Young People

1st Portland Scout Group
16 Cullen Street Portland 2847
Tel: 0401 522 058
Email: mandy@wigginsclan.net
Contact: Leader in Charge, Mandy Wiggins
Meetings: Joeys Mondays 5pm-6pm;, Cubs Mondays 5pm-6.30pm; Scouts and Venturers Monday 6.45pm-8.45pm
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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.
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
Email: office@lithgowbaptist.org.au
Web: www.lithgowbaptist.org.au
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
Email: joannemartin3@bigpond.com
Tel: 6379 1236; Mob: 0427 791 236
Contact: Cheryl Rutherford – Unit Leader
Email: chez58@hotmail.com
Tel: 6352 2188; Mob: 0415 951 380
Contact: Frances Laurenson – Unit Leader
Email: frances.laurenson@gmail.com
Tel: 0469 838 576
State Contact: guides@girlguides-nswact.org.au
Tel: (02) 8396 5200
Web:  www.girlguides-nswact.org.au

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
Email: portlandgirlguidesnsw@gmail.com
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

headspace Lithgow
23 Main Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6351 7600
Email: hs.lithgow@marathonhealth.com.au
Web: https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/lithgow/
headspace Lithgow offers young people aged 12-25 a welcoming environment where they can access free and confidential mental health support, health advice, and general information. We are a team of friendly workers who specialise in youth wellbeing. We can discuss and help with any issues from mental health, sexual health and contraception, education support, to drug and alcohol counselling. headspace Lithgow services are available at no cost.

Hoskins Youth Group
Uniting Church Parish Centre
43 Bridge St, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6351 3134
Mobile: 0488 200 818
Operating Hours: 4- 6pm Thursdays
Email: lithgowuc@gmail.com
Contact: Joshua Bleyerveen
Office hours: 9.30am to 12.30pm Tues, 9:30am-2:30pm Wed to Friday. Closed Mondays.
Hoskins Youth group is for children in School Years 7-12. School terms only.

Legal Aid NSW Youth HotLine (under 18s)
Web: www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au
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
St Patrick’s Church
Presbytery Tel: 6351 3092
Email: office.lithgow@cdob.org.au
Contact: Fr Garry McKeown

Young Adults – Wine, Cheese & Discussion Group with Hoskins
Venue TBC
Tel: 6351 3134
Mobile: 0488 200 818
Operating Hours: 7-8:30pm Sunday fortnightly
Email: lithgowuc@gmail.com
Contact: Joshua Bleyerveen
Office hours: 9.30am to 12.30pm Tues, 9:30am-2:30pm Wed to Friday. Closed Mondays.

Informal discussion for young adults over a glass of wine & cheese
Youth Group
Uniting Church Parish Centre, 43 Bridge Street
Tel: 6351 3134
School Terms Thursdays 4pm – 6pm
Email: lithgowuc@westnet.com.au
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
Email: youthworx@lcpinc.org
Web: www.lcpinc.org
Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
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Volunteering

Lithgow Health Consumers Working Group
Meetings held at Lithgow Hospital
Tel: (02) 4708 8100
Email: engagement@nbmphn.com.au
Web: www.nbmphn.com.au/localcommunity
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
Email: linc@linc.org.au
Web: www.linc.org.au
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
Email: lithgowuc@westnet.com.au
Hours: 10.00 am-1.00pm Monday to Friday
Contact: Lorna Fitzpatrick
Provides volunteer support and friendship to residents in local aged care homes.

Volunteer Engagement and Management Program
The Neighbourhood Centre Bathurst
96 Russell Street, Bathurst 2795
Tel: 6332 4866
Email: vmp@binc.org.au; voltraining@binc.org.au
Web: www.binc.org.au
Contact: Rebecca or Karin
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Hours: 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Veterans

Department of Veteran Affairs
Tel: 1800 555 254
Email: generalenquiries@dva.gov.au
Web: www.dva.gov.au
Hours: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
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Legacy – Lithgow Division
50 Main Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6353 1091
Email: tlewis@sydney-legacy.com.au
Hours: 9am to 3pm Tuesday to Thursday
Contact: Tracey Lewis
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Supporting our Veterans families

Veterans’ Advocacy Service
Legal Aid NSW
Tel: 9219 5148 (reverse charges accepted)
Email: veterans@legalaid.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au
Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
Advice sessions conducted in regional areas.

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
Tel: 1800 011 046
Email: OPENARMSNSWACT@dva.gov.au
Web: https://www.dva.gov.au/
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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GLBTI

All Sorts: by headspace Lithgow
23 Main Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6351 7600
Email: hs.lithgow@marathonhealth.com.au
All Sorts is an all-inclusive group for young people who identify as LGBTIQA+ or are questioning their gender and sexuality.  Stop by and spend time in a safe space where you can get to know your community through games, workshops, and social events.

Twenty 10 incorporating GLCS NSW
Tel: (02) 8594 9555
Email:info@twenty10.org.au
Web:  www.twenty10.org.au
Hours: 9.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
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QLife LGBTI Counselling Line: daily 3.00pm – 12.00am | Phone: 1800 184 527 or web chat: www.qlife.org.au

Rainbow Lithgow
Tel: 0425 777 338
Contact: Ali
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Funeral Directors & Monuments

Hard Rock Memorials
12 Blaxland Street, Wallerawang 2845
Tel: (02) 63557747
Mobile: 0429 942 454
Email: hardrockmemorials@hotmail.com
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
Web: www.kerrylinegarfunerals.com.au
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
Web: www.familyfirst.com.au
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;
Web: www.humanservices.gov.au/fis

No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)
Mary MacKillop Today
Room 5/2 Roy Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 0413 243 117 or 02 6331 2010
Email: lithgow@marymackilloptoday.org.au
Contact: Sophie Tinning
Hours: Hours: 9am till 3pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Providing interest and fee free loans for low income earners and Centrelink recipients to purchase essential items and services.

