Clarke & Humel Local Business Donation

Community Northern Beaches Volunteer, Kym Fowler with Clarke & Humel Principal, Cherie Humel

Community Northern Beaches Volunteer, Kym Fowler with Clarke & Humel Principal, Cherie Humel

We are pleased to announce another local business has offered financial support to CNB. Local real estate agent Clarke & Humel have donated $1500 towards our Homelessness services. When approached by our volunteer Kym Fowler, Cherie Humel was impressed by the array of services CNB provide to those in need in our community. Co-founder and principal of Clarke & Humel, Cherie recognised that not everyone in the community is in a position to buy or rent a home and wanted to help in some way. This generous contribution helps us continue to provide homeless outreach services such as material aid, welfare, counselling, a drop-in cafe, advocacy and more.

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‘Love Bites’ helps Young People Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence

‘Love Bites’ is an extremely successful school-based Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program. The program comes at no cost to schools or students. ‘Love Bites’ is based on best practice standards for education programs as recommended by the Federal Government funded Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse and other leading academics in the area of violence against women.

Community Northern Beaches staff; Jan Schatz, Anona Le Page, Daniel Peterson and Tina Hicks, all facilitated the ‘Love Bites’ Respectful Relationship Program to the year 10 Cohort (150 students) at The Forest High School last month with 7 other facilitators from local service providers.

Young people have an important role to play in breaking cycles of violence. By challenging the sexist attitudes and behaviours of young people, and promoting respectful relationships, we can stop the violence before it starts.

Love Bites’ is facilitated throughout NSW by local service providers such as sexual assault workers, domestic violence workers, youth workers and police liaison officers.

‘Love Bites’ program consists of two interactive education workshops on Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault and Consent followed by creative workshops that consolidate the information from the morning. These workshops fit within the PDHPE curriculum in NSW.

Community Northern Beaches staff are looking forward to our next facilitation coming up at the end of this month at Killarney High.

Forest Rugby Club Gives Big to Community Northern Beaches!


The Forest Rugby Club Charity day was a terrific success both on and off the field. On the field, Forest’s results on the day, including the all important first grade, saw them win promotion to the Kentwell Cup for season 2020. A number of teams are competing in the upcoming finals series and Community Northern Beaches wishes them all the best. Go Forest!

Off the field a ‘mad’ auction of the specially designed Charity Day jersey saw over $20,000 raised! No doubt the euphoria of the Wallabies beating the All Blacks, coupled with ample celebratory liquid amber
contributed to the success of the bidding. In addition a further $4000 was raised from a raffle conducted at the ground, and a further $670 in sponsorship was contributed from player Carl Kilbourne, who dragged his body along the City to Surf route the following day.

A framed Forest Charity Day jersey now sits proudly at Community Northern Beaches’ Centre in Manly. We would like to thank Forest Rugby for its continuing initiatives to support community organisations such as ours, which have raised well in excess of $100,000 over the last few years. As a community rugby club their efforts are truly inspiring.

Immigrant Learn to Drive Programme Gets a New Car!

It was smiles all round when our Executive Director John Kelly picked up a new car from Col Crawford Brookvale.

Thanks to a grant from FACS with a top up from the Refugee Initiative Northern Beaches we were able to purchase this new car to replace very old one for our volunteer driving instructors and students that are part of our immigrant driving programme.

The ability to drive and gain a license leads to employment opportunities and a more fulfilling life. A big thanks too to Manly Lions who support us by paying rego and insurance and Circle of Friends who pay petrol and repairs for the vehicle. #togetherwemakeadifference

Community Spotlight on Jan Schatz

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Spotlight on Jan Schatz, Manager – Family, Child & Youth Service, Community Northern Beaches. Jan is an integral part of our team and this is an overview of the programmes she runs… Mondays: In conjunction with Raise Foundation, Jan mentors the Bump program supporting young mums and pregnant teens. Wednesdays: Raise Foundation In-school Mentoring at Cromer High School. Thursdays: Supported Playgroup at Brookvale Community Centre. Held weekly during school terms, this group is for families who need a little extra support with their children due to delayed learning or behavioural issues. Fridays: Community Yoga (weekly during school terms). Jan is also Area Co-ordinator for the Love Bites Program (Educating teens regarding respectful relationships and sex). Jan is responsible for sourcing, recruiting and training facilitators to run the program which will start again in

September at Forest High School, October at Killarney Heights High School and November at Mosman High School.

Jan also established initiatives such as the Mums & Daughters Self Protection Workshop to be held next on the 19th October. This is a free violence prevention and empowerment workshop for local mothers/carers and girls (aged 10-17 years)with Mel Thomas from the KYUP! Project. Jan is Wellbeing Facilitator for “Ready For Life, Ready For Success” with Relationships Australia for kids in Years 5, 6, 7 & 9 across different schools. These whole day programmes are run once per month and topics include identifying and managing emotions, friends, self-esteem, myths about relationships, and unhealthy vs healthy relationships. Jan also assists with general welfare, family support and crisis case management. Her targeted early intervention work is the cornerstone to our FACS funding so it is important to recognise how much she does.

