Our regular programs

APM Employment Services - Wednesdays by appointment

APM provides services designed to place people with disabilities into meaningful employment, providing assistance with job matching, pre-employment screening and assessment, preparation for work, job placement and post-placement support.

 

Wednesdays at BNC by appointment

Appointments to be made through APM directly. Contact APM Charlestown via 4943 8585

Beautician - Mondays monthly, 10am - 1pm

Leesa is BNC’s resident qualified beautician, with experience in eyebrow waxing; manicures and pedicures; lash and brow tinting; and nail cutting for people with diabetes.  There is nothing quite like pampering yourself just a little bit, and a good pedicure will make your feet very happy!  Bookings are essential, so plan a pamper-day for yourself and give BNC a call.  Please let the receptionist know which treatment you want.  If you’re having an eyelash tint, please make sure that all your make-up is removed.

 

Monthly on Mondays from 10am – 1pm by appointment

Costs:  Manicures $20, Pedicures $25, Eyebrow wax $10, Eyebrow tint $10, Eyelash tint $18.

Time:  Manicure 30 mins, Pedicure 30 mins, Brow wax 15 mins, Lash tint 15 mins, Brow tint 10 mins.

Contact BNC on 4947 0031

Belmont Men's Shed - open Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm

Belmont Men’s Shed is a safe and welcoming place for men of all ages to gather and have a yarn while sharing skills, creating friendships and projects together.  Members of the community often ask us to restore furniture, or design and make projects for them.  There is an extensive list of items that we make such as, large Christmas decorations that can be displayed in gardens or on roofs;  possum/bird boxes and small beehives; large letters to use for birthdays, weddings and other events; and sets of jewellery mandrels.  We have wooden gifts for sale at the shed – children’s chairs, trucks and others toys; wooden pens and many other interesting goodies.  Get your Christmas or birthday orders in early!

 

Monday to Friday from 9am – 3pm

Cost:  $18 for annual membership to the Men’s Shed.  This includes membership for other BNC programs

 

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Book Exchange

You can never have enough books or a big enough bookshelf.  BNC’s Community Book Exchange is a free program that provides a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.     There are biographies and true stories and a fair amount of information if you happen to be a cricket fan.  Or if you want to binge read Agatha Christie, there is a good selection available.  Mysteries, thrillers and crime abound.  If you’re a romantic, Jodi Picoult or Nora Roberts may appeal to you.  Come and browse our shelves; bring a book or take a book; exchange your loved stories for someone else’s.

 

Monday to Friday from 9am – 3pm

Cost:  Free

Contact BNC on 4947 0031

 

The categories are:

True Stories

Thriller

Romance

Mystery

Drama

Adventre

Crime

CCC - Craft, Coffee, Chat group - Fridays, 9:30am - 12 noon.

The Coffee, Chat and Craft Group (CCC) is a social group where women can bring their personal crafting pieces, chat, enjoy each other’s company, chat, knit, chat, exchange ideas, chat, crochet and perhaps have a yarn over morning tea!!  There is no formal tuition or expectation, just craft-lovers together.  And did we mention having a chat?

New members are always welcome so please come along and join us. 

 

Fridays from 930am – 12pm

Cost:  $5 (members) or $7 (non-members)

Contact BNC on 4947 0031

Chauntelle Alydia Dance Academy - 0412502528

Chauntelle Alydia Dance Academy [CADA] provides dance tuition for all ages, from tiny tots (3 years) to seniors.  Our lessons cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary dance and cheerleading.  CADA also teaches dancing and choreography for the HSC dance certificate.  Classes are fun and energetic and  students have a great time.  Private tuition is available.

