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Events, workshops and groups

At BANC we believe a successful community is one that supports the social, cultural and creative life of its people. Join the fun by taking part! Scroll down to see current and future activities, and regular support and social groups. Or click the button above to view photos and community feedback from recent events

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BANC has been chosen as a recipient of the Connecting Seniors Grant from the New South Wales Department of Communities and Justice. The NSW Government’s vision is that all people in NSW experience the benefits of living longer and enjoy opportunities to participate in, contribute to and be included in their communities. Our BANC Seniors Hub will contribute to this vision by providing a variety of free workshops, events, and activities for older people in our community.

Blackheath cockatoo playgroup

Blackheath Cockatoo Playgroup

All Welcome!

Wednesdays in School Terms 9:30-11:00

Blackheath Public School Hall

Just turn up and meet other children, parents and carers in a friendly informal setting.

To register, click HERE

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Grief, Loss, and Creativity

An opportunity to connect and share with others, and tap into the renewing force of creativity. No artistic ability required.

Wednesday 20th March

9:30-12:00

125 Wentworth street, Blackheath.

Bookings essential, please scan the QR code to book or click HERE

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The Olley and Orange Cake Art Experience with Jo and Jade!

Discover the joy of painting in a supportive and encouraging environment while you enjoy a morning tea of orange cake and other delights.

Bookings are essential, please click HERE

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FULLY BOOKED – WAITLIST NOW BEING TAKEN

Walk on Country With David King

Join Uncle David King for a walk and cultural talk on the Fairfax Track in Blackheath.

Bookings essential, click HERE

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Learn the Skills to Keep Someone Safe From Suicide.

This BANC supported LivingWorks safeTALK workshop teaches you the skills to identify someone with thoughts of suicide, ask them openly and directly about suicide and connect them to a keep safe connection for further help.

10am-2pm

Thursday March 7th 2024

Bates Hall

265 Great Western Highway, Blackheath

Free –please register HERE for catering purposes

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When: Every Tuesday morning 9:30 to 12:30

Problems with your phone?

We’re now hosting a weekly drop-in service to do quick fixes on smartphones. We aim to fix your problem in 30 minutes.

No appointment required, just drop in & say hello. If we’re busy grab a cuppa & we’ll be with you shortly.

Where: Neighbourhood Centre, 41 Gardiner Crescent

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Regular programs during term time

Need help to learn how to use your mobile phone or computer? Mondays and Wednesdays are open for 1 hour appointments face-to-face with our digital tutors. To register click HERE

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Free Monthly Community Dinners

FREE
Join your community for a relaxed and enjoyable dinner! Free BBQ and wood-fired pizza available. A great way to make new friends and wind down from the week. All ages and all abilities are welcome. Come solo or bring the family.

5pm-7pm First Friday of the month
125 Wentworth St
Blackheath

To register your interest click HERE

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Blackheath Playgroup – every Monday during school terms

9:30am start and pack up at 10.45am for an 11am finish

ALL WELCOME !

Meet other children, parents and carers in a friendly and informal setting at Blackheath Public School.

To register your interest, click HERE

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NO COST Physiotherapy assessment, advocacy and referral service in Blackheath for people on low incomes. FRIDAY Mornings.

This free service is provided by a registered physiotherapist and is aimed at providing individuals with a quick assessment, advice and if necessary, referral to other heath providers.

Friday mornings, 10am to 12:30 at 37 Gardiner Crescent, Blackheath (adjacent to the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre)

To register, click HERE

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Life, The Universe and Stories

EVERY THURSDAY – 10am to 12pm, Presbyterian Church Hall

125 Wentworth Street, Blackheath

A different kind of social group.

‘Life, the Universe and Stories’ is a relaxed social group that centres around the reading, reflection and discussion of great short stories.

Our facilitated story groups are an enjoyable way to relax, connect with others and do something good for your mental health. Everyone is welcome, no matter what your level of interest in reading. Just come along, feel free to read and chat or just sit back and listen.

Who knows . . . you might even discover the meaning of life!

Joining is FREE, morning tea provided. Click HERE to register

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CALLING ALL SENIORS!

(This group has reached maximum number of interested partied – we will update if we are looking for further participants)

Are you interested in taking part in an intergenerational playgroup with Blackheath preschoolers?

