If you were affected by the bushfires in 2019-20 (ACT, NSW or VIC) and are currently in the ACT, please visit the essentials page for information on bushfire support.
The Essentials: Support for Food, Clothing and Accommodation
As Canberra’s largest not for profit organisation, we provide a range of community services to support the vulnerable, disadvantaged and at-risk individuals and families in the community. We call these ‘The Essentials’ – food, clothing, accommodation (homelessness support), and other critical services such as crisis support, emergency relief, and support after bushfires, to those who are in need.
These inclusive services are open five days a week and involve our Community Food Pantry providing food and personal care items, Food Rescue Program, Clothing Program to provide free clothing for work purposes to those in need, Homelessness Support and Transitional Housing, as well as Crisis Support, Emergency Relief, and Referral services.
Our Best Dressed Store – Op Shop located in South.Point Tuggeranong sells pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories from $5 onwards, open to anyone looking for hidden treasures and a bargain!
Lifestyles Services: Seniors, Disability and Transport
As a community organisation, we also offer interesting, engaging and interactive activities and programs for seniors across Canberra and at our seniors’ centres.
As a disability service provider and an NDIS provider, we pursue a service culture that focuses on upholding human rights and fostering the well-being, inclusion, safety and quality of life of people with disability. We offer a host of services, programs and activities as part of our disability services, including Support Coordination.
Our community transport service is a lifeline for many people. It assists clients to have continued independence and confidence by transporting them to medical and para-medical appointments, social and community activities, shopping centres or to visit loved ones in residential care.
Other Community Services
At our Tuggeranong and Gungahlin community centres, we additionally run a host of other social inclusion activities for younger and more mature people too. Our community development team leads these initiatives while fostering broader relationships in the community with activities and events.
Our registered, independent secondary school, Galilee School, supports young people for whom the mainstream schooling environment struggles to deliver positive learning outcomes.
We also offer regular and casual multi-purpose room hire seven days a week.
Along with our community services, we also offer professional qualifications and learning with our registered training organisation (RTO) – The Centre of Professional Learning and Education. We are also the largest children’s services (early childhood education and care) provider in Canberra and the surrounding ACT region with child care centres before and after school care, school holiday programs, family day care, and in-home care.
Explore all our community services using the search function below, or visit the respect community service page for more information.