Our regular programs

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 – 2pm

Phone number: 0492 879 307

Cost:  $30 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

Bugalugs Playgroup

Bugalugs is our playgroup for under fives.

When: Tuesday mornings, 9:30 am to 12 pm
Cost: $3 per family

Bring your morning tea and a hat

No bookings required – just show up!

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

Computer Lessons - 4 days a week by appointment

BNC COMPUTER CLASSES

Confused?  Frustrated?  Ready to throw your phone, tablet 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 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.  

4 days a week by appointment (Monday, Wed-Fri)

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

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

Habitat in Harmony is a community garden project which grows food in a organic and sustainable manner.  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 sustainability 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.

 

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 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 Heart Moves (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 (8-8.55am 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

8am – 8.55am for beginners (general class)

9am – 9.45am for supported needs (supported class easier with chairs)

Wednesday

8am – 9am (Barre Class)

Fridays

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: HRNILS is a program providing interest free loans for essential items up to $1500 to low-income residents of Lake Macquarie. 

Due to Covid-19 related changes, clients need to contact HRNILS directly on 49877660.

If needed, we can email your documents to HRNILS.

Cost:  Free

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.

Due to Covid-19-related changes, HVC is not currently interviewing here at the Neighbourhood Centre. We will keep you posted on when that situation changes.

Cost:  Free

Contact HVC on 4929 4424

Hunter Water Assistance Scheme

If you’re struggling with your water bill, we can offer assistance. The Hunter Water Assistance Scheme is designed to help local residents who are struggling to pay their Hunter Water bill.

Call Kylie on 4947 0031 to make an appointment.

Lifeline Counselling - FREE - Mondays by appointment

Lifeline and their accredited counsellors offer free 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 on 4947 0031 for an appointment

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

OzHarvest is a community program which provides free food, each Wednesday and Friday..  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 & Friday – call us on 4947 0031 before 11am to book a food package.

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.

PlayStation Toy Library - Mondays from 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.

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 Mondays from 9am – 3pm via Reception.

Tackling Tobacco

BNC can help by providing free Nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenges) as well as ongoing coaching and support to quit smoking.

Call us on 4947 0031 to make an appointment.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings, 9am – 1pm.

Tai Chi - Tuesdays 8.30am -11.00am $12 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 programs 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. 

For more info, ring Kim on 0409 538 288

Email is belmont.aatc@gmail.com

Yoga - IYENGAR & Yoga Magic for Kids

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.

Iyengar style yoga, Tuesdays, 8am – 9:15am, in the Playstation Hall.

Yoga Magic for Kids, Monday 4pm – 5pm, in the Playstation Hall.

Call 4947 0031 for more info.

Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold is on every Tuesday night, from 7:30pm. No booking necessary, just turn up and have fun. Cost is $10 per session. For more information, contact Bec on 0425 265 742.