to make this possible.

Published Karingal on 2016-06-09 07:20:03 GMT

Dressing gowns? Check. Feet up? Check. Supporting a good cause? Check. Presented by Rotary Club of Geelong East and the Karingal Foundation, the Winter Ball is the non-event of the year and you're invited to 'not' attend - just like Karingal staff members Tracy and Lachlan (pictured). Check out this Geelong Indy article for more info: http://geelongindy.com.au/indy/2016-06-08/charity-ball-in-your-jim-jams/

Published Karingal on 2016-06-09 00:40:23 GMT

Did you know that when it comes to elder abuse, there is usually more than one type of abuse occurring in any given situation? While financial abuse is the most frequently identified form of abuse, psychological is the most commonly present - but less recognised. With more than 16 years of experience in elder abuse prevention both nationally and internationally, Karingal Regional Director Kathy Day will offer valuable insights at The Geelong Elder Abuse Forum at Eastern Hub Geelong next Wednesday. Kathy joins Senior Rights Victoria’s Gary Ferguson as a guest speaker at the free forum, organised by Barwon Elder Abuse Awareness Network. http://www.karingal.org.au/events/?event=11123

Published Karingal on 2016-06-08 05:35:40 GMT

Our Choice Expo 2016 MELBOURNE IS ON TODAY 12noon - 7:30pm We would like to invite you to stop by today for a chat about your NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme supports at the VALID Inc Our Choice Expo 2016. Look for the orange icon :)

Published Karingal on 2016-06-07 05:27:10 GMT

Did you know that Facebook has accessibility resources available to make Facebook easier to use? If you know someone who could benefit from this please pass it on :) Topics include: - Keyboard Shortcuts - Screen Readers and Assistive Technology - Closed Captions and Media - Text Size and Contrast - Messenger - News Feed https://www.facebook.com/help/141636465971794/?ref=hc_fnav

Published Karingal on 2016-06-03 06:24:00 GMT

Published Karingal on 2016-06-03 06:06:59 GMT

Broadcaster and comedian George McEncroe frocked up last year for the Karingal Gala Dinner. This year, she'll be staying in but still supporting our Not the Winter Ball. Join George and purchase a ticket donation now https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=192814&embed=192814

Published Karingal on 2016-06-03 03:19:32 GMT

If you're heading to the AFL Geelong Cats vs GWS Giants game tomorrow afternoon, give a cheer for avid Geelong Cats supporter and Karingal Landcare crew member Aron, who will be tossing the coin at the game. Thanks to Target Australia for helping organise this awesome opportunity :)

Published Karingal on 2016-06-02 23:25:00 GMT

Published Karingal on 2016-06-02 05:31:59 GMT

Published Karingal on 2016-06-02 05:23:11 GMT

A national skills shortage in trades including painting, cabinet making, panel beating and bricklaying has seen Karingal BacLinks team up with the Gordon to provide MatchWorks and Gforce Employment Solutions job seekers the opportunity to try the trades out and explore them as possible career paths. Qualified tutors and mentors from local businesses will guide job seekers, providing insights into trade to assist them in making informed career decisions as part of "Trade Tryouts". Karingal BacLinks manager Joanne Forssman highlighted the opportunities available to participants, stating, “The participants might like to pursue these trades further, which could lead to future employment.”

Published Karingal on 2016-06-01 00:00:00 GMT

Shayde and others from Karingal Wyndham enjoy Food and Fun Fridays at Penrose Promenade Community Centre! Last Friday the team experimented with dessert, creating some delicious marshmallow treats.

Published Karingal on 2016-06-22 06:57:00 GMT

Research reveals reasons why young people are afraid to seek help for mental health issues #thebigstigma http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/moreton/research-reveals-reasons-young-people-are-afraid-to-seek-help-for-mental-illness/news-story/0f1625a88847d03c52d4ba085b59f6a7

Published Karingal on 2016-06-20 05:44:47 GMT

Research reveals reasons why young people are afraid to seek help #thebigstigma

Published Karingal Tiarni on 2016-06-20 05:42:00 GMT

The 30th June is International Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) Day. Wear blue to show your support!

Published Karingal on 2016-06-20 00:14:16 GMT

Bunnings Warehouse Werribee Activity Officer, Eve, joined the Karingal Wyndham Men’s group to deliver a terrarium master class. Everyone had a great time learning how to make the amazing terrariums. Thanks Bunnings! Pictured: Callum, James, Eve, Greg and Anthony

Published Karingal on 2016-06-18 00:00:00 GMT

Karingal BacLinks manager Joanne Forssman said it was a memorable day. "The Big Day Out aims to break down barriers and support social inclusion for people with a disability," she said. "There are plenty of laughs, new friendships formed and most importantly, it's a lot of fun." Big thanks to our wonderful sponsors Adroit Insurance, Harwood Andrews Lawyers, GMHBA, St John of God Pathology, Matchworks and WJM Lawyers. Also thanks to Alan Barber at Barefoot Media Photography for the wonderful photos!

Published Karingal on 2016-06-17 01:02:49 GMT

We had a fantastic time at the Karingal Workplace Big Day Out today! Very proud to be sponsors of this fun-filled, inclusive day which builds a genuine community connection for everyone involved.

Published Adroit Insurance Group on 2016-06-16 06:27:16 GMT

One of the best things about being part of the Karingal community is days like the Wyndham Friends and Family Afternoon Tea, where staff, clients, friends and family have the opportunity to get to know each other and show projects they have been working on for the year. Pictured - Greg and Lynette Elmer; Wendy and Nicole Campbell; Shayne and Kerry Turnball with niece Willow; Logan, Joanne and Shayde Dirks.

Published Karingal on 2016-05-31 05:26:40 GMT

Ten-hour days in up to 40-degree heat and 90 per cent humidity was arduous for Chris Chapman but seeing the benefits made all the hard work worth it. Chris - Manager of the Karingal Facilities department - joined Rotary Club of Geelong on a two-week project in Papua New Guinea (PNG) this month, helping with an extension of a library block at a school in a remote community. Chris was one of five Australians who teamed up with five locals, with the committed group enduring challenging conditions. “I don’t think I have ever worked so hard however the results were so rewarding,” Chris said. “The reaction of the staff and students to the developing project kept us going. The warmth, enthusiasm and positivity of the people of PNG towards us was an inspiration, while working alongside the locals was also a real honour.”

Published Karingal on 2016-05-30 23:09:16 GMT

Sarah Carroll is supporting our Not the Winter Ball. Why not join her and purchase tickets now to the non event of the year. Find out more and book at https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=192814&embed=192814

Published Karingal on 2016-05-30 01:00:04 GMT

In 2011, the Karingal EdLinks Program celebrated it's 25th anniversary. The video below takes your through the EdLinks journey. The video is a great example of inclusive education in action for people with an intellectual disability. It contains and wide range of related best practice teaching and learning approaches and can also be used as "train the trainer" inclusive education teaching resource. Please click on link below to view video

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