Cowra Interagency Directory

A one-page directory of all agencies - government, not-for-profit, voluntary - servicing the Cowra community.

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You may select one of the above letters of the alphabet to take you straight to the listing OR Select an organisation from the list on the left hand side panel.

  Home | About | Contact Us | During the COVID-19 pandemic, services may be delivered differently. All details below.   Last Modified: 11 May 2020
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Adult Survivors of Child Abuse - Cowra Support Group Valid as at: 08.04.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic Adult survivors of child abuse can no longer meet once a month to share strategies to enjoy a better life. However support is still available by phone or on the web. See contact details. Many survivors are currently overwhelmed by the situation. Resources are available on demand including strategies and fact sheets.
It is not about counselling. It is about getting support from a facilitator with a similar background and a great understanding of the hurdles in the way of recovery from child abuse.
Address: Cowra
Mobile: 0458 698 460
Web: recover.itmatters.com.au
Australian Government Department of Human Services Valid as at: 08.04.2020
Centrelink is part of the Department of Human Services. We deliver social security payments and services to Australians. During the COVID-19 pandemic access the services online via: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/
Address: Cowra Service Centre: 93-95 Brisbane St Cowra NSW 2794
Web: Access to services via: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au
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BaptistCare Central West Valid as at: 04.05.2020
BaptistCare is one of Australia’s most respected not-for-profit providers of aged care services. For 75 years we have been supporting thousands of people every day to live their best life at home. Our Well-Living approach is focused on supporting people to live active, healthy and independent lives at home. From basic services through to high level clinical, dementia and palliative care, we have a wide range of services available including access to home maintenance, social clubs, allied health, clinical care and dementia consultancy. To learn more about the wide range of services and how BaptistCare can assist you, please call one of our friendly aged care experts on 1300 275 227 or visit baptistcare.org.au. We are happy to arrange a complimentary, no obligation visit to discuss your needs. Home Care packages(personal care, medication, domestic assistance, shopping, transport, assistance with medications, respite, allied health, gardening, minor home modifications), Commonwealth Home Support Program: Social Club & Individual Social Support (in-home); Private Services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, office hours of BaptistCare Central West are 9am-2pm Monday-Friday.
Address: 3/119 Kendal St, Cowra
Phone: 02 5317 5000; 1300 275 227
Web: baptistcare.org.au
Brighter Futures Valid as at: 17.04.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the office building is closed but the services of Brighter Futures are still available. Please use the listed contact details. Brighter Futures works with families with young children, to build on things that are going well and address things that are not going so well. We support all types of families facing all kinds of challenges. Brighter Futures is a voluntary program - this means that while families must be referred to us, it is up to them whether or not they take part and they choose when they leave the program. Families can 'self-refer' to Brighter Futures or are referred by Family and Community Services, a community organisation, or an individual like a GP or child care worker. Family and Community Services pays for the program and screens all referrals for eligibility.

Depending on where clients live, services may include:
  • Someone to talk to about what's happening in the family and any things they may want support with
  • Parenting programs to support the parent/s to develop new skills and be the kind of parent/s they want to be
  • Home visiting to provide support to work on the things of concern to the family
  • Access to child care to encourage child's development
  • Support to access other services the child/children or family might need like counselling, speech therapy or health needs
Address: 126 Bentick Street, Bathurst NSW 2795
Phone: 02 63289000
Mobile: 0407479873
Support Line: 1800 236 762
Web: www.benevolent.org.au
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Carer Program - Western NSW Local Health District Valid as at: 17.04.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the same services are provided. The Carer Program aims to improve the Local Health Districts responsiveness to the needs of carers of patients accessing health services. The Carer Support Program can provide carers with information, resources and referrals to local services currently available for support.
Mobile: 0428 866 205
Phone: 02 6378 6280
Email: antonia.hynes@health.nsw.gov.au
Centacare - Cowra Aboriginal Family Strengthening Service Valid as at: 04.05.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the office is closed but we are supporting families via phone and offering Activity Packs for our client families with books and activities in them. We will be running groups again and doing home visits as soon as possible.

