Young People

1st Portland Scout Group
16 Cullen Street, Portland 2847
Tel: 0401 522 058
Contact: Leader in Charge, Mandy Wiggins
Meetings:  Joeys Mondays 5-6pm;  Cubs Mondays 6-7.30pm; Scouts and Venturers Thursday 6-9pm

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Scouts can take part in an extraordinary variety of outdoor activities, from ‘traditional Scouting skills’ such as camping and bush craft, through to more extreme challenges such as abseiling, overnight hiking, rafting canoeing, canyoning, snow activities, rock climbing, sailing and even flying!  Scouts also have the opportunity to become involved in performing arts, leadership development, community service, amateur radio operation, environmental projects, large-scale Australian events, such as Cuborees, Jamborees and Ventures, international events and service projects in developing countries.

Scouts is for boys and girls.  Joeys start from Kindergarten to age 8. Cubs 8 to 11 year olds, Scouts 11 to 15 year olds and senior scouting groups (Venturers and Rovers) from 15 to 25 years.

Anglican Church Youth Groups (St. Paul’s)
2 Roy Street
Tel: 6351 3070
Meetings: ONE: 7.30pm–9.00 pm Friday evening meeting at various places call for details (School years 6 – 12). Combined youth Group with the Baptist Church for all. ARVOS: After School Program for school aged children Tuesdays 3.15pm-4.30pm. After School program for all primary aged children.. Contact: 6351 3070 Mondays & Thursdays for more details.

Baptist Church Youth Groups
Cnr Great Western Highway & Lee Streets
Mob: 0412 682 819
Meetings: As advertised in Lithgow Mercury.

Bible Church – Youth Group
1 Col Drewe Drive
Tel: Jenny 0409 983 430, Natalie 0438 524 882
Meetings: Fortnightly during school terms for students Years 7 – 12

GINDAAY Youth Drop-in Centre
9 Wolgan St, Portland
Tel: 6355 4104
Contact Ian & Miriam Palmer
Open 3pm-5pm Monday & Wednesday during school terms for children from Year 3-Year 12. Youths enjoy a variety of activities and crafts, as well as afternoon refreshments. This is all free.

Girl Guides
Lithgow Guide Hall
19 Young St, Lithgow
Meetings: Monday (during school terms) 4.15pm to 6.15pm
Age 7yr and over
Contact: Joanne Martin – District Manager
Tel: 6379 1236; Mob: 0427 791 236
Contact: Cheryl Rutherford – Unit Leader
Tel: 6352 2188; Mob: 0415 951 380
Contact: Frances Laurenson – Unit Leader
Tel: 0469 838 576
State Contact:
Tel: (02) 8396 5200

Emergency Contact for any issues concerning the property: Lithgow City Council on 6354 9999

Guides – Portland
Portland School of Art, corner of Wolgan and Villiers Streets, Portland
Meetings: Tuesday afternoons during school terms.
Guiding offers girls and young women the opportunity to grow and learn leadership skills in a fun, flexible, and supportive environment that opens up worldwide opportunities, friendships and adventurous experiences, as well as a sense of purpose in the community as they develop into maturity. Guides are welcome from age 5-17, and leaders from age 18+.
Contact: District through our Facebook page at Portland Girl Guides NSW

Legal Aid NSW Youth HotLine (under 18s)
Tel: 1800 10 18 10
Hours: the Hotline provides legal advice & information to young people under 18 and operates 9am – midnight Monday to Thursday; 24 hours service. Friday 9am to Sunday 12 midnight and on public holidays.

St Pat’s Youth Group
La Salle Academy
Presbytery Tel: 6351 3092
Contact: Fr Garry McKeown

Youth Group
Uniting Church Parish Centre, 43 Bridge Street
Tel: 6351 3134
School Terms Thursdays 4pm – 6pm
Contact: Joshua Bleyerveen
Office hours: 10am – 1pm Monday to Friday
Youth Group is for high schoolers, year 7-12.

Youth Worx
28C Main St
Tel: 1800 664 996 or 6352 2132
Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
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Lithgow Health Consumers Working Group
Meetings held at Lithgow Hospital
Tel: (02) 4708 8100
Contact: Kerrie Roche
Meetings: Members meet 4 times per year
The working group; is made up of volunteers who know the communities’ health needs, speak for their communities and report back to their communities. This is a joint initiative of Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD)
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Lithgow Information & Neighbourhood Centre Ltd (LINC)
1 Padley Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6352 2077
Fax: 6353 1826
Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Volunteers are always needed to assist with meal delivery, gardening & social support for elderly people.
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Uniting Church Community Visitors’ Scheme
43 Bridge St Lithgow
Tel: 6351 3134
Hours: 10.00 am-1.00pm Monday to Friday
Contact: Lorna Fitzpatrick
Provides volunteer support and friendship to residents in local aged care homes.

