Assistance available is customised to each client and may include: a food box, information & referral to services, connection to in-house programs, free clothing via our op shop, vouchers and financial support. We also run a Second Bite program to enhance food support available at the centre. Second Bite: Mon-Thurs after 11:30am - Come on down and help yourself to the surplus bread & food donations supplied by local supermarkets.
Community Food Table: Locals helping locals, we also have periodic food donations to our Community Food Table, usually excess fruit & veggies from local donors.
All distributed free at Notch to help those doing in tough in our community.
Monday – Friday 9am-3.30pm
Ongoing disaster support is available via Notch. Our Townsville Flood Recovery Program is still helping those experiencing hardship from the 2019 Townsville Monsoonal Floods. If you’re struggling with getting back on your feet, can’t get back to normal in your finances or need some help to work through the emotional fallout (you or the kids), get in touch.
We have staff on site and visiting services that can help you move forward.
This program services clients from across Townsville, so if you need help, please reach out.
This service will expire in March 2021.
Based on our experiences of the 2019 Townsville Floods, we now have a team working on setting up Notch as a Disaster Recovery Hub for the Northern Beaches.
This project, funded jointly by state and federal governments under Disaster Recovery Arrangements, will see a range of support and infrastructure at the centre to enable us to better respond to future disasters.
Including the supply of generator power, a sensory garden, a community laundry and an outdoor gym, this project will be rolled out progressively.
Resilience building and community capacity building are two of the focus areas under this project.
Reflective art programs for community healing and local supports for mental health are aspects that intend to build resilience within our residents and capture the local story of the unprecedented flood events.
Longer term, these supports will enable Notch to provide disaster response and recovery to our local community in future disaster events.
With the experience in Townsville of compounding disasters, first in 2019 with the Townsville Floods and then in 2020 with the covid pandemic, the escalating need for local access to mental health supports became evident.
Our Northern Beaches Mental Health Network project, funded by Qld Health, is designed to create an ongoing point of connection for those needing support in the Northern Beaches. This project will deliver the upskilling of ‘community champions’ across many of areas of the Northern Beaches communities.
It will also create a sustainable network to act as a soft entry point and a place of support for those needing it. Notch Wellbeing Café: With a focus on wellbeing and taking care of your mental health, our monthly Wellbeing Café provides a safe space to meet and talk in a relaxed setting (and free morning tea!)
Free training will be provided under this program for those wishing to learn more about how to help others who are not okay. This work will also link into our Disaster Recovery Hub project to make us more resilient as a community.
Our friendly team aim to create a place for everybody. As the local hub of connection based in Deeragun, Townsville, Notch host visiting service providers and provide rooms for hire at discounted rates for community and social groups.
Like any good charity, Notch runs on volunteer power and are the truly local charity supporting those in need across our community. We run a variety of community-based services and programs, targeted in response to ongoing and emerging community needs.
Mail: P.O. Box 588 Deeragun, Qld. 4818
ABN: 13 463 238 900
52 Palm Drive, Deeragun, QLD 4818.
NOTCH Connect Playgroup is funded by the Department of Social Services
NOTCH Emergency Relief Program is jointly funded by the Department of Social Services and the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
Townsville Flood Recovery Service is funded by the Department of Communities, Disabilitiy Services and Seniors under Category A: Far North Queensland and North Queensland Monsoon Trough funding arrangements.
NOTCH Disaster Recovery Hub is jointly funded under the Category C North Queensland Trough Flexible Grant by the Commonwealth/Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding.
NOTCH Northern Beaches Mental Health Network is an initiative funded by the Queensland Government, under the Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care grant program.
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