Our regular activities include:
  • Information and referral
  • Case management
  • Group based activities (open to all the community) e.g. Parenting groups - Circle of Security, Keeping Children Safe, Triple P, Anger Management
  • Early literacy and numeracy support
  • Community Workshops
  • Community events
  • Transition to school support
Address: Erambie Outreach Centre (behind Yalbillinga Day Care Centre) Erambie, West Cowra; Mondays and Tuesdays 9am - 5pm
Mobile: 0418 366 855
Postal Address: PO Box 497, Cowra NSW 2794
Email: jan@centacarebathurst.com.au
Central West Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Valid as at: 08.04.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Housing Plus remains open for business: Homelessness Services, Domestic Violence Services etc. See all details here.
Usual services are: Women specific service funded to provide information, advocacy and support to women and children accessing the court system for protection from domestic violence. Services provided before a court appearance include:
  • Information about the court process, AVO conditions and any other relevant matters
  • Practical information such as how to find the court, where to go once a client arrives at court etc
  • Liaise with Police, Solicitors, Court Staff and other support workers on a client's behalf
  • Advocate on a client's behalf
  • Refer clients to appropriate services
Address: 113 Byng Street, Orange NSW 2800
Mobile: Safety Action Meeting Coordinator, Penny Watt: 0459359304 for Housing Plus Domestic Violence Services
Phone: 1300 384 357
Web: www.housingplus.com.au
Email: pennyw@housingplus.com.au
Cowra Community Chest Valid as at: 17.04.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cowra Community Chest provides the same services : financial support for residents of the Cowra Shire who are in a health related situation.
Address: Shop 7, Piccadilly Arcade, Cowra
Postal Address: PO Box 208, Cowra NSW 2794
Email: ccchest7@gmail.com
Cowra/Grenfell Meals on Wheels Valid as at: 17.04.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cowra/Grenfell Meals on Wheels provides the same services. We provide meals services to clients throughout the Cowra and Weddin Shires.
Web: www.cowragrenfellmow.org.au
Email: manager@cowragrenfellmow.org.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cowragrenfellmow
Cowra: 14 Vaux Street, Cowra
Phone: 02 6342 4165
Grenfell: 14 Short street, Grenfell
Phone: 02 6343 2233
Cowra Information & Neighbourhood Centre Valid as at: 08.04.2020
The Cowra Information & Neighbourhood Centre take on the vital task of connecting the whole community. We pride ourselves that we are for everyone and stand behind our diversity. We are the community anchor that breaks the cycle.
CINC offers a vast array of services – this ensures there is something for everyone. We are very much a one stop shop, and if we cannot deliver the service you are after we will endeavor to make the connection for you. Our programs include Community Engagement, Home Modifications & Maintenance Services, Family Support Service, Youth Connect and Grenfell Outreach Services.
During the CODIV-19 pandemic, CINC’s buildings are closed until further notice, which also means that any other visiting services that would normally attend CINC are no longer available face to face. All CINC services are still available, and we encourage anyone needing assistance to please call us on 6340 1100. Monday – Friday sees our partnerships with Coles Second Bites, Cowra Hotbake and Woolworths provide essential food items to the community which are being placed out front for you to collect. Please adhere to the signage around stating you are required to be 1.5 meters from others as you collect. We are doing our best to stay engaged with you through phone, email, zoom meetings and more. Please reach out even if it is for a chat, we are here to stay connected with you during these challenging times.
Address: Vaux Street, Cowra
Phone: 02 6340 1100
Cowra Shire Council Valid as at: 08.04.2020
The Cowra Shire Council has created a web page to keep residents up-to-date with the status of Council services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The page includes a full listing of Council services and advice on whether they are open or operating at this time. Access it here.
Address: 116 Kendal Street, Cowra
Phone: 02 6340 2000
Web: Current Council Services
Cowra Special Needs Services Inc Valid as at: 01.05.2020
Cowra Special Needs Services Inc is a:
  • NDIS Registered provider for various supports aligned to participant plan and goals - for ages 0-64.
  • Aged Care Service - providing Social Support for people over 65 who have been referred through My Aged Care.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the same services are provided.
Address: Ina Drive, Cowra
Phone: 02 6341 3575 or 02 6341 3574
Web: www.cowraspecialneeds.org.au
Email: info@cowraspecialneeds.org.au
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Department of Communities and Justice, Housing Valid as at: 01.05.2020
Public Housing assistance, Help with establishing a private rental tenancy, Homelessness services. During the CODIV-19 pandemic, attendance to the office is by appointment only.
Address: 43 Macquarie St, Cowra NSW 2794
Phone: 02 6332 7760
Web: www.facs.nsw.gov.au
Disability Advocacy NSW Valid as at: 04.05.2020
DA helps people of all ages with any type of disability or mental illness get fair treatment. Our Central west office provides service to Bathurst, Orange, Cowra, Parkes and Mudgee.
An advocate can provide individual advocacy and help get fair treatment: from government departments, disability services, other services and businesses, at work,university, school or TAFE, with accommodation, transport and access, with legal, healthcare or money issues; and with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the Disability Royal Commission.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, DA NSW has suspended face-to-face service delivery. DA NSW continues to deliver advocacy support services to clients across all our funded regions. Our staff are now working remotely, and we are available via phone and email and through our website.
Phone: 02 6332 2100
Web: www.da.org.au
Email: centralwest@da.org.au
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Hearing Australia Valid as at: 08.04.2020
Hearing Australia is a Government agency and is dedicated to helping people manage their hearing needs. We provide hearing assessments, rehabilitation (fitting hearing aids and alternative listening devices) and communication Training. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still open to help with your hearing aid Batteries, Cleaning of your device, Repairs or Spare parts of your hearing aid, Maintenance, Replacement Ear Pieces. Check services here.
Phone: 02 6393 0500
Web: hearing.com.au
Email: orange@hearing.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AustralianHearing
Home-Start Cowra, Canowindra & Weddin Valid as at: 06.05.2020
Home-Start Cowra, Canowindra & Weddin provides support to families with a child/ren under 8 years, living in Cowra, Canowindra or the Weddin Shire. Home-Start CCW provides professional home visiting, informal support groups, parent education and information, early literacy activities and events, child centred activities, community education and events, supported referrals and advocacy. Home-Start CCW is free and all enquiries are welcome. During the COVID-19 pandemic, home and office visits are limited. They are individually assessed, based on need & current health of the individuals/ family. All groups have been postponed until further notice.
Address: 96-98 Kendall St, Cowra
Mobile: 0428 450 399
Phone: 02 6342 6887
Web: www.homestartaustralia.org
Email: cowra@homestartaustralia.org
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Legal Aid NSW Valid as at: 17.04.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Legal Aid NSW is continuing to provide services to our clients and the general public. Our services and ways of operation are all listed below. Legal Aid NSW’s focus is to seek to resolve issues as early as possible, trying to help clients avoid the need for litigation.