Volunteering Central West
96 Russell Street, Bathurst
Tel: 6332 4866
Hours: 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday
Contact: Emily or Deb
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Department of Veteran Affairs
Tel: 1800 555 254
Hours: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
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Legacy – Lithgow Division
50 Main Street
Tel: 6353 1091
Hours: 9am to 3pm Tuesday to Thursday
Contact: Tracey Lewis
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Caring for the families of those who served their country

Veterans’ Advocacy Service
Legal Aid NSW
Tel: 9219 5148 (reverse charges accepted)
Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
Advice sessions conducted in regional areas.

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
Tel: 1800 011 046
Office hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Helpline: 24 hours 7 days
Contact: Central West Coordinator Kym Clyant
A service founded by Vietnam veterans
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Funeral Directors & Monuments

Hard Rock Memorials
12 Blaxland Street, Wallerawang 2845
Tel: (02) 63557747
Mobile: 0429 942 454
Contact: Lee Blaker
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Hard Rock Memorials is a locally owned and operated business providing a wide range of monuments, plaques, vases and restoration work.

Kerry Linegar Funerals
157 Mort Street
Tel: 6351 2661
Contact Michael & Jeannine Brown
Office hours: 24 hours 7 days

Lithgow City Funerals
101-103 Chifley Rd
Tel: Lithgow 6352 3368;
Office hours: 24 hours 7 days

Financial & Material Support

Family First Credit Union
148 Main St
Tel: 1300 369 900; 6354 1615
Hours: 9am-5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday& Friday; 10am-5pm Tuesday; 9am-12 noon Saturday

Financial Information Service

Department of Human Services
Tel: 132 300 for information;

No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)
Mary Mackillop Today
5/2 Roy St, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6352 3159
Contact: Sophie Tinning
Hours: 9am till 3pm Monday, Tuesday and alternate Thursday
Providing No Interest Loans (NILS) and StepUp Loans in the greater Lithgow community enamelling low income earners to access safe and affordable credit.

Reliance Credit Union
124 Main St
Tel: 6350 3102
Call Centre:  13 24 40
Contact: Sarah Kunst, Daniel Whiteman& Karen Houston
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
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Salvation Army – Community Welfare Centre & Family Store
101 Main Street
Tel: 6352 3515
Hours: 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Welfare Assistance 10am-12pm Tuesday & Thursday
Contact: Theresa Pilla

StepUp Loan
Mary Mackillop Today
5/2 Roy St, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6352 3159
Contact: Sophie Tinning
Hours: 9am till 3pm Monday, Tuesday and alternate Thursday
Providing No Interest Loans (NILS) and StepUp Loans in the greater Lithgow community enamelling low income earners to access safe and affordable credit.

St Vincent De Paul Store – Lithgow
193 Main Street
Tel: 6351 3774
Hours: 9am- 4pm Monday to Friday
Client assistance interviews: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1pm – 3pm.
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St Vincent de Paul Store – Kandos
60 Angus Avenue, Kandos NSW 2848
Tel: 6379 4555
Hours: 8.30am-3.30pm Monday & Thursday; 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
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St Vincent de Paul Store – Portland
43 Willewa St, Portland 2847
Tel: 6355 5077; after hours emergency 6355 5901 or 6352 3774
Hours: 9am-3pm Monday to Friday, 9am-12noon Saturday
Client assistance interviews: Monday & Friday1pm-2pm.
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Family Support

Australian Breastfeeding Association
Tel: 1800 686 268
Breast feeding support and education for mothers, group meetings and counselling 24 /7
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Community and Kids – (LINC)
1 Padley St, Lithgow 2790
Postal address:  PO Box 289 Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6354 5906
Fax: 6353 1826
Mobile: 0437 397 556
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Supporting families by facilitating supported playgroups, parent programs, information and referrals.

