At the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre
General Manager - Neighbourhood Centres of Bellingen Shire Inc
I began volunteering at the Neighbourhood Centre in 1996 and went on to serve on the Management Committee for many years, to complete related tertiary studies and to work as an employee on various projects for the organisation. I worked at Urunga Neighbourhood Centre Inc from 2003 to 2014 as Coordinator then Manager. My close connection to BNC continued over that time. In 2015, I was asked to come on board as co-Manager of the organisation and transitioned to the role of Manager in 2016. I am proud to be a life member of both Bellingen and Urunga Neighbourhood Centre associations.
Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre is our core project and has been serving the Bellingen community for over 40 years. Essential to the operations of the Neighbourhood Centre are the employees and volunteers who bring heart, a wealth of experience and commitment to our work with and in community. Keep reading and get to know them a little. Feel free to call or drop in to the Neighbourhood Centre to get to know us better.
In 2009, when I was struggling, I came to the neighbourhood centre for help. The support I received was incredible and it was then when I decided that I want to volunteer here to make a difference in other people lives too. Originally I am from Switzerland; I have 3 beautiful daughters and live on my hobby farm with my partner. My garden is one of my favourite places to be. I also love doing craft and playing games and I really like to learn new things.
I have worked at the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre since the beginning of 2015. I volunteer at front desk, Emergency Relief, casual relief as Administration/bookkeeper, Centre Co-ordinator and Centrelink Agency. I have many new skills and am studying to do Tax Help and Work Development Orders (WDO). I enjoy doing cross-stitch with a range of cards and bookmarks for sale. The cards are on the front desk with all proceeds going towards the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre. Everyone on the BNC team is great to work with and I enjoy the friendships and experiences, which come through our doors every day of the week.
I work at the neighbourhood center as an accountant. I am a certified bookkeeper and registered BAS Agent. I’m still trying to bake a perfect opera cake and am a quirky Sagittarian.
I started to work here in 2015. I volunteer Tuesday and Friday at the front desk and also offer the computer help on Friday mornings. Helping others gives me a sense of satisfaction and purpose and I gained a lot of knowledge about other services around here.
I am a retired Psychologist having worked for thirty years as a Psychologist in a variety of counselling and educational roles in Australia and overseas. I moved from Sydney to Bellingen in 2013. I love this small, vibrant community and am delighted to be able to give back in the form of the voluntary counselling service. I am available for counselling at the BNC on a no fee basis.
I retired with my partner to Bellingen in 2016, escaping the Sydney rat-race. We really lucked in with the town and the community – neither of us had been here before we bought our house. I don’t miss Sydney at all, although I miss my siblings who are still there. I previously worked as a criminal lawyer in both state and federal spheres. I enjoy watching a good game of Test cricket. I started off at the BNC on the front desk, and now look after the WDO program. My workmates on the BNC team are great people, and I really enjoy being able to help the wide range of people who come through the door.
My name is Andrew. I’ve lived in Bellingen for over 25 years. My 3 children were all born in the valley. I’ve had a varied work life. I’ve worked as an iron worker on the Sydney water front, loaded wheat trains, framed pictures, waited on tables, chipped weeds, worked in mines, farms and factories and I wasn’t much good at any of them. I write fairly average poetry, draw moderately amusing cartoons and play very bad blues harp and am an excellent volunteer at Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre. Please don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Agency Administration Worker
Hi my name is Julie. I have been with Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre (BNC) since early 2003; the first 2 years in a voluntary capacity and then as a Casual Relief for 6 months with the Centrelink Agency (now known as Services Australia) before commencing Permanent Part-time in mid-2004. During this time I’ve had the privilege of witnessing many changes and the growth of the Neighbourhood Centre and the Agency. Still to this day I enjoy my work in assisting clients with their business just as much, if not more, than the day I commenced.