Covid Update

Coronavirus Update – Our Services

OzHarvest operates every Wednesday at 11pm
Manly Legal Service operates each Thursday 6pm – 8pm and every third Saturday of each month) – currently suspended
Legal Aid Family Early Intervention Unit operates each Tuesday 10am – 4pm – currently suspended
Centrelink Drop in Service (each Wednesday) 10am – 12 noon – currently suspended

Please note: our hours have returned to 10am-3pm

Major Donation by Local Vineyard Owners assists Homelessness & DV Support

We have been blown away by the incredible effort from the owners of Echo Hills Estate who donated over $18,000 to Community Northern Beaches through the sale of 500 cases of quality chardonnay and shiraz. Northern Beaches’ couples; Sarah and Steve Day, Cath and Glen Butler, and Megan and David Epper, are the driving force behind Echo Hills Estate, located near Broke in the beautiful Hunter Valley region of NSW. Sensing a real need to support the local community during these trying times, the winery owners found a great way to raise funds while at the same time rewarding everyone who supported the effort with quality wines to enjoy.

Through Echo Hills efforts Community Northern Beaches has been able to increase the hours of our homeless and domestic violence teams to better meet the increased need and level of intensity we have encountered during the current covid-19 crisis. With a real sense of gratitude Community Northern Beaches would like to thank Sarah, Steve, Cath, Glen, Megan and David for their efforts on behalf of our community. Together, we certainly make a difference.

James Griffin MP hands over $90,000 in Support Funding

On Friday 23 August 2020, Local Member for Manly, James Griffin MP, handed over a cheque for $90,000 to Community Northern Beaches Executive Director, John Kelly, accompanied by the President of Community Northern Beaches, Adele Heasman and Treasurer Bill Barnes. This funding was provided by The Hon. Brad Hazzard, MP, Minister for Health, to assist Community Northern Beaches with the costs involved in the recent move into 52 Raglan Street, Manly and the continued establishment of the Northern Beaches largest Community Hub.

Pictured from Left: Bill Barnes - Treasurer, Adele Heasman - President, John Kelly - Executive Director, and James Griffin MP for Manly

Pictured from Left: Bill Barnes – Treasurer, Adele Heasman – President, John Kelly – Executive Director, and James Griffin MP for Manly

James has been a tremendous supporter of Community Northern Beaches for a number of years, even prior to his term in State Parliament. James recognises the critical work we undertake at a grassroots level on the Beaches, and the continued difficulties frontline community organisations battle in providing face-to-face care and support. On behalf of our clients, staff, volunteers and supporters, thank-you James and Brad.

Manly Local walks 24 hours for those-in-Need

On July 10th 2020, local Georgie Furze, walked for 24 hours straight to raise money for Community Northern Beaches. Community Northern beaches is a Manly based charity that is the largest community hub on Sydney’s Northern Beaches offering wrap-around services to support those in the areas of Domestic Violence, Homelessness, Family and Teen Welfare, Mental Health, New Immigrant Settlement and more.

When COVID-19 hit Sydney, 28 year old local Georgie lost her job in the fitness industry. Georgie made a conscious decision to use her time help others rather than sit around and wait for new opportunities to come to her. She came up with a plan to walk 24 hours straight, from Queenscliff to Shelley Beach in Manly. Georgie recruited locals and local businesses to walk with her for an hour each throughout the 24 hour period. Below is the list of the awesome souls who supported Georgie & Community Northern Beaches and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts!

Georgie’s Friends and Family came out in the rain to cheer her as she crossed the finish line after a gruelling 24 hour walk. It was a very emotional time for all present!

Georgie’s Friends and Family came out in the rain to cheer her as she crossed the finish line after a gruelling 24 hour walk. It was a very emotional time for all present!

