Activities for children and young adults
Karingal Neighbourhood Centre has programs for all ages
Karingal Neighbourhood Centre reception
Talk to our friendly reception staff
Mosaics class at Karingal
One of the creative activity classes held at KNH
Open Day at Karingal Neighbourhood Centre
Activities in the gym
Scrapbooking at Karingal Neighbourhood Centre
Activities for adults
Karingal Neighbourhood Centre children's activities
Party for the kiddies
Karingal Neighbourhood Centre computer room
Computer courses for all ages
Laughter Club at Karingal
The funniest thing you'll do all week. Image by Gary Sissons for the Frankston Times.

Karingal Neighbourhood House (KNH) is a community-managed, not-for-profit charity organisation that offers many programs and activities including a child care, educational courses as well as many fee for service courses. It's current location is in the Karingal Place Neighbourhood Centre (KPNC), which acts as a hub for the community where people can meet to participate in a variety of social, supportive and educational programs, activities and services.

Starting out

In early 1982, the Saints Church in East Frankston purchased a building in Campbell Street, Frankston. After much deliberation the church decided to offer the house to the public to be used ads a Community House. A steering Committee was formed until a General Meeting could be held to elect office bearers and the Committee Members.

In April 1982 the “House” was opened and a playgroup that has rented space from the church, moved into 6 Campbell Street and continued to operate their group from the new premises. The Frankston Toy Library also operated from a couple of rooms at the House for a few years, until space became short.

In February, 1983 the House advertised for a voluntary co-ordinator to manage activities at the “House”. Later,  a grant was applied for  and received from Community Services Victoria (CSV) which was then used to employ the co-ordinator part-time. In late 1984 the Community House was incorporated.

Moving to Karingal Drive

On February 3rd, 1992 Campbell Street Community House was relocated to 88 Karingal Drive, Karingal under the new name of Karingal Neighbourhood House.

KNH Karingal Drive- our address for the years prior to moving to KPNCKNH operated from 88 Karingal Drive, Karingal for a period of 13 years becoming a respected part of the local community and running a diverse range of programs for such a small centre. But as with all good things, there's always more to do and the centre outgrew what it could do.

Moving to Ashleigh Ave

In February 2010, with the completion of the new community centre, Karingal Neighbourhood House Inc. moved it's operation into the brand new Karingal PLACE Neighbourhood Centre on Ashleigh Ave, which is where the organisation has been operating from ever since.

The centre operates as a general community centre and as a children’s hub, offering Maternal and Child Health Service, Kindergarten, Occasional care, Playgroup and the other Neighbourhood House activities from the one building.

The building is shared with some aspects of the Karingal Primary School, Frankston City Council operates Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program and Youth Services programs from the centre, and Community Kinders Plus operate the community kindergarten facility.

KNH manages the operation of a Registered childcare room (which is licensed for 20 children), a computer room, 2 meeting rooms, the sports hall and office space. We also provide reception services for the kindergarten, MCH and Youth Services.

The Centre currently operates every day of the week, with the office staffed between the hours of 8:45 am to 4:30 pm Monday and 8:45 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday to Fridays.

KNH now employs 3 part-time administration staff, 2 part-time childcare staff and several casual childcare workers and has a strong volunteer Committee of Management.


From time to time we need help at the centre with things we don't have the time or skill or capability to do. These tasks may include gardening, general handyman tasks, helping to move boxes or furniture around etc. If you would like to help us out occasionally, please let Ev know at reception.
The best way to see what activities and programs are in the works, is to keep an eye on our Proposed Activities section. Here you can express your interest in joining one of the listed activities and see how close it's coming to reaching minimum numbers - and therefore being held. You can find it under the Programs and Activities menu item at the top of the page.
We are often looking for volunteers to help out with various tasks and roles at the centre - including on our Committee of Management. Volunteering in your community is a great way to meet new people, take an active part in shaping what happens at your community centre, and making use of (and even improving) those skills you have but aren't currently putting to use. We are currently seeking a volunteer with a horticultural background to facilitate our proposed Gardening in Small Spaces free workshops. Please call Lauren on 8786 6651.