Empowering Sustainable Life Choices & Communities
  • Ph. (02) 9829 8898

Our Services

  • No Interest Loans Scheme Currently Interviews Carried out by Phone

    Partnering with the Good Shepherd foundation BTCG offers people on low incomes loans, financial support and education. We enable people to take control of their own financial wellbeing and feel in control of their financial lives.

     

    The no interest loans scheme provides individuals and families on low income access to safe, fair and affordable credit. There are no fees, no charges, and no interest. 

     

    Maximum loan amounts may vary, but credit can start from $300 up to $1500 for essential goods and services. Once your application is approved, repayments are set up at an affordable amount over a 12 month period.

     

    Interviews are conducted on Monday's and Thursday's between 9.30am and 2.30pm

     

    WHAT ARE THE LOANS FOR?

    Loans are generally available for the purchase of essential goods and services.

    These may include:

    • Household items like fridges, freezers, washing machines, stoves, clothes dryers and furniture
    • Some medical and dental services
    • Car Registrations
    • Some other items as requested.

     

    DO I QUALIFY FOR NILS?

    To qualify you must:

    • Have a Health Care Card/Pension Card or be on a low income
    • Reside in your current premises for more than 3 months
    • Show a willingness and capacity to repay.

     

     

    HOW NILS WORKS IN OUR COMMUNITY

    With manageable repayments and a respectful assessment process conducted by Break the Cycle , it works through a process of circular community credit. When a borrower makes a repayment to NILS, funds are then available to someone else in the community. 

    BTCG then works along side our clients, coaching them to their agreed outcomes and moving them towards financial indendancy.

     

    For more information on NILS please contact the office on 02 9829 8898.

  • Legal, Financial & Professional Support Phone Interviews

     We offerg Finanical Counselling this service can help our clients better understand their finanical circumstances to enable options for change and goal settings.

    Free Legal Assistance.

    We host an outreach service for legal advice to local residents on the fourth Tuesday of the each month between 12pm and 3.30pm by appointment only.

    please contact the office on 02 9829 8898

  • Family, Relationship & Counselling Currently unable to offer

    For after hours help call Lifeline 13 11 14

    Gambling Counselling

    Specialist Counsellor available to deal with this specific need

  • Community Garden This Group Currently Not running

    We have a thriving community garden and encourage participation from anyone interested, whether they have experience or not. participants learn together as they plant and manitain a sustainable garden, with this group running on Tuesday's between 9.00am and 12.00pm

  • Break Away Cafe Currently not Open

    Our onsite café serves lunches Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday's and provide a vital first point of contact for many of our clients, as well as encouraging and enhancing relationships and community participation for regulars. Between 11.00am and 12.30 pm

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  • Food and Finanical Assistance Interviews carried out by Phone

    Our Food and finanical assistance program identifies immediate needs of our clients and asseses the appropriate form of response to help. This can include day to day living needs, food and emotional support. Break the Cycle liaises with local services and agencies and advocates on behalf of our clients for the best possible outcome. 

    As part of the Food and Finanical assistance we interview clients in crisis, potentially offering food; Gas, Electricity assistance, water for private housing and Telstra finanical assistance. 

    We interview clients on Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday betwwen 9.30am and 2.00pm.  

     

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  • Work Development Orders Unable to offer at the moment

    Break the Cycle is currently part of the State Work Development Order program. This allows people that are eligible to take part in a range of activities to reduce their outstanding fines.

    • Voluntary unpaid work
    • Educational/vocational or life skill course
    • Financial or other counselling

     

    This system helps with basic needs that helps get their life back on track. It is also an opportunity for participants to work in an environment that helps them move forward in life giving them a sense of achievement and opportunity to evaluate changes needed through mentoring, coaching, education and holistic life skills courses.

    This is helping people with a second chance and providing a catalyst for change.

     

    For more information and to find out whether you might be eligible you can contact our office on 02 9829 8898. More information can be found at https://www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/fines-and-fees/cant-pay-your-debt

  • Men's Shed Currently

    OPEN Wednesday and Thursday 8:00am-2.30pm

     

    Break the Cycle Men’s shed provides a shared community space for blokes to come together from our community to share their skills, gain knowledge, meet new mates, and build positive relationships as they enjoy working together.

     

    Are you interested in Joining Men’s Shed?

    BTCG Men’s Shed offers in the way of skills and equipment in Carpentry, Electrical, Welding, Mechanical, Computing, plus a wealth of life knowledge, friendship and experiences.

    If you have never used tools or have limited experience then our members will assist with the skills you require. Our mature member are available to assist and mentor you as you learn new skills and support.

    We require participants to observe all Work Health & Saftey rules for the safety of all.

    There is an annual membership fee of $20 and $5 per visit which includes drinks and lunch.

    We have both metal and wood turning lathes, an array of hand and power tools, stick welding gear and are always on the lookout for more donations.

     

    Do you have something that needs fixing, repairing or building?

    Our blokes are always looking for new projects. If you have something that needs to be built or repaired why not contact our mens shed and they would be more than happy to provide a quote. All money raised is put back into the Men’s Shed and Break the Cycle. By supporting our Men’s Shed your supporting our community!

    All enquiries 0417084076  Wednesday and Thursday  9:00am - 2pm

    Email: mensshed@btc.org.au

  • Community Pantry Pre Packed Food Hampers Available

    Break the Cycle offers an onsite food shop that is available for the community to come and shop at. Offering food and non perishable items at low costs allows those in need or on a tight budget to do more with their money. 

     

    What is available?

    All items vary week to week with what is available. Each week new stock and produce is available. Some of the items include:

    • Fresh fruit and veg
    • Meat & Fish
    • Bread
    • Milk and Dairy
    • Non perishable items
    • Tinned food and Bottled Food.

     

    How do I Join?

    There is a joining fee of $2 for all members of the pantry. Simply fill out an application on your first visit to the Pantry.

     

    How much is a usual shop?

    For $20 you can select whatever you like from the Pantry to fill your pantry basket. There is a wide selection of pantry items which changes weekly.

     

    How often can you shop.

    You can shop at the Pantry once a week.

     

    When is it open?

    The Pantry is open Tues – Thur 9.30am - 2:00pm

     

    Our Community Pantry is not-for profit and all monies raised go towards supporting the Pantry and Break the Cycle. By you supporting the Community Pantry you are giving back to the Community.

     

  • Sorted Currently Not Running

    Sorted is a holistic life skills course that educates (adults18+) men towards changing the way they see themselves and how they relate to others.

    Empower is a holistic course that empowers women to cope with challenging circumstances, and have safer families and build stronger reklationships.

  • Empower Currently not Running

    Empower is a holistic life skills course that educates women ( adults 18+ ) towards changing the way they see themselves and how they relate to others . Our plan is to empower women to cope with challenging circumstances, and have safer families and build stronger relationships and communities.