James Griffin, MP Member for Manly

Tony Bonner (Actor best known for his roles in Skippy, Cop Shop & Skyways)

Greg & Maree Bennett, Bennett Surfboards

Michael Burgio, Novak Properties Northern Beaches

Nada Vescio, Watermark Residences

The Hotel Steyne, Manly

Cam Grey, Local Life Guard and Surf Club Member

Willie Bishop, Brothers4Brothers

Jamie Doran from The Bachelor

Sam Snowden, Blokes Advice

Ray Humphries

Swiss 8

Declan Cleary

Neil Curits

The New Brighton Hotel

Lisa Gunn

Lacey M & Cam Simmons

Connor Petterson

Nick Grant

Sarah Day, Meriel Frost & Bonnie Redman from The Clontarf Sisterhood


Georgie’s Mum & Dad

John Kelly, Executive Manager Community Northern Beaches

The amazing Jarrad Peters, from Wolf Creative donated his time and took awesome professional pictures of Georgie and friends in the final hour & crossing the finish line.

Georgie’s walk was a massive success achieved through the stamina to complete 138,800 steps, raising awareness and donating $7680 to Community Northern Beaches supporting the vulnerable in our community.

Georgie gets support in the last minutes of her 24 hour walk from her younger brother and John Kelly, Manager Community Northern Beaches.

Georgie gets support in the last minutes of her 24 hour walk from her younger brother and John Kelly, Manager Community Northern Beaches.

Georgie says “I cant wait to do more things like this throughout my life. I now want to do a course with Lifeline to help on the suicide helpline & chat to those who are struggling. I love helping people and nothing feels better than making a difference”.

Thank you Georgie, you are an inspiration!

Community Northern Beaches Has Moved!

On the 27 July, 2020 Community Northern Beaches entered a new phase of service to the Northern Beaches’ community when it relocated to 52 Raglan Street, Manly. After decades at Wentworth Street, in a building that has now outlived its usefulness, we have moved to a modern, well-designed office that will offer even more opportunity for our staff, volunteers, partners and clients. This is an exciting but exhausting time for our staff, particularly coming as it has in the middle of a pandemic!

We will be busy this week finalising our move while remaining open to our clients. Much had already been done by staff and volunteers, including the construction of racking in the new storeroom and the relocation of all our food, clothing, bedding and toiletries to Raglan Street. All new furniture has been delivered and set-up.

Entrance to our new centre, 52 Raglan Street, Manly.

Entrance to our new centre, 52 Raglan Street, Manly.

Bec and Daniel (Homeless Outreach Service) working hard to set up the new premises!

Bec and Daniel (Homeless Outreach Service) working hard to set up the new premises!

The new premise has six soundproof counselling rooms, including one specifically for a free GP service for clients. There are also two meeting rooms, opening into one larger space via a folding wall. Smart TV technology and whiteboards complement each meeting room, making it ideal for organisations wanting to use the space for meetings, training and seminars. Staff and volunteers will finally have a large kitchen and ‘chill-out’ space to utilise.

While there is still much to be done Community Northern Beaches would like to thank everyone in the community who have continued to support our efforts and follow our progress across the many areas of community assistance we provide. Everyone is welcome to drop-in and see us in our new home once we have settled in.

Opening hours (10-2 Mon-Fri) and phone number 9977 1066 remain the same!

Echo Hill Wine Fundraising Offer

100% Proceeds from wine sale to be donated to Community Northern Beaches

“Dear wine loving friends,

We at Echohill Vineyard have carefully matured some fabulous Chardonnay and Shiraz since 2012, and to help out some of the many people that are suffering hardship from the COVID19 virus we are offering the chance to acquire these wines that normally sell for $200 per case (and are rated 90-92 by James Halliday) to you for only $50 per case, delivered to your door (Sydney Area Only). All proceeds after delivery costs will go straight to the Community Northern Beaches to help support their Homeless Outreach Program.

We have a select number of cases of 2012, 2014 &2015 Chardonnay, and 2014 & 2015 Shiraz, all hand picked and matured in French Oak barrels.

If you would like to take up this offer then please email Sarah ( with the following information:
– how many cases you would like
– Your name, phone number and address

Then, kindly deposit your funds to the account below (ie. number of cases x $50 each). Your contribution will be much appreciated.

