What we offer...
We offer a diverse range of services. If you're interested in using our venue to run a course, start a club, or just meet like-minded people, we're sure we can help!
Monday mornings from 9am to 11am (or earlier if the food vouchers run out)
With funding from both State and Federal Governments, we offer food and fuel vouchers.
Bring your ID and your pension or health card with your Centrelink Reference Number (CRN). Tell us how many dependants you have and when your next benefit day will be.
Vouchers are limited, so please be EARLY!
NILS - No Interest Loan Scheme
By appointment only
Mount Isa NILS provides fair and safe loans to buy essential goods or services such as a new fridge or washing machine, furniture, gardening equipment, or medical and educational items.
To qualify, you must:
Be entitled to a Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card, or be on a low income
Have lived in your current home for at least 3 months, and
Show you are willing and able to repay the loan.
Loans are available to purchase multiple items, and loans can be up to $1,500. Borrowers must pay back the loan, but do not have to pay any fees, interest or other charges.
Tuesday and Thursday from 12 noon to 4pm
Food that's good but would have been wasted is rescued and available for people on low incomes.
We collect day-old bread, plus fruit and vegetables, available from noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please bring your own shopping bag!
We also have frozen meals cooked up with meat provided by Secondbite, so just ask!
Utilise our gorgeous meeting rooms and beautiful grounds to hold your next meeting, training sessions, or activities.
We have a kitchen that accommodates training small groups, whiteboard, projectors and screens, tea and coffee making facilities, a wood-fired barbecue and pizza oven, and child-safe yard and playground.
Free on-site parking is available, and our building is disability-friendly.
Referral, Support and Advocacy
We can help you solve the puzzle of where to get help! Everyone needs a hand sometimes, and we may be able to provide that directly or refer you to someone else.
We want to empower you, so we won't normally do things you can do for yourself, or speak for you when you've got your own voice. But sometimes a letter from an agency like ours can help when you're dealing with officials.
Our shower and washing machine are available for use by people who are either in or at risk of homelessness, and we also have some lockers available to store your most valued items.
We ask that people try to bring their own toiletries or detergent if they can, but we keep some items available for emergencies.
Filling out Forms
Sometimes forms can be just a bit too much, especially for people with disabilities, low literacy or for whom English is not their first language.
We can help, but please call first to make an appointment! The number is 07 4743 4506 and ask for Chris.
Computers, Internet and Communications
LIMITED TO ONE PERSON AT A TIME IN THE COMPUTER ROOM
There are four computers available for use for free, and the Centre has Wifi throughout.
For scanning, please bring your own disk or USB stick, or ensure you have an email address the scanned item can be sent to.
We have four raised garden beds, provided by Queensland Country Credit Union, for our clients to use and enjoy.
Come and connect with other like-minded people to grow your own fresh and healthy vegetables and herbs!
Starting again soon, limited to 1 - 2 people, you can learn to cook easy and nutritious recipes in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
This program is fully funded by the Queensland Dept of Communities, so it is completely FREE and transport is provided where necessary.
Share the Dignity
With funding from the Queensland Government, Share the Dignity have provided us with a machine that dispenses period packs of two sanitary napkins and six tampons. These are free, however the machine will only dispense one pack every ten minutes.