 

Tuesdays and Fridays from 4pm

Cost:  Available from Chauntelle

Contact Chauntelle on 0412 502 528 or email chauntellea-cada@outlook.com or

visit http://www.chauntellealydiadanceacademy.com.au/classes-timetable

 

Miss Chauntelle began dancing at the age of 3 and has loved it ever since. She has been a professional teacher for over 5 years; she completed her Diploma in Dance Teaching majoring in Classical Ballet with the British Ballet Organization finishing with a Distinction. She has also performed on P&O cruise lines, for various live shows, studied HSC Dance for year 11 & 12, competed in various eisteddfods and has been a choreographer for Star Struck.

Click here to visit the facebook page

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Community Pantry - Wednesdays 12pm

BNC’s Community Pantry provides low-cost food to community members.  This is a no questions asked, and no judgement passed, support initiative.  Just come to the centre and be welcomed in.  The food is provided from the Food Bank in Sydney and is collected weekly by the wonderful Kifi.

OzHarvest, which supplies free food, is available at the same time.

Wednesdays from 12pm

Cost as of 1/8/18:  $10 for a selection of food, PLUS low cost optional extras

Contact BNC on 4947 0031

Computer Lessons - Mon, Wed, thursday & Fri by appointment

BNC COMPUTER CLASSES   (done)

Confused?  Frustrated?  Ready to throw your phone, tablet or ‘that beast’ out of the window?  Have you given up on ever being able to register with organisations such as MyGov or Service NSW?  Or buy tickets on-line?  The good news is that our wonderful volunteers, Barbara and John, can help with a variety of computer and smartphone issues.  They are here if you need to learn the basics about your phone or computer and can help if you are wanting to improve your skills.  There is coaching on the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access and Publisher); using the internet; on-line purchases and bill paying; how to download apps and programs; or whatever you might want to learn about.  The individual or group classes take place in a relaxed environment which will help to build your confidence.  Lessons run for 1 hour.  

 

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays by appointment

Cost:  $5 (members) or $7 (non-members)

Contact BNC on 4947 0031

First Aid Course - Annual Training

This is a full day first aid certificate course.  It is run annually, please give us a call on 4947 0031 if you would like to know when the next course is running.

Training is provided by accredited trainers with a wealth of skills and experience. Upon payment you will receive a workbook that needs to be completed before attending the training.

 

Cost:  Subject to change – usually around $100.  Full payment is due before the class starts.  Bookings are required.

The cost includes morning tea and lunch

Time 9am-4:30pm

Gambling Help - by appointment

Would you like to speak to someone about help with gambling?  An experienced counsellor from Woodrising comes to BNC to provide one-on-one anonymous counselling.

 

By appointment only

Please contact Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre on 49594624

Habitat in Harmony Community Garden - Mon - Fri, 8am - 2pm.

Habitat in Harmony is a community garden project which grows food organically and sustainably through Permaculture principles.  Seasonal fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs are for sale to the public at extremely reasonable prices, all of which goes back into funding future growth in the garden.  Produce varies across the year depending on the season.  In spring there are plenty of leafy veggies (celery, silvery beet, kale and lettuces).  In summer, zucchini, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and beans.  Autumn it’s chillies, potatoes, swedes and turnips.  Winter’s produce is lettuce, snow-peas, cabbage and broccoli.

Bags of compost need to be pre-ordered and are to be collected from the garden.  In keeping with Permaculture principles, reusable hessian potato bags are provided and can be dropped back in to the garden or the BNC reception desk at any time.

Worm-wee fertiliser is occasionally available, ask at the garden for more information.

You can find our Facebook page by searching for ‘Habitat in Harmony Community Garden’, or join the e-newsletter by leaving your name and email address with our friendly staff.

We are open Mondays to Fridays from 8am – 2pm

Cost:  ‘$12 for annual membership to the Habitat in Harmony Garden.  This includes membership for other BNC programs.

 

MEMBERS:

Compost $5 a bag

Produce $4 per shopping bag

NON-MEMBERS:

Compost $6 a bag

Produce $6 per shopping bag

 

Contact BNC on 4947 0031

Click here to see the Habitat in Harmony Facebook Page

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Hall and Room Hire

We have two halls and two rooms available for hire.