Echohill Farm

BSB: 032102

ACC: 659806

Many thanks

Steve, Sarah, Glen, Cath, David and Megan – The Day, Butler, Epper families”

Echo Hill Vineyard

Echo Hill Vineyard

Community Northern Beaches Annual General Meeting 2018

On Friday 12 October 2018, Community Northern Beaches held their 2018 Annual General Meeting. A warm and friendly atmosphere prevailed as those who care about the organisation came together to cover official business, thank some of the organisations and people who have supported them during the past year and elect the Management Committee for the year ahead.

Adele Heasman, now President of Community Northern Beaches opened the meeting by welcoming honoured guests including James Griffin, MP, Mayor Michael Regan, new CEO of Northern Beaches Council; Ray Brownlee, Councillors and staff of Northern Beaches Council; Cr. Sue Heins, Cr. Pat Daley, Cr. Candy Bingham, Cr. Kyle Ferguson, Kylie Walshe, Rob Van Den Blink, Sandra Faase and Will Wrathall, Michelle Erofeyeff of FACS, former Patron and Mayor of Manly Council; Jean Hay, CEO of Royal Far west; Lyndsay Cane, Peter Jackson; Hall Jackson P/L, Sally Cornelius, and representatives from St. Matthews Church, Manly Congregational Church, Easylink Transport, Every Little Bit Helps, CatholicCare, Link Housing, Legal Aid; Ross Tomlin, Carmel McCarney (Sisterhood Clontarf), our CNB staff and volunteers, and members of the Management Committee. Adele then acknowledged the traditional owners of the land (Cammeraygal peoples) and paid respect to Elders past and present.

Adele Heasman, President with John Kelly, Manager

Adele Heasman, President with John Kelly, Manager

Adele proceeded to highlight the significant achievements of Community Northern Beaches over the last financial year, including the granting of DGR and PBI status to the organisation, and the expansion of services provided to the Northern Beaches’ community through increased partnerships with other service providers.

Adele focussed on the urgent requirement for more suitable accommodation to enable the organisation to increase service delivery to the Northern Beaches’ community and maintain the dignity of clients and community members who access our services and facility. Adele acknowledged the tireless work and dedication of all involved in the successful management and daily operation of the centre, especially during a period of significant change and improvement.

James Griffin MP, and patron for Community Northern Beaches, presented a passionate advocacy for the work of the organisation in the community. He outlined how the work that is undertaken with the marginalised in the Northern Beaches community focussed him on why he had made the decision to stand for office and advocate on behalf of all.

Treasurer Mr. Bill Barnes gave thanks on behalf of the Management Committee to the Auditor, Peter Jackson from Hall Jackson Pty. Ltd., for his assistance with the financials throughout the year.

Bill acknowledged our funders; FACS, SSI and Northern Beaches Council, for their confidence in and support of Community Northern Beaches. He also acknowledged that the Venue Hire income had increased and formed a key part of overall revenue. Bill concluded by stating that Community Northern Beaches is in a sound financial position, meeting all financial requirements, and with significant reserves in the bank.

John O’Connor, Public Officer, declared all positions vacant and invited nominations for the Executive and Management Committee Members. The following Members were elected unopposed:

Executive: President: Adele Heasman, Vice President: Mary Nelson,Treasurer: Bill Barnes, Secretary: Caroline Pearce
Management: Paula James, Kandy Tagg, Peter Wood

Community & Volunteer Awards:

John Kelly presented the following Community Service Awards to those identified as making a difference in the Community and the lives of others;

Michael & Rosalind Cockett – Manly Congregational Church for donating sandwiches every Monday over many years for the homeless

Blackmores – for donating Christmas hampers each year for distribution to individuals and families in need

Manly Library – for donating toys each Christmas to the children of our clients

Care Essentials – for providing basic necessities for the homeless and needy

Yousef Elafifi – who collects bread and other food items from Aldi and bakeries to assist us in feeding the homeless and needy

St Matthews Church Manly – ongoing support and assistance.

