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New Activities Page for our Website

Visit our new Activities page to find out about the activities and events happening at BVNC. We have information about our current and planned Children’s Activities, both year-round and in school holidays. We also have information and links for information about our current and planned Adult Activities, including BVNC’s Groups, our Neighbourhood Social activities and … Read more

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Visit our new Activities page to find out about the activities and events happening at BVNC. We have information about our current and planned Children’s Activities, both year-round and in school holidays. We also have information and links for information about our current and planned Adult Activities, including BVNC’s Groups, our Neighbourhood Social activities and events, and Workshops, Seminars and Training.

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Dinner and Games Nights at The Berkeley Centre

Central Coast NFP FIAM Care Arm will be holding another FREE Neighbourhood dinner & games nights here at the Berkeley Centre on Friday 22nd June from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Last Friday’s evening was a huge success, with over 60 people enjoying a hot dinner and games in the Hall here at the Berkeley Centre. Why … Read more

dominoesUNOCentral Coast NFP FIAM Care Arm will be holding another FREE Neighbourhood dinner & games nights here at the Berkeley Centre on Friday 22nd June from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Last Friday’s evening was a huge success, with over 60 people enjoying a hot dinner and games in the Hall here at the Berkeley Centre. Why not come along for good hot food, company and fun. FIAM hands out hampers at the end of the evening.

The dinner & games nights are held  every 4th Friday night from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Supported by Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre.

For all inquiries, call Abraham on 0430 995 790.

Gold coin donation appreciated.

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Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre Food Drive

Please help us to help others. BVNC would like to be able to provide more food assistance to people in our local area who are in difficulties. You can help by donating food to BVNC’s Emergency Relief Program. We need food donations which can include: Pasta, Rice, Beans, Soup, UHT Milk, Canned Fruit and Vegetables, … Read more

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Please help us to help others. BVNC would like to be able to provide more food assistance to people in our local area who are in difficulties. You can help by donating food to BVNC’s Emergency Relief Program.

We need food donations which can include:

Pasta, Rice, Beans, Soup, UHT Milk, Canned Fruit and Vegetables, and Canned Tuna or Salmon.

The Drop Off point is Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre, here at The Berkeley Centre, 3 Heather Ave, Glenning Valley. Please call 4388 5801 for further information, or you can email us on manager@bvnc.org.au.

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Term 2 Illustration-Hub Youth Art Workshops in May-July

Happiness is artistic kids gaining confidence with our very successful Illustration-Hub Visual Arts Program for 5-15s. Our current 8-week series of Workshops are running on: Mondays from 7th May (except the 11 June long weekend) from 3.30 pm – 5 pm. [colored_box bgColor=”#ffffff” textColor=”#000000″]Your kids will love the four projects for this new 8-week series: … Read more

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Happiness is artistic kids gaining confidence with our very successful Illustration-Hub Visual Arts Program for 5-15s.

Our current 8-week series of Workshops are running on:

Mondays from 7th May (except the 11 June long weekend) from 3.30 pm – 5 pm.

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  1. Goldfish with oil pastel on black cover paper,
  2. Landscape painting with acrylics,
  3. Colourful Butterfly with acrylics,
  4. Perspective-Building ( technique) with markers, colour pencils, oil-pastel and acrylics.

Gill Holton has been hosting Johnny and the kids here at the Berkeley Centre for the workshops. She has written on BVNC’s Facebook page: There is still time for children to join the group as they will be given a catch up session whilst the other children work on their current project.We had a number of 5 year olds going in age up to 11 years. All ages were very creative and had fun learning.[/colored_box]

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  • To be held at The Berkeley Centre, 3 Heather Ave, Glenning Valley.
  • All art material is provided.
  • The cost is $5 per week. A concession is available if you have a Health Care Card.
  • Please book as places are limited. Call 4388 5801 or email manager@bvnc.org.au [/colored_box]

Illustration-Hub: http://www.illustration-hub.com/

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Community Garden Working Bee

Find out more about Community Garden membership on our Garden page. You can also read or download our brochure by clicking on the picture (at right). Community Garden working bees are normally held on the first Saturday of every month. They last for about two hours and morning tea is provided.  The next working bee … Read more

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Find out more about Community Garden membership on our Garden page. You can also read or download our brochure by clicking on the picture (at right).

Community Garden working bees are normally held on the first Saturday of every month. They last for about two hours and morning tea is provided.  The next working bee is on Saturday 7th July from 9.00 am.  All Garden members welcome!