Thanks to Local Business, Condell Financial

We dropped in to say hello to Condell Financial in Manly this week, a financial planning business who generously donated $1000 towards support for our clients over the Christmas period. We really appreciate people such as Sean and Andrew Condell, who see that help is needed locally where we live and work.

Daniel Petersen, Homeless Services Manager said it’s great to see local businesses getting involved and helping us raise awareness of what we do at Community Northern Beaches. Our specialist volunteer Kym Fowler is on the lookout for other businesses across the northern beaches who share the same values. Would your business like to make a contribution? If so please contact and if you need some financial planning or tax advice, get in touch with Sean or Andrew at

Sean and Andrew Condell from Condell Finance with Kym Fowler and Daniel Peterson from Community Northern Beaches
Sean and Andrew Condell from Condell Finance with Kym Fowler and Daniel Peterson from Community Northern Beaches

Thanks to Local Business Balgowlah Automotive

Thank you to Balgowlah Automotive for your generosity! Owners Richard and Tony Smith are well known supporters of the local community and have donated $1000 to Community Northern Beaches which will help us provide ongoing support for our clients for car related items such as petrol vouchers or other basic automotive needs. They have also agreed to assist selected clients experiencing homelessness and domestic violence with car related issues.


Richard and Tony are pictured here with Kym Fowler. Kym is one of our valued specialist volunteers whose role is to build relationships and support from local businesses. If you have a local business and would like to know more about ways you can help those in need, email

A Bit of Star Power at Community Northern Beaches!

In January, Community Northern Beaches played host for two weeks of filming for a new Australian movie drama to be titled “Unsound”. After an exhaustive search for a suitable location, our building, and in particular the Heritage Hall, was the set for ‘The Deaf Club’, the centrepiece of the drama.

‘Unsound’ follows the journey of a disillusioned musician whose romantic spark is ignited by a young trans man as they work together to save his community nightclub for the deaf.

‘Unsound’ stars British actor Reece Noi, and a who’s who of the Australian film and music industry including Christine Anu, Todd McKenney, Paula Duncan and Yiana Pandelis. It was directed by one of Australia’s premier directors of film and television; Ian Watson.

The whole filming process was incredibly smooth and offered staff, volunteers and clients a great insight into the energy and effort that goes into the making of a film.

Pictured on location in Manly with Community Northern Beaches Executive Director John Kelly, is Director Ian Watson on John’s right, and Location Manager Daniella on John’s left, plus crew.

Pictured on location in Manly with Community Northern Beaches Executive Director John Kelly, is Director Ian Watson on John’s right, and Location Manager Daniella on John’s left, plus crew.

For some, what happens behind closed doors is often a very different reality.


Suzanne has a beautiful house, gorgeous children going to the right schools, paid for by the charming husband who everyone likes. Their marriage is the envy of all their friends. The publicly attentive and loving husband. However, behind closed doors it is a different story….

The husband likes rough sex, really rough sex. No-one sees the marks around Suzanne’s neck she hides with beautiful scarves or understands why she never wears shorts or sleeveless clothing.

Suzanne does not know she has a choice to leave. She does not know that this behaviour has a name She does not know that she has a right to a life with healthy interaction and mutual respect. She does not know that she has the right to choose who her friends are, and when she can see them.

Suzanne does not know she has the right to know how much her husband earns, with transparency and access to their financial affairs. She does not know how much longer she can do this or how she can leave. She is too ashamed and embarrassed to tell anyone. What would their friends think? She must be crazy to leave such a wonderful life.

If you or someone you know can see a little or a lot of their personal story in Suzanne’s, Community Northern Beaches is here to help. The name for this behaviour is abuse and Community Northern Beaches’ team of qualified professionals are here to help people such as Suzanne rebuild their lives and learn that they deserve only healthy relationships. We understand that the journey will not be an easy one, but we will be there every step of the way.

If you would like to know more, please drop into our centre Mon-Fri 10am-3pm or call us on 9977 1066.

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Community Northern Beaches needs your help to provide vital support this Christmas

As you prepare for Christmas, take a moment to think about those less fortunate. Not everyone will be enjoying opening presents or sitting at a table laden with delicious food.

For the people we support, Christmas can be a time of extreme hardship. We see families without enough food, elderly suffering isolation and many without safe or secure shelter.

Please help us provide vital support this Christmas.

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Last Christmas, Jenny* spent Christmas on the streets. With no family, no job and an addiction to alcohol, Jenny had nowhere to go – the bus shelter provided a break from the weather and lighting which offered some small perception of safety.

Last September, Jenny visited Community Northern Beaches where she was supported by Nonnie, the Domestic Violence and Welfare Worker and Daniel, the Homeless Outreach Worker. They organised emergency accommodation, clean clothes, food and connected Jenny to more supports. After four terrifying years of domestic abuse, Jenny had escaped and needed intense counselling to help her recover from the trauma that she experienced.

This Christmas Jenny will have a warm place to stay and food to eat. As Jenny gradually puts her life back together,Community Northern Beaches will be there each step of the way.

Without the services provided by the dedicated team at Community Northern Beaches, who knows where Jenny and others like her would be?

Community Northern Beaches is a unique community-based charity offering a range of free or low-cost services to the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of the community. It is a vibrant, well established community hub with a deserved reputation for offering targeted early intervention and face-to-face outreach services and community building. Find out more…

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