Carmel McCarneyThe Sisterhood Clontarf – contributions of volunteer work, fundraising and community awareness raising.

Volunteer Awards;

Caroline Pearce – reception volunteer and member of the Management Committee
Nora Takats – 9 years continuous volunteer service and JP
Cathie McNabb – volunteer on reception and special projects
Julia Denne – volunteer on reception and worked for four years with CNB’s multicultural program supporting migrants and refugees
Lynda Stokes – for many years has organised CNB’s OzHarvest support for the homeless and needy conducted each Wednesday

Thank you to all those who attended and continue to show support for Community Northern Beaches.

Community Spotlight on John Kelly

John Kelly, Manager Community Northern Beaches

What is your role?

My role is incredibly varied, I’m called upon to do everything in a real “all hands on deck” environment. I have a strategic and business focus to manage today and into the future to ensure we can continue to deliver services to the community. Building partnerships and relationships with government, corporate and other NFP’s is critical. We have managed to build the largest community hub on the Northern Beaches with 18 accommodated services in-house plus a number of other partnerships supporting programmes off-site. There is also mundane parts of the role like changing light bulbs, emptying rubbish and any heavy lifting! That helps me stay grounded in the role, as you can’t be precious with the work we do.

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Can you describe a typical day in your life at the centre?

A typical day can be quite chaotic as I never know what might be around the corner. Our varied client base certainly keeps us on our toes. Of course in my role I can never escape the paperwork but this tends to occur around ensuring clients, customers and accommodated services are all properly looked after. People come before paper. My quiet time is before and after we open the doors, and this is the opportunity to write reports and respond to correspondence.

What motivated you to choose a career in community services?

I chose a career in community services after working in local government where I spent 14 years across four Councils. I wanted to be in an environment where I had the opportunity to explore new ways to do things. Working in smaller, more under resourced environments makes you think outside the box, act with agility and a strength of purpose to achieve outcomes for your clients who are all having a worse day than you are.

Tell me about a particularly memorable moment during your time at Community Northern Beaches?

There have been many memorable moments since starting my role at Community Northern Beaches. From an organisational viewpoint changing our name, logo and marketing was a terrific team effort and a significant way forward to take us across the Beaches.

Getting DGR/PBI* status after many years of knockbacks was sensational for Community Northern Beaches and particularly our team who work so hard. Also, last year we held the first ever Client Festive Celebration, it was a truly uplifting experience for not only our clients but staff, volunteers and our great supporters The Clontarf Sisterhood.

What do you believe makes Community Northern Beaches special?

I think what makes our centre special is the people involved and the effort that they put in. If this was mirrored across the whole of society, we would be in a better space as a community and a country.

What would your advice be to someone looking to reach out for help but doesn’t know where to start?

My advice to anyone looking for help who doesn’t know where to start is to look for a community organisation first. They may or may not be able to address your needs but they will definitely give you the time and attention you need to help you begin your journey. The compassion and empathy is there with staff and volunteers, and this is often what people seeking support need the most.

*DGR: A deductible gift recipient (DGR) is an entity or fund that can receive tax deductible gifts

*PBI: A public benevolent institution (PBI) is a charity whose main purpose is to relieve poverty, sickness, suffering or disability.


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Manly Community Centre is now Community Northern Beaches


Yesterday at Manly Community Centre we had the official launch of our new name, Community Northern Beaches. The new name reflects the fact that we are all about community and are available to help people all over the Northern Beaches.

Early in the morning, new signage went up, just in time for our official ribbon cutting ceremony by James Griffin MP, Member for Manly at 1 pm.

This was followed by our Annual General Meeting where members and guests were treated to the premiere showing of our new short film documenting all the services provided by Community Northern Beaches and a bit of the heart and motive behind the work of the organisation. We are excited to release the video to you soon!

We welcome the election of a new President of the Management Committee, Geoff Stewart. Outgoing President, Adele Heasman, was warmly thanked for her huge contribution over a number of years. She will remain as Vice-President.