 

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BVNC Community Survey

As part of our ongoing commitment to the communities in Berkeley Vale, Chittaway Bay/Point and Glenning Valley, we are conducting online surveys seeking feedback from you. This will enable us to see if there is anything proactive we could be doing for our communities. Please spare us a few minutes to take our current survey. … Read more

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As part of our ongoing commitment to the communities in Berkeley Vale, Chittaway Bay/Point and Glenning Valley, we are conducting online surveys seeking feedback from you. This will enable us to see if there is anything proactive we could be doing for our communities.

Please spare us a few minutes to take our current survey. Your feedback is important! You can find the BVNC Community Survey here.

 

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Community Garden Now has Facebook Page

Keep up with the Berkeley Vale Community Garden Facebook Page for shared gardening tips, news and information of interest to gardeners. It also has the latest photos of our members’ working bee efforts, and updates on the progress of our FACS-funded upgrade project. Go to https://www.facebook.com/berkeleyvalecommunitygarden/     Back to Home Page

BVCG9Jan18_7Keep up with the Berkeley Vale Community Garden Facebook Page for shared gardening tips, news and information of interest to gardeners.

It also has the latest photos of our members’ working bee efforts, and updates on the progress of our FACS-funded upgrade project.

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Go to https://www.facebook.com/berkeleyvalecommunitygarden/

 

 

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New Website for Tuggerah OOSHC

The Tuggerah OOSHC pages have now been removed from the Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre Website. People with kids who need Out of School Hours Care or Vacation Care will now be able to check out the new Tuggerah Out of School Hours Care website at  https://www.tuggerahooshc.org.au and find out more about quality, professionalism, learning and … Read more

HomepageScreenshot2The Tuggerah OOSHC pages have now been removed from the Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre Website.

People with kids who need Out of School Hours Care or Vacation Care will now be able to check out the new Tuggerah Out of School Hours Care website at  https://www.tuggerahooshc.org.au and find out more about quality, professionalism, learning and fun at Tuggerah OOSHC. We hope you enjoy exploring the website and finding out more about Tuggerah OOSHC and what it has to offer.

  • The Home page has a Noticeboard with important Updates, Upcoming Events and Notices for our parents and children.
  • The About Us page has information about Tuggerah OOSHC, including philosophy, funding, the Outside School Hours Care Quality Assurance process, and the auspicing organisation (Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre Inc., which publishes this website).
  • The Before & After School Care and Vacation Care pages contain information about how many places the service has, what kinds of activities are offered, service philosophy and policies, fees, current programs, and enrolment and bookings.
  • The Photogallery page contains Term Newsletters, as well as Photogalleries from Before & After School and Vacation Care.
  • The Contact Us page has full contact details and hours for the TOOSHC offices both at Tuggerah Primary School and the Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre, as well as Google location maps for both places. Please don’t hesitate to contact these offices if you need any further information or assistance.

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New Walking for Pleasure Program for 2018

Click on the thumbnail for the new Walking for Pleasure Program for 2018. Our Walking for Pleasure Group page also has a Brochure and Registration Form for new walkers wanting to find out more. Back to Home Page

WalkingforPleasureLogoClick on the thumbnail for the new Walking for Pleasure Program for 2018. Our Walking for Pleasure Group page also has a Brochure and Registration Form for new walkers wanting to find out more.

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Second Bite and Food Help back at BVNC

Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre obtains surplus fresh fruit and vegetables through the Second Bite Program, which organises the provision of surplus fresh food to community food programs around Australia.  We obtain our surplus food from Coles at Chittaway Bay.From Thursday 18th January, we will usually have fresh fruit and vegetables, and occasionally bread, on Mondays … Read more

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We also have some supplies of free prepared rice, recipe bases, sauces, spices and food bars, which can take the edge off the price of main meals.

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From Thursday 18th January, we will usually have fresh fruit and vegetables, and occasionally bread, on Mondays and Thursdays from 12 noon.

  • Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre obtains surplus fresh fruit and vegetables through the Second Bite Program, which organises the provision of surplus fresh food to community food programs around Australia.  We obtain our surplus food from Coles at Chittaway Bay.From Thursday 18th January, we will usually have fresh fruit and vegetables, and occasionally bread, on Mondays and Thursdays from 12 noon.
  • We also have some supplies of free prepared rice, recipe bases, sauces, spices and food bars, which can take the edge off the price of main meals.
  • Our sister Neighbourhood Centre, Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre, has a  discount Food Store which is open Monday to Thursday from 9am—3pm,  free day-old bread on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and fresh surplus fresh fruit and vegetables after 1 pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Frozen bread is usually available any time Monday to Thursday 9am-3pm. BBNC can provide additional food help for people in extreme circumstances. Please call BBNC on 4332 7450 if you need more information.

