North Ringwood Care
As part of North Ringwood Uniting Church’s social justice outreach to the local community, North Ringwood Care was established in 2002 solely for the purpose of relief of persons in North Ringwood and surrounding areas who are in necessitous circumstances. Our goal is to provide a level of support that will assist clients to move away from dependency to gain a sense of independence.
Making an Impact
All clients are treated in a compassionate, caring, non judgemental manner respecting their dignity and absolute privacy. Interviews are conducted in safe, warm and friendly environment. Although established to cater for the needy in North Ringwood and surrounding areas our practice is to accept and assist all clients who present at North Ringwood Care.
People helping People
North Ringwood Care is run entirely by volunteers, we have no paid staff.
The relief provided is mainly but not restricted to emergency food relief. Access to other agencies such as Age Care, Substance Abuse, Community Budgeting, Child Protection and Support, Crisis Intervention, Employment Providers, Financial Counseling, Gambling Support, Housing, Legal, Meals, Mental Illness, Pharmacy Support, Welfare Rights, Whitegoods and Furniture and others are offered as seen fit and appropriate to the clients circumstances.
Provision of some services is provided through a number of partnerships which have been established.
Main Food Supplier
Food Bank, Yarraville
Priceline Pharmacy, Eastland
National Pharmacy, Burntbridge
Budgeting and Advocacy
EACH Financial Conselling, Ringwood
North Ringwood Care also provides fresh fruit and vegetables, some of which comes from the Welcome Garden Centre located at the rear of Church. The garden is operated by a group of dedicated volunteers. The Welcome Garden also provides outreach and support to clients with various disabilities from a local agency; the clients working alongside Church volunteers.
North Ringwood Care is supporting Norwood and Melba Secondary Colleges’ Breakfast programmes. Our average numbers per week is between 110 to 120 students over the three campuses. Emergency food items are also provided to the schools to support students identified at risk by the Chaplains and Student Welfare staff.
North Ringwood Care now can offer DGR status with all donations over $2.00 being tax deductible. Donations can be made to the following:-
North Ringwood Uniting Church Welfare Fund
PO Box 2243
Get In Touch With Us
North Ringwood Care
14 Dickson Crescent, North Ringwood, Victoria, 3134
(03) 9876 5625
Hours of Operation
M – F 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Do I need a referral to come to NR Care?
No you do not!
How do I get to NR Care?
If you drive there is free carparking on premises. Othwerise the closest bus stop is route 364 on Panfield Ave/Wonga Rd walking through North Ringwood Reserve
Do I need to book an appointment time?
No. Interview hours are from 10am to 12.30pm. It is important to arrive before 12.30.
What happens when I first arrive?
You’ll be offered a warm welcome and a cuppa. After an informal interview where circumstances are shared, clients are provided with referral opportunities and food relief.
What sorts of foods are provided?
Meat, fruit and vegetables, dairy products, non-perishable products such as breakfast foods, pasta and rice, sanitary products, etc.
How often can I attend North Ringwood Care?
The program supports clients in difficulty. Dependency on the service is undesirable. Typically, clients can attend approximately monthly until the emergency situation has passed. Variation on attendance frequency can be made depending on circumstances.
Can I choose the items that I prefer to eat?
Absolutely. Once the interview is complete, each client is invited to select the items that most suit their dietary requirements.
14 Dickson Cres, Ringwood North
(03) 9876 5625
Office Hours: Mon-Thus, 9:00AM-1:00PM