The intergenerational playgroup will commence Term 1, 2024, with 90 minute sessions, over 10 consecutive weeks.

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Felting with Julia

Wednesday 28th February, 10am-12pm

125 Wentworth Street, Blackheath

Booking essential, please click HERE

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First Saturday of each month (starts February 2024)

Have fun exploring your creativity with these Saturday workshops.

No artistic skill required.

The classes are gentle, time to explore and play with art materials.

Where: 125 Wentworth Street, Blackheath

When: First Saturday of each month

Time: 10am to 1pm

A contribution of $5 per person towards art materials is requested.

Children need to be over 9 years of age. 1 child per adult.

Click HERE to register

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YOGA FOR SENIORS

Wanting to bring more movement, relaxation and connection into your life?

Let’s do Yoga together !

Our upcoming Yoga for Seniors series includes gentle movement and postures, with options and modifications to suit your body – plus mindful breathing and other yoga inspired relaxation techniques.

Classes are guided by Emma, an experienced yoga teacher who is passionate about sharing the joys of yoga with people of all ages and backgrounds.

FREE – Bring your own Yoga Mats

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. CLICK HERE

“Proudly funded by the NSW Government”

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Learn all about the Bowerbird, as Janelle Randall-Court generously shares some of her personal story, her passion and knowledge on bowerbirds and the environment, all within a creative and positive space.

Previous groups have had lots of fun learning and being creative and at the end taking home a treasure of their own.

Feedback from a previous participant: “These moments are what make life great and memorable.  I really enjoyed my day, thank you Janelle, Jo and BANC”.

When: Saturday 24th February

Time: 2pm to 4:30pm

Where: 125 Wentworth Street, The Hub, Blackheath

This workshop is FREE. It is open for all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult / carer)

To register click HERE

Funded by the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund

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2nd Wednesday of each month – starting March 2024

at MYST Katoomba, 3:30 to 5:30pm

Are you concerned about the environment?

Would you like to meet other like minded people and learn some practical skills?

This group is for ages 12 – 17 years

Afternoon tea provided

Click HERE to register

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ART, FUN and FEELINGS

A free two (2) part workshop for children aged 7 to 10 years and their carers.

Learn simple and effective strategies to help manage emotions.

Wednesday 6th and 13th March 2024, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, at Mt Victoria Public School

To register click HERE

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Triple P Online Parenting Program for kids under 12

Stronger relationships to help kids now and in the future. Proven, positive strategies to help every family – now FREE in Australia.

Why Triple P Online Makes all the difference: You want to support your child’s development, grow closer and solve problems – positively. Now you can do the parenting program developed here in Australia, now used around the world. It’s backed by research, proven by parents. and it’s free!

Free Support for your positive parenting journey. Your complete positive parenting toolkit, now yours at no cost. Choose what works for you, to help give your kids key life skills and help the whole family stay calm and positive. Partners and other family members can do the program free too, so everyone’s on the same page and there’s less conflict.

Interactive, easy to use online program, including videos and activities and a downloadable workbook. Each module only takes about an hour or less and you can do just a few minutes at a time. Available anytime, at you place, at your pace!

Start your FREE Program today triple-parenting.net.au

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Fear-less Triple P Online for families

Help kids cope with challenges, and break free from anxiety. Some children become extra-worried, and amicus feelings can start to affect everyday life. They may often be upset and fearful, become withdrawn, or feel ‘sick with worry’. But you can positively support you child to develop their own toolkit of coping skills. It’ll bring you closer and help them manage anxiety and deal with difficult emotions in healthy ways – now, and in the future.

Fear-less Triple P Online offers Proven, positive strategies to help every family. Practical steps you can take to help your child or teenager to feel calmer and more capable. When you know how, you can help them be more emotionally resilient, and teach them new skills. Watch them gain confidence as they learn to tackle fears and situations they’ve been avoiding.

Start your FREE program today triple-parenting.net.au


Regular events and social groups

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Heathens Choir

Wednesdays, 2-4pm during school terms
Location: Phillips Hall
Cost: $75 per 10-week term
Blackheath’s celebrated community choir welcomes novices, experienced singers and even people who think they can’t sing! If you like music join in the fun. We perform at concerts, festivals and community events
More info: Christine Wheeler,
0408 276 436