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New Toys at Bilby Toy Library

Bilby Toy Library members, you can see some of our new toys at https://bilbytoylibrary.setls.com.au/new_toys on our online Toy Library Website. There will be even more new toys soon so make sure you check these out when you and your child/ren look through the catalogue. Anyone with internet access can now view the Online catalogue. Members … Read more

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Anyone with internet access can now view the Online catalogue. Members can also log in and renew loans, reserve toys for borrowing, and access their member data such as current loans and due dates, at the click of a button. Our Online service can be used by members on any device, including smartphones.

Bilby Toy Library Joining fees are:

  • Family 6 months – $20
  • 6 months concession – $10
  • 1 year – $35
  • 1 year concession – $15

Our membership prices are very reasonable, and open up a world of toys, books, costumes and play experiences parents could could not otherwise afford. Toy library membership would make a great present for a family member or friend with children under 5. If you would like more information about the Bilby Toy Library, including loan entitlements and conditions, go to https://bvnc.org.au/the-bilby-toy-library/

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Study shows income support payments inadequate/NSW Rebate Increase Update

A recent ANU study has found that unemployment benefits are not enough for recipients to afford basic needs, according to an abc.net.au news article posted on 23rd August 2017 by David Coady. Basic standard of living costs (including food and energy bills) exceeded welfare payments by $47 to $126 per week, according to the study. … Read more

EAPA-Icon-2016A recent ANU study has found that unemployment benefits are not enough for recipients to afford basic needs, according to an abc.net.au news article posted on 23rd August 2017 by David Coady. Basic standard of living costs (including food and energy bills) exceeded welfare payments by $47 to $126 per week, according to the study. ACOSS says the “Newstart allowance hasn’t been increased in over two decades in real terms”. To see the article, click here.

Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre and our sister Centre Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre are Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) providers. The EAPA Scheme, currently run by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, helps people experiencing a short term financial crisis or emergency to pay their electricity or natural gas bill. The scheme helps people stay connected to essential energy services during a financial crisis. To find out more about EAPA and other available energy rebate programs, go to our Services Page and look under ‘EAPA’.

Rebate Increase Update 4/9/17: The NSW Government has just announced changes to the Energy Account Payment Assistance (EAPA) program and the energy rebates. For EAPA, the new limits are up to 6 vouchers ($300) per bill and up to 12 vouchers ($600) per year for both electricity and gas accounts. Information about the other rebate changes, which will be implemented ‘as early as possible’ is shown below.

Rebate Current rate pa New rate pa
Low income Household Rebate $235 $285
Family Energy Rebate $150

($15 part payment)

$180

($20 part payment)

Gas Rebate $90
$99
$110
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Life Support Rebate up to $1120 up to $1320
Medical Energy Rebate $235 $285
Energy Accounts Payment Assistance

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5 x $50 vouchers per bill claim, max twice per year (total $500 annually) 6 x $50 vouchers per bill claim , max twice per year (total $600 annually)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Counselling at BVNC

There is a Counselling Service available here at BVNC. Counsellor Ali provides Couple counselling, Individual Women’s and Men’s counselling, Relationship counselling, and Teenage counselling. You can find out more about her service at http://www.aliscounselling.com/. Rates start from $35, with Relationship/Family Counselling starting from $65. There is a discounted rate for low income earners and concession … Read more

There is a Counselling Service available here at BVNC. Counsellor Ali provides Couple counselling, Individual Women’s and Men’s counselling, Relationship counselling, and Teenage counselling. You can find out more about her service at http://www.aliscounselling.com/.

Rates start from $35, with Relationship/Family Counselling starting from $65. There is a discounted rate for low income earners and concession card holders. For further information on fees or to make an appointment, please contact Ali during business hours by calling 0402 668 952 or  email aliscounselling@gmail.com.

Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

If you would like to find out more about BVNC Inc, go to our About Us Pages: BVNC Inc , BVNC Inc Membership , BVNC Inc Board of Governance . And you can find out more about our Service Organisations at Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre , Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre , Tuggerah OOSHC .   … Read more

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The Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre Brochure.

Click on the thumbnail at right for a copy of the Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre Brochure. The Brochure may be useful for people who are new to the area, who are referring people looking for assistance, services or neighbourhood activities, or for people who are just curious about what we do. It can be read on screen, or printed on two sides of A4 paper, with a middle fold to make a booklet.

 

 

 

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