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Employment and Volunteering

Employment and Volunteering

Employment and Volunteering

There are a number of organisations in the Nepean Blue Mountains that provide employment and volunteering services for people with mental illness. Aimed at supporting people into employment and volunteering roles and finding the appropriate work for jobseekers, the major services include:

  • Specialist Job Seeking Assistance
  • Employment Hubs
  • Disability Employment Services
  • Job Network providers
  • Transition to work programs
  • On-the-job training
  • Placement support
  • Interview and presentation skill development
  • Resume assistance 
  • Case Management

Local Areas
Lithgow

Ability Options Employment

Ability Options provides a variety of services which focus on giving people control over their lives and supporting them to make a meaningful contribution to society. Ability Options provides a variety of services across NSW including:

  • Housing and accommodation
  • Community access
  • Individualised funding services
  • Employment services
  • Transition to work
  • Case management

Ability Options are found in 3 centres throughout the Nepean Blue Mountains listed below:

Penrith
Unit 3/30 Woodriff St, Penrith NSW 2750 - (02) 4722 5966

Windsor
Shop 9, 188-192 George Street, Windsor NSW 2756 - (02) 4587 7877

Katoomba
29 Parke St, Katoomba NSW 2780 - 1300 422 454

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Call 1300 422 454

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Aboriginal Employment Strategy

The Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) is a 100% Indigenous managed, national, not-for-profit recruitment company. Since 1997 the AES has transformed over 12,000 lives through providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with career opportunities. They achieve this through the following Key Business Drivers:

  • Recruitment Services
  • Traineeship Services
  • Business Development

The AES is seen as an innovator and leader in Aboriginal employment and training.

Address
Suite 3, 295 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750

Eligibility
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders who are seeking employment opportunities

Email
info@aes.org.au

Local Areas
Penrith

Postal Address
PO Box 1314, Penrith NSW 2751

Call (02) 9852 2700

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Break Thru Nepean Hub

Break Thru is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides high quality person-centric programs to address mental health, employment, disability, homelessness and training needs. They provide a range of services and packages in which experiences and supports are targeted to best suit the needs of consumers. Every day Break Thru provides tailored and innovative experience for people with disability, mental health, employment and training support needs.

Address
Suite 1, 31-33 Lawson St, Penrith NSW 2750

Local Areas
Penrith

Call (02) 4761 1600

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Cana Farm

Cana Farm provides opportunities for marginalised people to mix with the wider community and gain valuable training and work experience. More importantly, it gives people a sense of belonging and community. Cana Farm offers training in hospitality, horticulture, carpentry and other trades by partnering with Western Sydney TAFE.

Address
100 Kingswood Road, Orchard Hills NSW 2748

Hours of Operation
Cafe Cana is open Tue-Thurs 10:00am-2:00pm, and on occasional Sundays as part of the farm markets.

Local Areas
Penrith

Referral
Visit the website to register your interest in volunteering with Cana Farm.

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Centrelink Katoomba

Centrelink Katoomba is a Job Capacity Assessment Provider that assesses people's capacity to work and take part in other activities. This helps people receive the most appropriate income support program, identify suitable services, to help overcome barriers or problems that may be preventing people from finding or keeping a job.

Address
33-35 Waratah St, Katoomba NSW 2780

Local Areas
Blue Mountains

Call 1800 050 004

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The Centre for Volunteering

The peak body in NSW promoting and supporting volunteering and community participation. It is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered training organisation that operates a number of services including:

  • Volunteer referral service
  • Advice
  • Accredited and professional development training
  • Volunteer management consulting
  • Engaging individuals through community involvement and volunteering activities
  • Corporate volunteering
  • Research and policy development and
  • The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards

Address
Level 3, 40 Gloucester St, The Rocks NSW 2000

Target Audience
Volunteers

Email
info@volunteering.com.au

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 10:00am–4:00pm

Referral
Volunteer Referral Service hours Mon-Fri 10:00am–3:30pm.

Call (02) 9261 3600

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JobAccess

JobAccess is the national hub for all things disability employment. JobAccess provides information on financial support, workplace modifications, help with finding and changing jobs, creating flexible work environments, links to career advice and training courses, connecting with employers, providers and peak bodies and a range of other tools and resources for people with disability, employers and service providers.

Target Audience
People with a disability, employers and service providers.

Postal Address
PO Box 1764, Osborne Park DC WA 6916

Call 1800 464 800

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Jobquest

Jobquest provides options for job seekers to explore and make plans about the future for school leavers, students, the unemployment, people returning to the workforce and looking for opportunities to improve skills through volunteering.

Address
Suite 101, 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith NSW 2750

Local Areas
Penrith

Postal Address
PO Box 58, Penrith NSW 2751

Call (02) 4731 4400

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Mission Providence

Mission Providence is a leading provider of services that empower people to find lasting employment and realise their potential. They work together with government, employers, partners and job seekers to help people create better futures for themselves, their families and the communities in which they live.

Address
580 High St, Penrith NSW 2750

Local Areas
Penrith

Call (02) 4726 3000

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MTC Australia

MTC Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that helps people to gain employment, skills training, work experience and self-confidence. It is an integrated service provider that offers support through employment services, youth programs and community initiatives. MTC Australia delivers quality services to anyone at risk of social and economic exclusion with a focus on empowering and encouraging disadvantaged Australians.