Child Support
Tel: 131 107
Automated Child Support information service 24/7
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Early Childhood Health Services
Tel: 6350 2750 for all appointments
Lithgow CHC – Monday-Friday
Portland Tabulam – every Tuesday
Wallerawang CHC – 1stWednesday of every month
Immunisation Clinic – 2nd Wednesday of every month

Family and Community Services (FACS)
109 Main Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6354 0800
Email: Community Services;
Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday

Family Referral Service
1 Padley Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6352 7113; 0429 403 169
Intake Line: 1300 006 480
Contact: Angie Collins

Office hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Family Referral Service  is an early intervention service. The role of the Family Referral Service is to assist vulnerable children and families to access specific and appropriate support services in the local area.  The intent is to prevent a difficult situation that a family may be experiencing resulting to a crisis.

Family Relationships Advice Line
Tel 1800 050 321
Hours: 8am-8pm Monday-Friday; 10am-4pm Saturday except public holidays.

LINC Multicultural Worker
Tel: 6354 5910
Offers assistance to people who come from diverse backgrounds and responds to the client’s need which included

  • filling in form
  • Multicultural Funday Monday this is a monthly meeting, with various activities such as cooking, dancing, painting, pampering , excursion etc.
  • contacting the relevant agencies such as  Immigration, ATO, Centrelink  etc.
  • resume writing
  • language mentoring programme
  • referal to other service providers

Hours:  7 hours per week.

Nanna’s Touch
131 Chifley Road, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 0409 765 601
Contact: Sue Murdock
Hours: 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday; 9am to 12pnm Saturday.
Meeting Times: Varies
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Support for parents / carers and people with disabilities by providing assistance, guidance and connections, which include community activities, such as cooking and sewing in an all-inclusive environment.
Some fees and bookings may apply

NSW Rape Crisis
Tel: 1800 424 017
Counselling 24 hours 7 days

Overeaters Anonymous
Tel: 0432 421 520
Meetings Fridays 5:30-6:30pm at LINC

Parentline NSW
Tel: 1300 1300 52
Hours: 9am-9pm Monday-Friday; 4pm-9pm weekends.

Poison Information Centre
Tel: 13 11 26  24 hours, 7 days

Red Nose
Tel: 1300 996 698, 24hr Bereavement Support Line 1300 308 307
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am- 5pm
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Thrive Services (Blue Mountains Family Support)
261 Main St, Lithgow
Tel: 6351 4055
Open: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm
Also at 2 Station Street Katoomba
Tel: 4782 1555
Open: Monday to Friday
Thrive Services is a not for profit community organisation that supports children, families and others living in the Lithgow and Blue Mountains areas. All our programs are free and voluntary. We aim to support children, families and our communities to thrive by:
• Adapting to the changing needs of families and children
• Providing a welcoming and accepting environment
• Offering family and practical support’
• Building a strong sense of community
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Weight Watchers
Tel: 13 19 97
Meetings: Red Cross Hall 5.30pm Wednesday

Domestic Violence

Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS)
Tel: 1800 688 009
Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday closed on public holidays.
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Domestic Violence Legal Advice Line
Tel: 1800 810 784
Hours: Monday & Thursday 1.30pm-4.30pm; Tuesday & Friday 9.30am-12.30pm.
Free legal advice about family violence and apprehended violence orders.
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Domestic Violence Line
Family & Community Services
Tel: 1800 656 463
Hours: 24/7
Referrals for refuge or counselling for women in domestic violence situations.

Integrated Violence Prevention and Response Services
Lithgow Community Health Centre
Col Drewe Drive, Bowenfels 2790
Tel: 6350 2750
Mobile: 0408 207 382
Contact: Lynda Barling-Day
Hours: 8.30am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday
Sexual assault Counselling for victims and non-offending family members

Lithgow Women & Children’s Crisis Centre
PO Box 438 Lithgow 2790
Tel: 1800 664 996 for intake or 6351 2230
In emergency contact Lithgow Police 6352 8399 or 000
After hours accommodation support contact via the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or Link2Home 1800 152 152
Accommodation and support for women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to domestic violence or other life crisis.

Police – Lithgow
Mort Street
Tel: 6352 8399
Hours: 24 hours
Contact Domestic Violence Officer

Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service
Tel: 6352 2052
Hours: A duty lawyer will assist women who do not have their own lawyer at court.

Women’s Legal Advice Line
Tel: 1800 801 501
Hours: Monday & Thursday 9.30am–12.30pm; Tuesday 1.30pm–4.30pm
For all matters relating to family law, domestic violence, sexual assaults
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