Our mission, vision and history

Since our launch in 2000, CareWorks has supported thousands of people through employment, training, community connections, pastoral care, and a range of social, health and wellbeing activities. 
We believe that every person can be an active participant in the community, and our goal is to create a supportive environment where this can occur. 


Northern Community CareWorks is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. We are a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission. We have a Board of Directors who oversee the vision and strategy of the organisation. The NCC Ltd Board meets quarterly in addition to our Annual General Meeting in May each year.
Read more in our NCC Ltd Constitution or latest Annual Report.

Meet the team!

Samantha Barlow

CareWorks Executive Officer

Samantha moved to Melbourne to join the team at Northern and CareWorks in March 2020. Sam has held positions in various community organisations, most recently with the ACT Council of Social Service. She loves learning, reading and spending time outdoors. Sam is married to Gregory and they have a lovely but somewhat mischievous dog, Lefty.
Sam Barlow

We have a range of short- and long-term volunteering opportunities. Learn more

We work with a broad range of people to equip them with skills and opportunities. Learn more

Northern Community CareWorks | 81 High Street, Preston VIC 3072
Phone 03 9937 2144