Address
582-584 High St, Penrith NSW 2750

Local Areas
Penrith

Call (02) 4728 5800

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Northcott Disability Services

Northcott is a not-for-profit disability support provider that helps people with disabilities, the families and carers. Along with providing a number of services such as accommodation, respite and family support, Northcott can help people with disabilities find a full time or part time job to earn their own money. Based on an individual's skills, abilities and interests, they will be matched to a company looking to fill a vacant position, matching their skills to the requirements of the job. Northcott provides:

  • Interview and presentation skills development
  • Resume assistance
  • On-the-job training and support
  • Provide ongoing support within the workplace to make sure their clients are looked after and have the equipment and technology they need

There are two offices in Penrith.

Address
30 Belmore St, Penrith NSW 2750
Suite 8 & 9, 810 Castlereagh St, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
Children and adults with physical, intellectual and rare or lesser known disabilities and their families and carers.

Email
penrith@northcott.com.au

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Penrith

Call 1800 818 286

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Nova Employment and Training

Nova Employment is a Disability Employment Service (DES) that provides a supported employment program that offers specialist job seeking assistance and placement support. Nova is an 'open employment' program that finds work for jobseekers in the general community with the same working conditions as people who do not have a disability.

Penrith
20 Soper Place, Penrith NSW 2750 - (02) 4721 3335

Richmond
24 Bosworth St, Richmond NSW 2753 - (02) 4570 3300

Windsor
66 Mileham St, South Windsor NSW 2756 - (02) 4571 6600

Katoomba
Shops 3 and 4, 23-27 Cascade St, Katoomba NSW 2780 - (02) 4780 6600

Springwood
Shop 7, 127 Macquarie St, Springwood NSW 2777 - (02) 4752 3000

Target Audience
Jobseekers seeking the same working conditions as people who do not have disability.

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith

Call (02) 8886 5800

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OCTEC Ltd

OCTEC is a specialist Disability Employment Service provider operating in regional NSW and Western and South West Sydney. Their Career Consultants support people with disabilities to identify and overcome barriers to employment, find suitable vacancies, undertake cold canvassing for positions, negotiate workplace modifications where needed, and maintain their employment when workplace or personal difficulties arise. It focuses on helping people find and maintain meaningful employment as well as help employers recruit and develop skilled workforces. For job seekers this includes:

  • Skills assessment
  • Resume development
  • Job search training
  • Cold canvassing
  • Interview preparation
  • Work experience coordination
  • Mentoring
  • Providing post placement support

Address
1 Castlereagh St, Penrith NSW 2750

Local Areas
Penrith

Call (02) 4732 1891

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The ORS Group

The ORS Group provides a one-stop centre for employment and workplace needs. This centre connects employees to employment opportunities as well as those who are struggling or have been injured at work. They provide training to help individuals improve their skills and knowledge and work with employers to create safe, supportive and productive workplaces.

Address
Suite 7, 308 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750

Email
ors@orsgroup.com.au

Local Areas
Penrith

Call (02) 4748 9390

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Sarina Russo Job Access

Sarina Russo offers a comprehensive range of recruitment and training services to employers and jobseekers. It is essentially a recruitment service for jobseekers and employers specialised in finding work for long-term unemployed, parents, people with a disability and the mature aged. They are a Disability Employment Service that supports people with a physical or mental health disability into work. Sarino Russo have a number of offices in the Nepean Blue Mountains Region:

Penrith
Shop 3, 570 High St, Penrith NSW 2750

Katoomba
1/120 Bathurst Road, Katoomba NSW 2780

Richmond
139 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW 2753

Lithgow
Shop 1, 33 Eskbank Street, Lithgow NSW 2790

Target Audience
People with a physical or mental health disability

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Call 13 15 59

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Thorndale Foundation

Thorndale Foundation is a not for profit organisation that operates a range of support services including: supported accommodation, day programs and supported employment for adults with disability.

Address
47-49 Rance Road, Werrington NSW 2747

Email
info@thorndale.com.au

Local Areas
Penrith

Postal Address
PO Box 122, St Marys NSW 1790

Call (02) 9912 7800

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WISE Employment

WISE Employment is a not-for-profit organisation with a professional, integrated approach to finding the right job for jobseekers and the right staff for employers. WISE Employment is a leading job network provider providing resume and employment solutions.

Penrith
580 High St, Penrith NSW 2750 - (02) 4721 8100

Katoomba
Shops 6 & 7, Level 1, 197 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780 - (02) 4780 6500

Springwood
Springwood Neighbourhood Centre, 3/163 Macquarie Road, Springwood NSW 2777

Windsor
171-173 George Street, Windsor NSW 2756 - (02) 4587 7399

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith

Postal Address
PO Box 1398, Penrith NSW 2751

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yourtown

yourtown, formerly Boystown, in St Marys partners with government agencies, businesses and organisations to offer personalised attention to young people who need skills, training and employment to create brighter futures. They can assess your skills, help develop a practical plan for your job search, and offer specialist support services to help you resolve any non-vocational barriers to work.

Address
3 Warrior Place, St Marys NSW 2760

Target Audience
Children, young people and families

Email
blacktown@yourtown.com.au

Local Areas
Penrith

Referral
No referral required

Call (02) 9673 0221

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