Reliance Credit Union
124 Main St
Tel: 6350 3102
Call Centre:  13 24 40
Email: lithgow@mmpcu.com.au
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
Email: lithgow.corps@aue.salvationarmy.org
Hours: 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Welfare Assistance 10am-12pm Tuesday & Thursday
Contact: Theresa Pilla

StepUp Loan
Mary MacKillop Today
Room 5/2 Roy Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 0413 243 117 or 02 6331 2010
Email: lithgow@marymackilloptoday.org.au
Contact: Sophie Tinning
Hours: Hours: 9am till 3pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
A low interest loan for people on low incomes who have difficulty accessing credit from a bank.

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
Web: www.breastfeeding.asn.au
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
Email: lydia@linc.org.au
Web:  https://linc.org.au/
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Supporting families by facilitating supported playgroups, parent programs, information and referrals.

Child Support
Tel: 131 107
Web: www.humanservices.gov.au
Automated Child Support information service 24/7
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Department of Communities & Justice
109 Main Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6354 0800
Email: Community Services admin.lithgowcsc@facs.nsw.gov.au
FACS facsinfo@facs.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.facs.nsw.gov.au
Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday

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 Referral Service
1 Padley Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6352 7113; 0429 403 169
Intake Line: 1300 006 480
Contact: Angie Collins
Email: Angie.Collins@benevolent.org.au
Web: www.benevolent.org.au

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
Web: www.familyrelationships.gov.au
Hours: 8am-8pm Monday-Friday; 10am-4pm Saturday except public holidays.

LINC Multicultural Worker
Tel: 6354 5910
Email: xanthe@linc.org.au
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, Lithgow2790
Mobile: 0409 765 601
Email: nannastouch02@gmail.com
Web:https://sites.google.com/site/lithgownannastouch/
Web:https://sites.google.com/view/lithgowsaccessiblelifestyle/
Contact: Sue Murdock
Hours: 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday
Meeting Times: 10am – 2pm Tuesday – Sewing; 10am – 2pm Thursday – Community Connections
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Help for anyone within the community needing a social connection, guidance, and assistance, providing support network connections, creative crafts, sewing, and more, in an all-inclusive environment.
Fees and bookings apply

NSW Rape Crisis
Tel: 1800 424 017
Web: www.nswrapecrisis.com.au
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
Web: www.parentline.org.au
Hours: 9am-9pm Monday-Friday; 4pm-9pm weekends.

Poison Information Centre
Tel: 13 11 26  24 hours, 7 days
Web: www.poisonsinfo.nsw.gov.au 

Red Nose
Tel: 1300 996 698
24hr Bereavement Support Line 1300 308 307
Web: https://rednose.org.au/
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
Email: info@thriveservices.org.au
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
Web: www.weightwatchers.com.au
Meetings: Red Cross Hall 5.30pm Wednesday

Domestic Violence

Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS)
Tel: 1800 688 009
Email: mail@childabuseprevention.com.au
Web: www.childabuseprevention.com.au
Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday closed on public holidays.
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Domestic Violence Legal Advice Line
Tel: 1800 810 784
Web: www.wlsnsw.org.au
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
Email: lwccc@lcpinc.org
Web: www.lcpinc.org
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
Web:  www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au
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
Web: www.wlsnsw.asn.au
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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Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities

Citizenship Ceremonies 
Tel: 6354 9999
Contact: Lithgow City Council

English Language Classes
TAFE NSW – Lithgow Campus, 2 Hill Street
Tel: 6352 0444 or 6352 0431 Course Info Hotline: 13 16 01
Email: frank.thorvaldsson@tafensw.edu.au
Web: www.tafensw.edu.au
Contact: Frank Thorvaldsson
Office hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Literacy & Numeracy Courses
TAFE NSW – Lithgow Campus, 2 Hill Street
Tel: 6352 0444 or 6352 0431 Course Info Hotline: 13 16 01
Email: frank.thorvaldsson@tafensw.edu.au
Web: www.tafensw.edu.au
Contact: Frank Thorvaldsson
Office hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Lithgow Refugee Community Group
Tel: 0456 560 015
Email: debbie@craigrayner.com
Contact: Deb Rayner
Meetings 4:30 on the 3rd Friday of the month in Lithgow Library study room

Migrant Support Worker
The Neighbourhood Centre
96 Russell Street, Bathurst 2795
PO Box 1469
Tel: 6332 4866
Mobile: 0407 459 488
Email: migrantsupport@binc.org.au
Web: www.binc.org.au
Hours: Hours: 9 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Thursday
Contact: Jackie Lanigan, Migrant Support Worker

Multicultural Family Worker

Lithgow Information & Neighbourhood Centre Limited (LINC)
1 Padley St, Lithgow
Tel: 6354 5910
Contact: Leanne

Multicultural Funday Monday
1 Padley St
Tel: 6354 5910
Contact: Xanthe
The group meets monthly on Mondays at 1pm-3pm to share stories & activities.

Multicultural Problem Gambling Service for NSW
Tel: 9912 3850 Clinical Consultation & Assessment Service 1800 856 800
Email: WSLHD-MPGS@health.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.dhi.health.nsw.gov.au
Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm Monday- Friday. After hours contact the Gambling Help Line on 1800 858 858

NSW Adult Migrant Service (AMES)
Tel:  9942 0240
Email: info@ames.edu.au
Web: www.ames.edu.au
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/NSWAMES
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National)
Tel: 131 450 immediate phone interpreting
Email: tispromo@border.gov.au
Web: www.tisnational.gov.au  
Hours: 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
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