The Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre plays an integral role in Cowra ensuring services are available as needs arise and gaps identified.

Neighbourhood Centre - Ph: (02) 6342 4900
This service aims to identify and support the needs of disadvantaged individuals, families and groups within Cowra Shire by providing information, referral and advocacy.

In a community development role we encourage local participation, researching and planning to meet the needs. These functions are enhanced through the contribution of volunteers.

Family Support Service - Ph: (02) 6342 3432 - based at 5 Vaux Street
Family Support Workers help families to cope with the challenges of family life and raising children by providing information, knowledge, skills and access to resources.

Flexible Leisure Options - Ph: (02) 6541 1654
A service covering Cowra, Weddin and Bland, assisting people with disabilities and their family/carer to participate in flexible respite options. The person discusses their needs with the Service Co-Ordinator who can offer short breaks, holidays, outings, integration into mainstream activities, overnight respite or a combination of these.

 CRS Australia - Ph: (02) 6332 3322
Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service Australia helps people with disabilities or injury find and keep employment, and to assist employers secure the safest work environment for their employees.

Josephite Foundation No Interest Loans Scheme - Ph: (02) 6342 4900
Available Wednesdays. This service aims to provide people with a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card access to no-interest credit up to $800 to buy essential household items.

Mission Australia
Mission Astralia is an Individual Support Program which visits monthly.

Cowra Tax Help Service
Trained volunteers assist in the completion of Personal Taxation Returns for people on low incomes, pensioners and those from multicultural backgrounds.

Creditline Financial Counselling - Ph: (02) 6332 3456 for Cowra appointments
This is a free counselling service if you have debt problems or cannot meet financial payments. Highly skilled impartial advice on personal finances, completely confidential, is available from the Centre by appointment only. Advice on money management.

Gambling Counselling Service - Ph: (02) 6332 3456
This service visits Cowra as required. Conselling for gamblers and/or their families. Holistic model. This service is free and confidential.

Commonwealth Carelink Centre - Ph: 1800 052 222
This Centre provides information about a range of community, aged care and disability services, with the facility to put you through to the Service you require. Visits monthly.

HACC services cater to the needs of the frail aged, those with disabilities and their carers within our community

Home Care Service of NSW Cowra Branch - Ph: (02) 6342 3600
Assists the frail aged, people with a disability and their carers with practical tasks such as house cleaning, laundry, shopping, personal care and respite.

Nangana' Cowra Aboriginal Branch - Ph: (02) 634 24330
Assists Aboriginal people with practical tasks such as house cleaning, l;aundry, shopping, personal care and respite.

Neighbour Aid - Ph: (02) 6341 2558
A practical support service for the frail aged and young people with a disability. Volunteers provide social, cemetery and hospital visits, shopping assistance, library run, pet assistance, card or letter writing etc.

Cowra/Grenfell Meals on Wheels Food Services Inc. - Ph: (02) 6342 4165
Provides the elderly, people with disabilities and their carers with daily delivered hot and cold meals with the assistance of volunteers. Centre based meals are provided to enhance social interaction and frozen meals can be collected or delivered.

Home Modification Maintenance Service - Ph: (02) 6341 1566
Provides assistance to elderly residents, people with disabilities and carers of both. Ramps replacing steep steps, support rails in showers and toilets, baths replaced by flat floor showers. Labour of builder is subsidised by Government.

Community Handymen Service - Ph: (02) 6341 1566
Tap washers, light bulbs and broken door screens replaced. Limited mowing (Spring and Autumn), pruning and weeding, rubbish removed, exterior windows cleaned. More information upon application to Co-ordinator. Government subsidized.

Community Transport - Ph: (02) 6342 4900
Transport is provided to the frail aged, people with disabilities and their carers as well as transport disadvantaged clients by volunteer drivers. Trips are provided for medically related appointments, shopping, or when social interaction is required. A modest contribution is paid.


This service provides a free daily call, to bring comfort and security to the "alone and medically at risk" folk who wish to live at home. A back-up system should neighbours and friends be away.

Volunteer Counsellor
This service provides counselling support, advocacy and options for people in need and is available weekly.

Cowra Loss and Suicide Awareness Group
This is a group of interested community and professional people raising awareness and educating the community about grief, loss and suicide awareness issues. The group meets monthly at the Centre.

Multicultural Reference Group
Volunteers and Service Providers work together to increase awareness of and promotion of multicultural issues, events and activities. Volunteers also support and advocate for people as required.

Volunteer Grief and Loss Support
Volunteer support workers compliment professional services by offering practical and emotional support. Being available to spend time with people who are grieving or who have suffered a loss - being able to listen.

15 Vaux Street, Cowra, NSW 2794

Ph: (02) 6342 4900
The majority of services housed within the building are assisted by Volunteer Workers.

If you wish to assist, please phone (02) 6342 4900

For more info on WINC or how to join, please contact your nearest WINC Centre

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