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Services for seniors
BANC encourages local seniors to participate in all its programs and events. However, we have two programs that are exclusive to our community’s elders.
The first is a fun fortnightly bus trip to an interesting location, where participants can socialise and share a meal. The other is Blackheath Cares, a volunteer service that provides practical and social help for people who are less mobile or who need a hand during difficult times such as illness or hospitalisation. Our lovely volunteers can do everything from driving you to the shops to pet-minding, occasional help with cleaning and gardening, or simply dropping in now and then for a cuppa and a chat. To apply for either service fill out this short form. To volunteer, click here.
Free computer training
Everyone needs smartphone and computer skills these days.
CYBER_SHED digital mentor Simon Hare can show you how to use your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop in a way that meets the individual needs of each student. We focus on students over 50, but all ages are welcome. Classes are one-to-one and cover anything online, web-based, mobile device & app-related. The first four one-hour classes are free of charge.
Look out for group classes starting next year – it’s more fun to learn with friends. And keep an eye on our events page for special opportunities. Volunteer tutors are very welcome.
Drop into the Neighbourhood Centre on Gardiner Crescent during opening hours to use our WIFI, scanner and computer free of cost, or do your photocopying for a small charge.
Help with food and utility bills
When money is tight, or you’re facing difficulties like illness or the effects of natural disaster your Neighbourhood Centre can lend a hand. We have a food pantry that is open regularly at our offices. We’re also able to provide vouchers to pay for gas and electricity bills if you are eligible for these. If you’d like to know more or donate food and other items, click here.
No interest loans
The No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) helps people who are on a low income to buy new items such as white goods, TVs, mobile phones, computers, medical equipment, vet bills, medical bills, furniture, CTP insurance, car repairs, and education/training of up to $1500 in value. Users repay the loan, usually over a year. Fill out this short form and we’ll get right back to you with more info and appointment times.
If you earn less than $60,000 a year, you may be eligible for free help from our team of ATO-trained and accredited volunteers. They can lodge your return or complete your non-lodgement advice and can also claim a refund of franking credits. Appointments are only available from beginning of August to the end of October each year. To learn whether you qualify for the service and the documents you will need, please fill out this short form.
Local Social Group ‘The Welcome Table’
If you’re new to the area or want to make new friends, Welcome Table hostess Lindena would like to extend a warm invitation to join in the fun and chat at the Ivanhoe Hotel every Friday at 3.30. Many firm friendships have been made around the table over a hot cuppa. It’s also a great way to keep in touch with what’s going on in your community. Contact Lindena on 0410 310 205. For more local events, groups and activities click here.