Free and confidential face-to-face legal advice, and in some cases Court appearances on most legal issues, including:
  • Criminal law – people facing criminal charges and ADVOs
  • Family Law (issues arising from family breakdown (especially matters involving children), domestic and family violence and child support)
  • Civil Law (everyday problems including employment, fines, social security and other government benefits, tenancy and housing, consumer issues - credit, debt and mortgage matters, discrimination, debts from car accidents, mental health and guardianship.)
A free legal advice clinic is held at Cowra Local Court every Monday. Call the Cowra Courthouse on 02 6342 1933 to book an appointment. Check Cowra Services here.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we operate as follows: People can make a phone appointment to obtain Crime, Family and Civil Law advice by phoning the Cowra Courthouse.
For people charged with criminal offences, Legal Aid NSW will not be providing face-to-face advice or representation if not in custody, however we will assist by phone. Before attending a court, please contact the court directly. You can also contact the Courts Service Centre on 1300 679 272 or email wcsc@justice.nsw.gov.au for more information about Local and District Court matters.
Address: 4/95 Byng St, Orange
Phone: 02 6342 1933 (Cowra Courthouse)
1300 888 529
02 6362 8022 (Orange Legal Aid)
Fax: 02 6361 3983
Web: www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au
Email: grants.orange.civil@legalaid.nsw.gov.au
LiveBetter - Family Connections Valid as at: 08.04.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic we are definitely OPEN and available 5 days: Monday – Thursday 08:30-16:30; Friday 10am-1pm. The focus of the program is to provide families with support and assist in connecting them with services and programs that can assist.
Services we offer:
  • One on one family support
  • Parenting program: Tuning into Kids (next intake will be term 3 and accessed online)
  • Online new parents groups for Cowra and Young areas
  • Weekly phone-ins (a service where we just call once a week (can be more if needed) to check in with families, see how they are coping, if there are any referrals or information they require; and just to keep an eye on their well being and offer any suggestions and help
  • Craft/activity packs and competitions for the kids and families during COVID-19
Our service can be accessed by anyone. Our only criteria is that the family has a child 12years or under. Referrals etc can be made by schools, professionals and/or by the family themselves.
Mobile: Kim Henry, Co-ordinator: 0418 115 383
Lauren Davies, Support Worker: 0428610747
Facebook: LiveBetter - Family Connections Facebook page
Email: Kim.Henry@livebetter.org.au
Lauren.davies@livebetter.org.au
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Mission Australia - Early Childhood Early Intervention Valid as at: 11.05.2020
In partnership with the NDIA for Cowra and surrounds, we support children under the age of 6 with a disability or developmental delay to access services and supports to enable them to reach their full potential. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the same services are provided.
Address: 87 Brisbane St,Cowra
Phone: 1800 932 118
Mobile: 0490 889 395
Email: michelle.whitty@ndis.gov.au
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Salvation Army Valid as at: 30.04.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the op-shop is closed and our church services and other group activities are not running. However we are still here for you.
  • 'Church in a bag': We deliver sermon and services every Sunday morning to our congregation.
  • 'Home League in a bag': We also deliver to our Home League team.
  • Our Emergency assistance team is still available on 1300 371 288. Call for an assessment.
Address: 1 Macquarie St, Cowra
Phone: 02 6341 1313
Web: salvos.org.au
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Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation – Community & Family Support Valid as at: 04.05.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we provide the same services: Holistic approach to persons with Drug & Alcohol misuse in the community.
Phone: 02 6345 1868
Email: weigellicentre@bigpond.com
Web: www.weigelli.com.au
Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation – Residential Rehabilitation program Valid as at: 04.05.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we provide the same services: Rehabilitation from Drug and Alcohol Misuse.
Phone: 02 6345 1868
Email: weigellicentre@bigpond.com
Web: www.weigelli.com.au
Well Being Nurse Kendal Street Medical Service Valid as at: 04.05.2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Well Being nurse is still available to help at the Kendal Street Medical Service: Well Being Nurse working with trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, all ages, some family dysfunction and relationship issues, self-harm, suicide. Working with person and their family. Also domestic violence /abuse. Review and discussion with possible referral on for psychology or appropriate service.
Address: 165-169 Kendal Street, Cowra
Phone: 02 6341 1400 to make an appointment with a GP to get a referral to the Well Being nurse
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