Our Sector

Community Services

The Blue Mountains Community Sector is a rich and diverse sector delivering a range of programs and services that strengthen our community. These organisations include:

  • Neighbourhood centres
  • Family support services
  • Youth services
  • Children’s services
  • Food services
  • Health services (including mental health, women’s health, and drug & alcohol recovery services)
  • Community transport services
  • Legal services
  • Accommodation support services
  • Domestic violence support services, and
  • Disability support services

More information about individual Blue Mountains Community Sector organisations can be found in the Blue Mountains Community Sector Profile and on indivdual MCRN Member websites.

Funding & the Real Cost of Providing Services to the Blue Mountains Community

MCRN has recommended that the NSW Government fund a pilot program in the Blue Mountains that adequately resources services to run localised, community-specific, tailored programs to meet the needs of the Blue Mountains Community.

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Interagencies

Community sector organisations, groups, professionals and government organisations convene through a range interagency groups - networks, coalitions, steering and working groups, to facilitate an integrated, coordinated and best practice approach to service provision across the Blue Mountains region.  These interagency groups include:

More information on interagency groups, including contacts and meeting details can be found on each of their individual pages.

Meeting details can also be viewed on the Sector Meeting Calendar.

Groups Auspiced by MCRN

MCRN supports unfunded and/or unincorporated community groups and social justice campaigns and auspice a range of local action groups including:

  • Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters (BMETS) – a volunteer group of women who work to improve opportunities for women in East Timor.

  • Trek for Timor Blue Mountains (T4T) - a group organised by members of the Blue Mountains East Timor Friendship Committeeand Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters Project and other community volunteers and aims is to raise much needed for funds for the people of East Timor.

  • Pink Mountains – an online community information guide and pink pages business directory for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex people, their friends and supporters living in or visiting the Blue Mountains.

  • Blue Mountains Interfaith Group – representatives of the different religious and spiritual traditions in the Blue Mountains who seek to work together on causes of common interest, such as the Care and Celebration of the Environment.

  • Blue Mountains Trade Union Council’s (BMCU) Politics in the PubBMCU convenes regular public forums in the Blue Mountains on current and controversial issues.

  • Links for Life - a group of volunteers based in the Blue Mountains working towards the prevention of family violence and protection of children.

More information on these groups can be found on their individual webpages.

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About the Group

The Stronger Families Alliance (SFA) is convened by the Blue Mountains City Council and is a network of government, non-profit and voluntary organisations working together to bring friendship, fun and professional support to Blue Mountains families.

SFA members harness the latest scientific evidence about ways to solve complex problems such as child abuse and neglect, social isolation, obesity, poor school achievement and the literacy divide. Central to our philosophy is the use of collective impact, which brings together many diverse people and organisations in the search for lasting solutions.

Purpose/Goals

The SFA aims to achieve multi-stakeholder representation of all organisations and networks in the Blue Mountains who impact on child development. Its primary focus is implementation of the Child and Family Plan, a 10-year blueprint for the coordinated development of government, community and voluntary organisations working with children and families. The Plan has 3 parts - Strengthening Families through Neighbourhood Service Networks, Moving Children and their Families Beyond Vulnerability, and Creating Child-friendly Communities.

Activities

The SFA initiatives for service networks include working with schools in the Blue Mountains to bring positive psychology practices into the classroom and is responsible for the School Hub Program which provides programs for babies, children and carers in community spaces and schools.

SFA initiatives for vulnerable children have included film making workshops in Blackheath for young people, a pop-up park in North Katoomba, school workshops across 9 schools with Aboriginal artists, and a workshop for professionals about how to build a team around a child.

SFA initiatives for a child friendly community have included the Bush Trackers Project to get children and their families into the Blue Mountains National Pak through innovative child consultation approaches and the production of online and printed child friendly bush walking maps.  A Bush Trackers Website has also been launched with maps of various Blue Mountains areas.

Paint the Blue Read Program is an early learning initiative of the Blue Mountains SFA and includes regular early learning activities such as Annual Reading Week, Winter Magic Festival Storytime, fortnightly story sessions in Leura shops and monthly story reading at Glenbrook Rotary Markets.

