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Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

62 White Cross Road

Winmalee

Phone: 02 4754 4050

Fax: 02 4754 4607

Email: wincntre@tpg.com.au

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

8:30am – 4:00pm

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Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre is on Aboriginal land and acknowledges the Traditional Owners of that land, the Darug and Gundungurra peoples.

 Due to the Coronavirus Health Directives we have had to cancel many of our activities. These include: Mosaics, Yoga, Chair Yoga, Flex for seniors, The Monday Community Lunch, children's activities, support groups, financial workshops-any activity that requires the use of  our community hall/church halls.

About us

Funding and Partnerships

NSW Department of Communities & Justice, funds the Centre for all our general operations, and services.  Fair Trading NSW provides funding for our No Interest Loans program Loans Officer & 1800 NILS NSW Referral Line.

The Centre works in partnership with Blue Mountains City Council and other partners who provide assistance to enhance our services. These include:

  • THRIVE Family Service Katoomba & Lithgow
  • Springwood Sports Club
  • Fusion
  • Mt Riverview City Church
  • Springwood Baptist Church
  • Springwood Uniting Church
  • Warrimoo Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Strong Nation Church
  • Rotary Club Springwood
  • Bligh Park Community Service
  • Gateway Family Service
  • Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre
  • Lithgow Information Neighbourhood Centre
  • Oberon Christian Life Centre
  • Women's Cottage-Richmond
  • We are also grateful to our commercial donors and supporters who provide resources to assist the well-being of those who attend the Community/Homeless lunches.

Volunteering

Have you every thought about being a volunteer committee member, assisting with programs or the day to day activities at Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre?

Drop in and meet our friendly staff.

Be involved! Make a difference. You will fit right in.

For more information contact: The Manager on 4754 4050

Return & Earn-container deposit scheme

The centre now takes bottles and cans through the Return & Earn Scheme. People who take their bottles or cans to the centre get 10cents on each eligible container and the centre earns 3cents, which may not seem a lot but every small amount adds up.

These containers are most commonly found as litter in NSW. They’re often consumed ‘on the go.’

  • Cans (e.g. soft drinks)
  • Bottles ( e.g. beer bottles)
  • Cartons (e.g. flavoured milk cartons)
  • Juice boxes or poppers

Most containers between 150ml - 1litre (soft drinks up to 3 litres) are accepted and can get you a refund. However, they must…

  • Be in good condition (not be crushed or broken)
  • Be empty-Have the label attached
  • These items aren’t accepted, but can still go into household recycling. They’re often used at home.

  • Glass wine - spirit bottles - Juice bottles over 1 litre - cordial bottles - casks
  • Check with staff to see if your containers are eligible

 

Expansion Winmalee Community Food Cupboard

‘This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative,funded from the waste levy.’

Did you know that more than one-10th of the food bought by Australians winds up in the trash, costing the average household more than $1000 a year. In 2019 alone the country threw away $10.1 billion worth of food, according to the latest Rabobank Food Waste Report, making Australia the fourth-worst food waster in the world.

The centre has been proactive in reducing nutritious, edible food going to landfill for the past 8 years. We became  one of the first to gain support with Secondbite.

At 8am every morning we take our van to the Coles dock at Winmalee Shopping Village and stock it with food that would otherwise end up in landfill. This food is then taken to the centre where the staff assess the quality, it is then placed in our commercial refrigeration  for families who struggle financially to access.

This food is also distributed to many families in the Blue Mountains and we also support Foodbank with donations of fresh food. 

The centre has the resources to take surplus food. With a grant from the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority's Waste Less, Recycle More the centre has been able to purchase a new commercial fridge and freezer so we are able to ensure food remains fresh and stored correctly. We have also been able to purchase Cambro insulated hot/cold food pan carriers.

As a service that assists the most vulnerable in the community we want more businesses, cafes, clubs, growers etc. to participate in ending food insecurity for many people which in turn assists our environment. If you know a business, food producer etc. who would like to donate to our Fresh Food Programs please pass on our information.

As an early intervention strategy, ensuring families have healthy food is a priority. Providing healthy nutritious food along with education on cooking etc. has been associated with positive changes for the overall family including food and nutrition knowledge.

Our food programs are a core part of supporting our communities however there is no long term funding to increase our capacity. We are always seeking new avenues on how to ensure these programs become sustainable. If you would like to be involved in our programs please ring the centre. 

 

Financially Savvy Women-A free event for all women

Improving access to financial programs for women can make all the difference. Women are savers, and research has demonstrated that they are more likely to reinvest their savings in their families and communities. Unfortunately women disproportionately face financial access barriers that prevent them from participating in the economy and from improving their lives. The impact on women with disabilities is even greater as they have even less financial resources at their disposal.

To celebrate Womens Week Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre are proud to present the Financially Savvy Women event with guest speaker Melissa Browne. This is an opportunity for women to come along and learn from Mel’s experiences. Mel is an author, financial advisor, accountant and financial wellness advocate who is passionate about helping women live a life by design not default.

Her second book, Fabulous but Broke, is another illustrated book and uses financial fairy tales to challenge money messages that readers may have and question the notion that you need a fairy godmother or knight in shining armour to save you. Her third book is the global best-seller Unf*ck your finances and is all about showing Gen X & Gen Y how to unf*ck your finances, develop financial resilience and ultimately embrace financial wellness.

Using her unique, sometimes irreverent but always inspiring voice to speak and write about money, financial awareness, habits, strategy, business and occasionally shoes.  Melissa also writes a fortnightly column for the Money Section in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age and has also been a regular contributor to CEO Magazine and Latte Magazine.

In 2013 she was featured as one of Australia’s 100 most inspiring women in Madison magazine and in 2016 was named one of The Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

This event will be held on Monday 9th March at Springwood Sports Club at 1pm. Afternoon tea will be provided and a Q & A s after Mel’s presentation. Bookings are essential phone 47544050 to book.

This event is proudly sponsored by the NSW Government and the Cancer Institute NSW