our history

History

 

Community Support and Outreach Services Central Coast (Community SOS)  has been providing the Central Coast with a variety of programs for over three decades, since our inauguration in October 1970. 

 

Feb 1971 -

  • Office opened in Mann Street, Gosford, open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am till 4pm. Gosford Council provided premises, phone and $200 per annum. We have always been dependant on community donations to operate and develop our services. 

  • Originally known as Gosford Shire Community Service, we were the first non-Government Community organisation on the Central Coast, and only the fifth in New South Wales.

 

1972 – 1977 –

  • Gosford Shire Community Service  grew to provide essential programs such as general home help, child minding, gardening, minor home maintenance, shopping, accommodation, transport, visiting services, phone reassurance, information services, referral, emergency relief, service to migrants and an after-hours referral service.

 

  • We pride ourselves on being pioneers for the training of volunteers, including counselling services, practical help for single parents and services for the frail aged and disabled on the Central Coast. We also supported the establishment of other services, including Gosford Geriatric Day Centre. Furthermore, we assisted Committees in Wyong, Cessnock and Singleton to create their own Community Centres.

 

1977 –

  • Established a short-term emergency accommodation service

  • Terrigal Day Care commenced. By 1978 funding for a Centre Coordinator was kindly provided by Youth and Community Services (now DoCS) and Gosford Council agreed to co-fund the Coordinators wages.

 

1980 –

  • Organisation moved to new premises in Henry Wheeler Place and the new long/occasional care Centre for Children was established.

  • September - took over the management of Kibble Park Rest Centre and Tea Rooms

  • Provided Assistance to the foundation Committee of Lifeline, who operated from the Centre.

 

1981 –

  • Emergency Accommodation moved to a large house able to accommodate 20 clients. This was the genesis of what is now known as Coast Shelter.

 

1983-

  • Our organisation became a Company, officially changing its name to Gosford City Community & Information Service Limited.

  • A Family Day Care scheme was funded for Gosford that same year, and in November we employed a Financial Counsellor.

 

1984 –

  • Construction of the organisation’s Youth Hostel, known as “Rumbalara”

 

1985 –

  • Began important programs as Palliative Day Care and Dementia Day Care Centre.

 

By 1994 –

  • Began services such as Family Day Care, Long Day Child Care, Confused Elderly Programme, In-home Respite Care, Community Visitors Scheme, Community Counselling Programme, Financial Counselling, Tax Help and Emergency Relief. The effectiveness of these programs was so great that many were re-auspiced, becoming stand-alone services or transferring to Area Health Services.

 

2000 –

  • Restructure with a move to Narara Community Centre and the

 

2001 –

  • Separation of Community Care Services and Family Day Care, Our service to the Central Coast community continues in Narara.

 

Currently - 

We particularly target the disadvantaged, but we aim to engage and strengthen the whole community. As well as taking on the Management of a Community Centre we have grown significantly since 2001, extending the Financial Counselling Service and adding  a No Interest Loan Scheme, as well as Tax Help. We also run a selection of Multicultural & Indigenous programs as well as numerous school holiday activities, playgroups and other programs in conjunction with other businesses and/or providers.

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Community SOS staff and volunteers are in the office and available most weekdays.

MONDAY - FRIDAY

09:00 AM - 03:30 PM

2 -12 Pandala Rd,

NARARA  NSW  2250

Postal Address:

P.O Box 9047

WYOMING  NSW  2250

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Ph: (02) 4329 4477
Fax: 4329 6832
Email: info@gnnc.com.au
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