Meetings

How often:  SFA meetings are held on a Tuesday from 9.30 to 11.30am quarterly.

Where:  Mountains Heritage Hotel, Katoomba.

Contact

To find out more about the SFA, please contact Tanya James at BMCC on 0424 988 890, or, Kris Newton on 02 4759 3599 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Coalition Against Violence and Abuse

About the Group

The Coalition Against Violence and Abuse (CAVA) is convened by Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre and concerns itself with developing a creative, collaborative and political response against domestic and family violence, sexual assault and all forms of violence and abuse against children.

Membership of CAVA is open to all agencies and community members, who are concerned about the issue. To make our community safer, participation is open to all supportive people – men and women.

Purpose/Goals

CAVA’s main business is about violence against women and children.  CAVA’s key goal of the Blue Mountains CAVA is to challenge and change the culture and attitudes towards women and children so that violence and abuse are not tolerated and women and children can feel safe in our community.

Activities

CAVA actively organises and promotes events in the Blue Mountains to raise awareness of domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse. These activities include Reclaim the Night, Mayor White Ribbon Day events, International Human Rights Day Vigil, My Safe Space Children's Week art exhibition and various domestic violence fundraising gigs.

Meetings

How often:  CAVA meets from 9.30 to 11.30am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Where:  MCRN Meeting Room, Lawson.

Contact

For more information on CAVA please contact Cherie Brandon on 02 4782 5133 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

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Blue Mountains Community Care Forum

About the Group

The Blue Mountains Community Care Forum is convened by the Blue Mountains City Council's Aged and Disability Services Development Officer and is predominately attended by organisations both not for profit and profit that provide services and programs to people with a disability, the frail aged, people living with a mental health issue and their carers.

To view the range of services and programs currently available to people in the Blue Mountains, go the the Blue Mountains Community Care Guide 2022, published by the Blue Mountains City Council.

Purpose/Goals

The Blue Mountains Community Care Forum meets to discuss aged and disability care issues for service provision in the Blue Mountains, gaps in service provision and has a key role in advocating to State and Federal Government on issues impacting on the delivery of services to this target group. A key role of the Forum is to support services with changes in the Aged and Disability sector such as the My Aged Care and NDIS reforms. And to promote positive collaboration and capacity building with all services assisting this target group.

Meetings

How often:  The Blue Mountains Community Care Forum meets from 10am to 12pm on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Where:  Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, 9 New Street, Lawson.

Contact

For more information about the Blue Mountains Community Care Forum, please contact Prue Hardgrove on 02 4780 5546 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Postal Address

C/- Blue Mountains City Council
Locked Bag 1005
KATOOMBA  NSW  2780

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Fact sheets are available about our vibrant and diverse community.

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 A number of support groups run regularly at various locations in the Blue Mountains.

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The Blue Mountains Community Sector is a rich and diverse sector delivering a range of programs and services that strengthen our community.  The Sector convenes through a range of interagency groups to facilitate a coordinated approach across the region.

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Community Sector Jobs

Finance Business Partner, Life Without Barriers, Richmond.
Closes Mon 17 June.


Drug & Alcohol Clinician - MERIT Program, NBMLHD, Penrith.
Closes Wed 19 June.


Aboriginal Child & Family Worker - Identified, Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services, Penrith.
Closes Wed 19 June.


Speech Pathologist, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Kingswood.
Closes Mon 24 June.


Warehouse Supervisor, St Vincent de Paul Society, Penrith.
Closes Thurs 27 June.


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Grants and Funding

Current Opportunities

Ingar Rice Foundation Grants, up to $5K for early intervention programs, family support programs, specific resources for programs or specific training required for implementation of programs.
No closing date.

National Indigenous Australians Agency, grants for proposals that address a need for ATSI people.
No closing date.

Grants and Funding Websites
Community Connective - Funding
Funding Centre - Our Community
Community Grants - BMCC
NSW Governemnt eTendering
GrantConnect - Australian GovernmentAustralian Government
Philanthropic Grants & Trusts