The Main hall has the approximate capacity for 100 people with tables and chairs or 150 seated – there is also a small stage.  A semi-commercial kitchen and on-site parking is available.

The PlayStation Hall is our hall for children.  It has an approximate capacity for 40 people with tables and chairs.  This is an excellent space for Children’s parties as it has an undercover outdoor area and new play equipment.  There is a kitchen with tea/coffee and cooking facilities.  This space is very popular so book early!! 

The Computer Room holds a maximum of 10 people and has 4 PCs with internet connections and a whiteboard.  This space can also be used for meetings. 

A Consultation Room which is suitable for one-on-one wellness services such as massage, beauty treatments and reflexology or for one-on-one counselling or small meetings of up to ten people. 

PLEASE NOTE:  All our facilities are air-conditioned and have disability access.

PARTY HIRE- $300 (plus a refundable $500 Bond).  NO 18th or 21st birthdays in accordance with Council Policy.

KIDS PARTY HIRE (daytime only) – $70 half day (members) or $90 half day (non-members) plus a $150 refundable Bond.

 

HALL & ROOM HIRE CHARGES            

Full day hire $100 (members) or $120 (non-members).  Plus a $150 refundable Bond.

Non Profit Organisations, $15p/h

Private Organisations, $25p/h

Key Deposit is $100.00

    

Additional hire items include- Cleaning fee (if not left satisfactory) $116/ hr; use of semi commercial kitchen $30 (full fee); Data projector (on site hire only) $20 and trolley service $15 for up to 20 people (tea/ coffee and biscuit set-up in room).

 

Please contact Kylie on 49470031 for all hall hire enquiries and bookings**

Healthy Moves gentle exercise

Healthy Moves in the Hunter provides a fun and friendly atmosphere for all ages to the keep our bodies moving and the doctor off our backs at very reasonable prices! 

We do gentle, low-to-moderate intensity exercise classes based on the Heartmoves (Heart Foundation) principles for safe exercise.  Classes aim to improve fitness, strength, balance, flexibility and smile lines!!  All classes are designed to be fun, varied and social. The Belmont Neighbourhood Centre hosts 4 sessions a week.  Monday and Thursdays at 8-8.55am are the more challenging classes and the 9-9.45am sessions are designed to be comfortable for people who are just starting out or need some chair support to exercise. 

We also have a specialised class that focuses on certain aspects of health.  Stretch and Balance sessions (8-8.45am on Fridays) introduce you to gentle but somewhat challenging stretching and balance movements to help improve overall flexibility and stability.   Stretching can be beneficial for muscle health, injury prevention and joint range of movement.  Balance exercises can benefit you by increasing stability and helping to prevent falls.  This session includes a short relaxation session to finish. 

Our participants always leave with smiles on their faces!!

 

Mondays and Thursdays from 8am – 8.55am for beginners and 9am – 9.55am for supported needs (Health Moves)

Fridays from 8am – 8.55am (Stretch and Balance)

Cost:  $5 (members) and $7 (non-members)

Contact BNC on 4947 0031

Hunter Region No Interest Loans Scheme (HR NILS) - By Appointment

Hunter Region No Interest Loan Scheme [HR-NILS] is a program providing interest free loans for essential items up to $1500 to low-income residents of Lake Macquarie. 

Information packs are available from the BNC office providing details about the program and approval process. These can be posted to the client if requested, or they can be collected from Reception prior to an appointment.  Only after all relevant paperwork is filled out and finalised, can appointments be made.

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment

Cost:  Free

Contact BNC on 4947 0031

Hunter Volunteer Centre - By Appointment

If you would like to get out there and do something in the community, the Hunter Volunteer Centre can help by connecting you to volunteering opportunities around Newcastle and The Hunter.  You might want to garden; visit lonely people; assist in a community kitchen or work with the youth.

HVC comes to BNC to interview new volunteers.  

