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Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre
Information & Referral, Bilby Toy Library, Community Garden, Activities Groups, Energy Account assistance (EAPA), access to PCs, Internet and printing.
Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre is auspiced by BVNC Inc. It is currently funded by NSW FACS under the Community Builders Program, which is intended to strengthen communities as a way of reducing inequality and disadvantage. We provide a place where people can meet and access resources. We aim to be inclusive, and to provide as much support as we can to people needing assistance.
Our local are includes the suburbs of Fountaindale, Berkeley Vale, Chittaway Point, Chittaway Bay, and Glenning Valley.
A google location map is available on our Contact Us Page.
The following information is taken from http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/for-agencies-that-work-with-us/our-funding-programs/community-builders
These services include:
- community and neighbourhood centres where people can meet and access resources
- services and projects targeting particular groups such as men, women and cultural groups
- projects to support and build communities and community organisations, such as by providing mentoring schemes and management training.
Why is this program important?
Community Builders was developed in response to evidence showing that making communities stronger is an effective way of reducing inequality and disadvantage.
Strong communities are more resilient, and are better able to respond to challenges.
Community Builders services are open to communities in NSW with a strong focus on assisting disadvantaged groups in the community.
Disadvantaged groups may include people on low incomes, people who are isolated due to where they live, people who have little or no access to community resources meaning they are not able to participate in community life and activities.
What does the program deliver?
Services funded by Community Builders fit into four service activity categories:
- community hubs are local centres that help improve the community’s connectedness and capacity e.g. by providing information and referral on local services; access to the internet, access to skills training, and a place for local groups to meet.
- community skills development projects work directly with community members to increase their ability to participate in their community e.g. through recruiting and training volunteers; providing training in mentoring and leadership and by providing training in how to establish and run community organisations
- community capacity building projects help build community strength by building links between community members with a focus on including disadvantaged groups e.g. by holding social or cultural events or by setting up a community network around a shared issue.
- community sector development projects build the capacity of service providers to work together on issues affecting their communities through the provision of professional learning, mentoring and network development skills.
Targeted Early Intervention
Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre (as well as Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre, which is also auspiced by BVNC Inc) is funded under the NSW FACS Targeted Early Intervention Program. The TEI Program was developed to complement the FACS early intervention service system. Service delivery under TEI is aimed at children, young people, families and communities who are potentially vulnerable or have known vulnerabilities, including those experiencing crisis.
The Community Strengthening stream of TEI aims to connect disadvantaged or excluded members of the community with the broader community. This is done by improving access to fundamental material and social resources. Fundamental resources include adequate housing, health care, employment, education, support or financial resources.
Another way to strengthen communities is by enabling socially isolated people to be part of community social activities and events. In addition, we can promote and enable collective involvement with community issues and opportunities.
Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre aims to meet its TEI Service through:
- Provision of a Community Centre – providing a place to meet, interact, volunteer, or seek help or support. This may include provision of meeting space, sponsorship/support for forums, groups and programs (including parent, youth, early childhood), and access to equipment and technology such as computers, software and internet etc.
- Development of Community Connections – building social capital and networks, promoting social inclusion, tolerance and diversity. This may include sponsorship/support of events, workshops, art and cultural or community activities etc..
- Provision of Community Support – providing programs to improve individual capacity (knowledge, skills, experience, confidence and well-being), social inclusion and participation. This may include sponsorship/support of training, workshops, activities that provide community support, and provision of volunteer opportunities etc..
- Provision of Targeted Support – providing assistance for people in specific categories of disadvantage or difficulty (e.g. domestic violence, social/economic disadvantage). This may include sponsorship/support of counselling, parenting or family groups or programs, playgroups, youth or child care activities etc.[/colored_box]
Donations and Fundraising
[one_half][titled_box title=”BVNC a deductable gift recipient” variation=”blue” bgColor=”#6495ED” textColor=”#ffffff”]BVNC inc has been endorsed as a deductable gift recipient. Donations over $2 to the organisation are tax deductable. Your donation will go towards enhancing the services provided by our Neighbourhood Centre projects at Glenning Valley and Bateau Bay as well as the Out of School Hours Care services we provide. It enables these projects to respond to the needs of those most disadvantaged in the community.[/titled_box][titled_box title=”Charitable Fundraising Number” variation=”blue” bgColor=”#6495ED” textColor=”#ffffff”] CFN/24617[/titled_box][/one_half][one_half_last]