Neighbourhood Centre

Scroll down the page to browse our services. For location, contacts and opening hours, click HERE.

Blackheath Cares

Helping

Blackheath Cares is 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 (not ongoing), 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.

Office services

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

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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.  To access these services or to donate food and other items, click here.

NILS
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.

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Free computer training
Everyone needs smartphone and computer skills these days.

CYBER_SHED education sessions 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. Enquire HERE

Cyber shed

Events, workshops and social activities
At BANC we believe a successful community is one that supports the social, cultural and creative life of its people. Join the fun and learning by taking part! Free activities include everything from environmental workshops to art therapy, fire safety seminars to fun events like our monthly Fridays at 125 get-together. Subscribe to our fortnightly event calendar (newsletter), find out what’s on or book at event HERE.
 

Events calendar

Tax help

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.