Jess Ward, Carinity Shalom

"It's so peaceful here, so friendly, and you feel so safe."

Centrelink Agent

We are the Centrelink Agent for Boonah and surrounds. We can accept claim forms and documentation, certify identity documents, respond to customer enquiries and provide assistance and referrals. We also have a telephone, internet-enabled computer and printer for client use. Our staff are not employed by Centrelink or Medicare which means they cannot make any payments or decisions about payment or issue electronic benefits.

Our staff are happy to assist you in your needs but if you are looking for specific forms or information, please visit Department of Human Service (link: www.humanservices.gov.au)

No Interest Loan Scheme

If you are receiving support from Centrelink or are on a low income ($45,000 for singles, $60,000 for couples) and live in the Scenic Rim, we can assist you with a small interest-free loan up to $1200. Loans can be used for purchasing significant household items such as furniture, white goods or computer equipment as well as medical and dental costs, vehicle registration and car repairs.

We assess things such as living in current accommodation for at least six months, having the capacity to repay the loan and a willingness to undertake budgeting courses at the community centre.

Each application is assessed on individual needs. Please do not hesitate to speak to our staff about your eligibility.

Community Connectors

If you’re living in the Scenic Rim and feeling isolated, we are here to help you find groups, activities and services to help you engage with your local community. Your health professional may refer you to us or you can contact us yourself. We are happy to facilitate connecting you to groups in the community and understanding what sort of support you need. Whether it’s a Men’s Shed or an exercise class or mental health support, we can connect you with the right people.

Braking the Cycle

In conjunction with the PCYC, we support young people in completing their 100 hours of supervised driving experience so they can obtain their provisional license. If you’re struggling to get the hours due to a lack of vehicle or access to a licensed driver or instructor, we can help you.

If you’re interested in assisting young people obtain their license, we’re always looking for volunteers. We provide ongoing training for this process.

Community Outreach

We hold a weekly free barbecue every Friday from 11am. We also host many other community groups that run program such as exercise, support groups and more.

Volunteer

Want to get involved in your local community? Want to make a real difference in the lives of others? Want to meet new friends and benefit from new experiences?

Volunteering is a meaningful way to support your community and give back. Our volunteers make a positive difference in the lives of so many people, inspiring hope through their dedication and generosity of providing practical and social assistance.

Consider joining us at Carinity as a volunteer and be part of the change today.

Whatever your passion, we’d love you to share it with our Carinity communities.

Enquire today, contact Kathy van der Meulen, kathy.vandermeulen@carinity.org.au