 

Thursdays from 9am – 1pm by appointment

Cost:  Free

Contact HVC on 4929 4424 [ask to be seen at BNC]

Legal Aid - Tuesdays, fortnightly, by appointment

A free legal advice service is provided by Legal Aid NSW by qualified legal practitioners and is available to all community members.  Come in and speak to a legal expert about your concerns Consultations are confidential, ranging across most legal services.

 

Consultations every second Tuesday from 2pm – 4pm

Cost:  Free

Contact BNC on 4947 0031 to make an appointment

Legal Aid Contact:  Head Office on 4929 5482

Lifeline Counselling - Mondays by appointment

Lifeline and their accredited counsellors offer face-to-face counselling services at BNC on Mondays. Appointments are made directly with Lifeline on 02 49402000.  Clients should advise the appointment clerk if they wish to attend at the Belmont Neighbourhood Centre.

Lifeline offers a 24hr crisis telephone counselling service on 131114.

Email:  reception@lifelinehunter.org.au

Web:  www.lifelinehunter.org.au

Massage - Thursdays, weekly. $35 for 45 mins

This women’s relaxation massage is run by an experienced masseuse for those of you who need to relax.  These massages work those tight areas that may occur in the feet, legs, back, shoulders, neck and head.  The sessions are 45 minutes and are excellent for stress relief, circulation and the immune/lymphatic system.  You should be walking on air by the time you’re done!!

Thursdays from 9.15am – 2.15pm

Cost, $35 (members) $45 (non-members)

Contact BNC, 4947 0031 for an appointment

Mums and Bubs Group

A relaxed and supportive group for mothers and their babies.

The aim of this group is to support mothers with newborn children, learn ways to interact, promote healthy development, build resilience and  strengthen mother-child attachment.

Every Thursday during the school term from 10am

Cost: Free!

Orange Sky Laundry Service

Orange Sky helps to positively connect our friends in need by providing a free laundry service.

What Orange Sky Does:
We have a simple formula; we provide a platform for every day Australians to connect through a regular laundry service. The focus is on creating a safe, positive and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or who feel disconnected from the community. Our volunteers are not social workers or experts on homelessness – they are empathetic listeners and great conversationalists.

Loads of washing take approximately 1 hour.

For more information on Orange Sky, Click here

Oz Harvest - Free Food Program - Wednesdays and Fridays at 12pm

OzHarvest is a community program which provides free food, each Wednesday starting at 12pm.  The food is supplied by OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation.  They collect quality excess produce from commercial outlets and bring it to our centre.  The quantity and type of food delivered each week changes according to the season and availability.

Please note:  We are unable to hold food – sorry.

Wednesday 12pm

It’s a fun program with lots of helpful volunteers.

BNC also provides crisis support for those who need food urgently – depending on what resources we have available.

Perform-Ability - Wednesday 4pm

We do dance therapy and routines for people of any age with disabilities.  You are welcome to join our classes to move with the music, and work on your rhythm.  We have a free trial to place individuals into the most suitable class available.  We also offer one-on-one tuition.

If you’re want to be a star, there are performance opportunities for you at the Newcastle Show, Mattara festival and many other events around Newcastle.

Please note:  This group does not operate during school holidays.

 

Wednesdays from 4:45pm

Cost:  available from Miranda

For bookings and exact timings contact Miranda on 0431 036 659 

Email: info@perform-ability.com or visit www.perform-ability.com

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PlayStation Toy Library - Monday - friday, 9am - 3pm

The PlayStation Toy Library was established in 2011 in order to provide parents with a cost effective way for their children to experience a variety of toys to play with.  Parents/grandparents can hire one or two toys per child for two weeks for a gold coin donation. 

We also have a Party Pack offer which is available for 1 week and consists of either six different toys or six toys chosen as a set from our catalogue. There are costumes to hire for fancy-dress parties and a small mirror ball is available to add a touch of bling.

