Category Archives: Community-Councils, Chambers, Disability, Employment and Not-For Profit

Pearl Home Care Newcastle and Hunter

Pearl Home Care Newcastle and Hunter is an Approved Home Care Package and Registered NDIS Provider in the Newcastle and Hunter Region providing professional and affordable in-home aged and disability care. We service consumers with Home Care Packages and NDIS packages.

Pearl Home Care Newcastle and Hunter is a jointly owned and operated partnership by Therese and Saj Kuriakose, with Sani and Faizal Ismail. We are all Registered Nurses and have lived in the area for several years, working across many of the Newcastle and Hunter Health care sectors.  The services provided by Pearl Hunter Home Care are tailored to meet the clients and their families needs and expectations. We are committed to providing a high-quality standard of care for all our clients in a friendly and supportive environment.

As Registered Nurses, we have a passion for providing optimal nursing care and believe that we can provide clients with the services they need to be able to live a fulfilling and happy life in the comfort of their own home. We work collectively with clients and their family members to ensure their needs are met, relieving the stress and providing the reassurance that they are being well cared for in their own home environment.

Our Philosophy is to provide world-class senior care at home, so that elderly Australians can stay living in their own homes and age with independence, dignity and ease.

The services we provide include In-home Nursing care, In-home disability Support, Post-hospital support, In- home Dementia care, palliative care, assistance with daily activities, social support, domestic assistance, home and garden maintenance, meals and nutritional support and private funded nursing care.

The areas we service include: Newcastle, Belmont, Stockton, Wallsend, Maitland, Rutherford, Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, Singleton, Raymond Terrace, Medowie, Nelson Bay, Salamander Bay, Dungog, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Forster and Tuncurry.

We are customer centric and confident that our clients will be delighted in the services they receive from our fully trained and experienced Registered Nurses and Support Workers. Pearl Home Care packages are simple, flexible and affordable. We do not charge entry or exit fees. We care about our customers and we ensure their money is spent on the services they need.

We look forward to making a positive difference to the lives of many in our local community, enabling consumers to be able to live a happy and fulfilling life in the comfort of their own home. Please visit to learn more about Pearl Home Care Newcastle and Hunter. To book a free consultation and discuss your home care needs, contact our office on 02 8528 8183.

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ReadyUp Skills

ReadyUp Skills Youth Development Program aimed at confidence and capacity building for young people to understand their adult responsibilities through work readiness and independence.

ReadyUp Skills is an NDIS registered service.

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We are a counselling service offering a wide range of services including:

  • Anxiety, panic, phobias
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Loss and grief
  • Interview coaching
  • Parental alienation
  • Conflict management
  • Stress management
  • Sexual, emotional, physical abuse


We also offer capacity building, improved daily living therapeutic support and specialised positive behavioural intervention support for NDIS funded clients.

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Pursue Ability

We pursue equality and inclusivity for everyone.

Our advocacy is to empower our participants to achieve their dreams and open more opportunities through support services as a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The radiating lines of the Pursue logo are symbolic of the positive rippling effect that Pursue has on our clients.

We founded Pursue to raise awareness for those with significant and long-term mental illness through advocacy and community engagement.

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Explore and Soar

Explore and Soar are a group of passionate occupational therapists that work in collaboration with families, support networks and educators to ensure that children reach their highest potential. We are mobile therapists that offer a range of services in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Muswellbrook and Central Coast regions.

We consistently work towards inclusion, equal accessibility to all services and bridging the gap for rural communities, whilst maintaining best evidence-based practice.

As a team of occupational therapists, we are here to provide support, whilst gently pushing boundaries to expand your child’s skills for the better.

What makes us truly unique is that we are mobile therapists. We work with you to provide individually tailored intervention solutions for you and your child. We are also active in schools, integrating, exposing and supporting all functional skills required to achieve goals. We create groups to expand social skills with peers, whilst also addressing their gross motor, fine motor and academic skills. We collaborate, communicate and work alongside your child’s support network and teachers.

We work within the Newcastle to Muswellbrook and Scone regions, and central coast providing cutting edge, high quality occupational therapy services for all children and their families from 0 to 18 years of age.

