Karabi Community & Development Services Inc. began in 1987 as a small not-for-profit community organisation. through commitment and support of local community members and a small team of workers, the service expanded to develop into a key organisation now serving communities in Parramatta, Blacktown and Holroyd local government areas.
Karabi’s main objectives are to reduce social isolation and to enhance community participation of the residents in Wentworthville, Parramatta and Toongabbie/Seven Hills and surrounding areas. Karabi applies the community development model to engage with the community to plan, deliver and evaluate social, recreational and educational activities and other projects and activities that address community issues, needs, rights and aspirations
Who We serve?
Karabi services vulnerable and isolated individuals and families residing in the Blacktown, Parramatta, Cumberland or Holroyd Local Government Areas with a focus on: families with young children and young people including:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families;
- Non-English speaking families;
- Sole parent families;
- Families and children experiencing family violence ;
- People with a disability (including those who will be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme);
- Frail aged people living in the community; and
- Carers of people with a disability or frail aged people.
What we do?
Karabi works with local communities, volunteers and other services to deliver a range of neighbourhood-based projects and services to meet local needs. It now operates three community centres:
- Karabi Wentworthville (Head Office)
- Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage Constitution Hill (KNC)
- Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage Seven Hills (TNC)
Karabi current projects are:
- Early Intervention and Placement Prevention (EIPP) Program targeting resources to divert families from the child protection system through the expansion of early intervention services.
- Three Community Development projects that engage and empower people in the community to actively participate in all areas of life to create safe, stable, and healthy communities where they participate in improving their quality of life.
- Two Karabi Social Support Projects that provide a range of services that assist and support frail, older people and people with disabilities to continue living at home and accessing their community as independently as possible, thereby preventing inappropriate or premature placement into residential care.
In addition to its own projects Karabi is also privileged to partner with other organisations and Local Community Groups & Councils and run programs such as Women’s Groups, Senior Groups, Knitting, Tai Chi, Folk Ark, Healthy Eating, Homework Support and local community events.