Please Note:  Late return fees apply and we ask that parents ensure toys are cleaned before they are returned – we strongly recommend disinfecting them.

A parent/grandparent must be a member of the Toy Library to borrow items.

Cost:  $12 for annual membership to the Toy Library.  This includes membership for other BNC programs.

The library is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 3pm via Reception.

Red Robin playgroup - Monday 10am $4 per family

The Red Robin Playgroup is a weekly group for anyone caring for young children.  Playgroups are a great way to socialise children as they are exposed to new people and experiences.  An extra benefit is that carers get support through the challenging baby and toddler years.  The participants have two hours of fun, and the freedom to make lots of noise while playing various games.  Create friendships that might last a lifetime.

 

Mondays, 10am, bring morning tea and a hat

Cost:  $4 per family (members) or $6 per family (non-members)

Contact BNC on 4947 0031

Please Note:  This group does not operate during school holidays.

Reflexology - $25 for members or $40 for non-members.

Reflexology is a form of complementary therapy based on the principle that specific locations on the feet, hands, face and ears have connections to the rest of the body. By applying pressure to these locations using various massage techniques, reflexology is thought to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. 

The sessions last for 45 minutes.

Tuesdays by appointment

Cost:  $25 (members) $40 (non-members)

Contact BNC on 4947 0031

Tai Chi - Tuesdays 8.30am -11.00am $10 per class

The ancient practice of Tai Chi  combines slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and breathing exercises.  It is a martial art that can aid your circulation, balance, alignment and help to restore your energy.  The postures include standing and balancing, and flow together in a slow graceful dance that keeps your body in constant motion

Class programmes have been structured to cater for all levels, from beginners, through to those who wish to refine their present skill level, to the advanced levels of Moving Meditation and Weapon exercise sets.

There is no pressure for students to advance past the level they are comfortable with. Courses are suitable for all ages, regardless of fitness.

The courses are based on school terms.

 

Tuesdays from 8.30am to 11.00am. 

Beginners should ring Wendy on 0468 624 342 re time of arrival for their class  

Email:  wabrack1947@yahoo.com

University of the Third Age (U3A)

U3A – University of the Third Age – started in France and has spread worldwide.  Each area is individual and offers a range of courses and activities for the over 50’s. The courses offered are led or taught by volunteers sharing their knowledge, skills and interests, free of charge. There are no educational restrictions or pre-requisites and no exams.  An example of classes/activities on offer cover:  Exercise, craft, languages, politics, brain games, music, theology and many others subjects.  We also have social events which may include:  Going to the theatre, bus trips and luncheons.   Current activities and other information is available on our website.

 

If you’d like to join us, please contact the Eastlakes U3A on 0490 515 187.

Cost:  $50 (annual membership).  Costs for social outings depend on the event.

Website:   https://eastlakes.u3anet.org.au

Weight Watchers, Monday, Wednesday.

Weight watchers  is a support group whose core approach is to assist members in losing weight through eating more healthily and getting more exercise.  Their primary diet plan has no directly comparable requirements and no food is off limits.  Participants lose weight by creating a calorie deficit.  We meet three times per week at BNC

 

Mondays 5.30-7.30pm in PlayStation Hall

Wednesdays 9-11am in Main Hall

 

For more info, call weight watchers on 13 19 97

Yoga - General and beginners classes, Monday $12

Come and join one of our classes to learn how to relax, breathe and improve your vitality.  The sessions include yoga postures; breathing techniques; balance and alignment; and relaxation to ease fatigue and stress.  We always end with a short period of meditation.  These classes are suitable for beginners and the more experienced and are available for anyone over 15 years old.  One-on-one lessons are available on request.  There is no need to book, just come along and enjoy working on inner peace.

 

Beginners on Wednesdays from 6.00 – 7.00pm in the BNC Hall

General on Mondays from 6.30 – 7.30pm in the BNC hall.

Cost:  $12

0473 527 934