Karabi Community & Development Services Inc. is an organisation which began in 1987 as a small not-for-profit community organisation. Before 1987 it was known as Toongabbie Community Services. Through commitment and support of local community members and a small team of workers, the service expanded to develop into a key organisation within the Toongabbie/Seven Hills / Parramatta area.
In 1987 the name Karabi Community & Development Services was chosen by the local community to give greater representation of a growing organisation. Karabi is an Indigenous word from the local Darug tribe meaning Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. This name was chosen by the local community to symbolize the gatherings of many flocks of cockatoos in the local area.
In 1999 Karabi successfully auspiced a newly funded project through Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme and was located at the Toongabbie Neighbourhood Cottage – Now known as Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage Seven Hills. An integral part of Karabi, this project was supported by the Department of Community Services and now receives ongoing, renewable funding to work with the local community around the Seven Hills, Toongabbie area.
In 2009 Karabi was successful in opening its third centre, Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage Constitution Hill with the establishment of two newly funded projects namely the Community Capacity Building Project and Young Persons services.
In 2010 Karabi started the Indigenous project at Constitution Hill Centre with the Koori Idol Project and in 2011 Karabi Social Support project for seniors, frail aged and people with disabilities and their carers commenced to service the community in Blacktown LGA from Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage Seven Hills (KNCSH)
Karabi receives renewable funding form The Department of Human Services – Community Services of Health and Ageing. One off short term projects are funded by local clubs, Parramatta City Council, Blacktown City Council and Cancer Council – Tackling Tobacco Project.
The Organisation is governed by a Management Committee comprising a number of volunteers from the community, NGO sector and the local community.
The role of the Management Committee is to oversee, and ultimately be responsible for the efficient, effective and accountable management of the organisation within the approved budget and in accordance with funding and legal requirements and stated objectives.
Key aims of the Management Committee is to ensure a level of leadership and vision that will direct the operations and planning of the organisation and that accountability is ensured to its members, the community, stakeholders and funding bodies through compliance to ethical and legal requirements.
Karabi consists of the following staff members:
Chief Executive Officer
Community Relations Administrator @ Wentworthbille Office
Office Assistant @ Seven Hills (TNC) & Constitution Hill (KNC)
2 x Social Support Project Workers @ Wentworthville Office
2 x Social Support Workers – Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage @ Seven Hills (TNC).
Community Development Worker – Wentworthville
Community Development Worker – Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage @ Seven Hills (TNC)
Community Development Worker – Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage @ Constitution Hill (KNC)
Youth Services Worker – Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage @ Seven Hills (TNC)
Youth Services Worker – Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage @ Constitution Hill (KNC)
Indigenous Project Worker – Karabi Neighbourhood Cottage @ Constitution Hill (KNC)
CALD – Community Development Worker @ Wentworthville Office
In addition to its own projects Karabi is also privileged to auspice projects for small local communtiy groups such as the Wenty Estate Sport Group, Winston Hills Sustainabliity Improvement Project, Oasis Community Garden at Seven Hills, and Doig Street Community Garden in Constitution Hill.
Karabi is also supported by a large number of volunteers who provide their time and support across the services and are a highly valued by Karabi for their work in supporting the community.
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