The Explore and Soar team are always passionate about growing and expanding the opportunities available to the families in our local communities, always adapting their intervention style and services to support the individual needs of our communities.

Our therapy services are always adapting to enhance connectedness and opportunities for growth and development, ranging from 1:1 occupational therapy intervention with children, parent coaching and support, teacher education and intervention support, therapy assistant intervention, peer sessions and activating social groups.

Our strength is in the connections and relationships we have with our clients and the local communities. We do so by actively volunteering within our communities organising professional development for teachers and families, providing transition to Kindergarten intervention solutions, sponsoring local sporting clubs such as the Redbacks Swimming Club and Branxton District Netball Association and by collaborating with other local business owners and allied health professionals.

At Explore and Soar, we consistently work towards inclusion, equal accessibility to all services and bridging the gap for rural communities, whilst maintaining best evidence-based practice.

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Survivor’s R Us Incorporated

Survivor’s R Us Incorporated is a recently founded charity that supports the fight against domestic violence, homelessness and unemployment. We help Men, Women and Children, by getting them into refuges to keep them safe; we also supply food hampers, clothing, dignity bags and toys for families who have nothing or have lost everything.

If you or someone you know needs help, we want to provide that help. In life it never hurts to ask ‘are you okay?’ or ‘can I help?’, and at Survivor’s R Us our doors are always open and the kettle is always on.

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Master Builders Group Training & Personnel

Newcastle MBA apprenticeship scheme is a not for profit company working towards fixing the trade skills shortage and assisting your business “making apprenticeships easy”.

Our successful MBA Building and Construction Industry Apprenticeship Scheme is making Apprenticeships and Traineeships as easy as 1, 2, 3. Our not for profit organisation is making your business easy with quality staff.

Now Newcastle MBA Group Training is the acknowledged industry training body of apprentice/trainee for the area’s Building and Construction industry, boasting over 160 apprentices and over 100 host employers.

We provide a dynamic and integrated program for persons wanting a head start (and qualified training) in the region’s building industry. Apprentice/trainees learn practical skills, combined with an accredited education program in their chosen trade.

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Dungog Shire Council

The Shire of Dungog is part of the Hunter Region and the Lower Hunter Sub-Region and is bound by Great Lakes Shire to the East, Singleton Shire to the West, Scone Shire to the North-west, Gloucester Shire to the North and by Port Stephens Shire and the City of Maitland to the South.

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Business Singleton

Welcome to Business Singleton

“Connecting business, creating community.” 

Business Singleton puts the focus on business at a local level. We have a vast network, and through our connection have established a strong community voice. In a meeting of minds, our members are able to identify the concerns for business in our community, plan actions and grow together. Business Singleton offers a wide range of resources and opportunities for learning, and with a membership base rich in experience, members are supported through the inevitable challenges encountered in this ever changing world of commerce.

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Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc

Welcome to the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry and our launch of the 2015 theme “Innovate and Grow!” . Our Chamber has a long and proud history of providing information, networking, advocacy, and support for businesses located in the Muswellbrook Shire to help them innovate and grow!

We produce a monthly newsletter packed with expert advice for small to medium enterprises as well as updates on local issues which affect Muswellbrook businesses large and small.

We have over 100 members who represent a broad cross section of the local business community. We have good attendances at our monthly breakfasts which provide promotional opportunities for local businesses as well as expert advice and information from high quality guest speakers.

Our Business Awards program recognises local businesses which embrace the principles of good service and responsible management of employees, environment, safety, finance and contribution to the community. The Awards are open to all Muswellbrook businesses and culminate in our Gala Awards Presentation Dinner each April.

Through our contacts with all levels of government we advocate support for Muswellbrook business and encourage the provision of infrastructure which meets the demands of our growing local economy. Through our Internet sites, and all of our activities, we promote Muswellbrook Shire as a place to work, live and play.

If you are not a member, or you are starting a new business in Muswellbrook, you are welcome to attend our breakfasts. You are most welcome to join our Chamber and support the organisation that supports your business.

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