FUNDED PROGRAMS

 

Greater Shepparton Communities for Children has funded a broad range of activities and services since it commenced in 2012 which are delivered by our local Community Partners for families living in the Greater Shepparton area.  

 

Current Programs

 

The following 7 activities have been identified for implementation by Greater Shepparton Communities for Children through contracting to local services in the first two years of the strategy. The Activities were selected for their alignment with the Key Priorities listed overleaf and in response to identified need in the community.

 

Further information about each of the Activities is available here: 

Greater Shepparton CfC Community Strategic Plan Summary 2015


Future Parenting Programme


This activity facilitated by The Bridge Youth Service incorporates the evidence based Baby Makes 3 programme aimed at new parents to promote equal and respectful relationships, the Parents Under Pressure program for at risk families with children aged 2-8 years of age, and Bringing You Baby Home with a focus on Indigenous and CaLD new parents.

 

 

Mother Baby Day Stay Service


This activity offers customised parenting attention and support to families to observe the modelling of positive parenting practices, leading to improved parent-child attachement and increased social and service networks. The program is being implemented by FamilyCare.

 

 

Cultural Connections


Kildonan UnitingCare are providing this activity. It includes the evidence based Parenting in a New Culture (PiNC) programme to help newly-arrived families adjust to a new cultural environment, Face to Face Refugee Experience workshops aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness in the community, and a Schools Transition Programme for CaLD families to help the transition from Kinder to Primary School.

 

 

Stronger Families - Smooth Transitions


Lulla's Children and Family Centre are undergoing the evidence based DRUMBEAT programme aimed at Indigenous children aged 3-12 years old, and a wraparound model of family support including Kinder/School transition and wellbeing support activities such as an annual Health Day for Indigenous families with young children.

 

 

Early Matters Shepparton 


 

CFC RAV's Drumbeat & Confident Kinder Kids Programs from Liz Arcus Photography on Vimeo.

This activity includes the evidence based Exploring Together group-based programme for families with pre-school aged children, and Tuning Into Kids parenting programme to help prevent behavioural issues in young children. It also includes a wraparound family support model to support vulnerable children and their families. This activity is being facilitated by Relationships Australia Victoria at GoodStart Early Learning Centre.  

 

 

Greater Shepparton Intensive Supported Playscheme Programme


This activity is an evidence based play-based learning programme targeting 'at risk' children and families in the Greater Shepparton area. It includes input from the Maternal and Child health Services, a Family Support Worker and includes parenting education. This program is being led by Save the Children.

 

 

Second Step Shepparton


Mission Australia are facilitating the evidence based programme focussed on middle years' transition, targeting vulnerable, Indigenous, CaLD and socio-economic disadvantaged families. Second Step is designed to increase students' school success/readiness through case management and support as well as the delivery of a group programme.

 

 

 

Previous Programs


 

Real Men Make Great Dads Program - concluded 30 June 2013

 

FamilyCare provided education and emotional support to help fathers manage their parenting role effectively. Participating fathers gained skills, knowledge and understanding about stages of child development, increased parenting capacities and appropriate discipline strategies throughout their child’s development.  The program also offered sessions at some Primary Schools to support fathers living in Greater Shepparton with children aged 0-12 years.

 

 

 iPads-iKids-iCommunity-iSchool Program  - concluded 30 June 2013

 

Implemented at Gowrie Street Primary School. The school was supported to purchase 50 iPads (including protection cases and screen protectors) as an engagement tool for learning.  The program gave students and their families the opportunity to use current technology for the provision of educational support and learning opportunities ‘anywhere at any time’. There was a combination of learning activities in the classroom as well as parent and child learning sessions. 

 

 

Intensive Supported Playscheme Greater Shepparton - concluded 30 June 2013

 

Save the Children provided an intensive supported Playscheme in Tatura and employed a Family Support Worker to support families attending Save the Children’s Mobile Playschemes across the Shepparton region.

 

 

Neighbourhood Schools Network - Playgroups in Schools Program - concluded 30 June 2013

 

The program connected with families and children in the early years before their formal schooling years. It gave the children experiences in formal learning settings, use of learning materials and opportunities for learning through play. The program operated at Gowrie Street Primary SchoolWilmot Road Primary School and St Georges Road Primary School 

 

 

Greater Shepparton Mother Goose Model and Program - concluded 30 June 2013

 

The Mother Goose program provided a group experience for parents, their babies and young children that focused on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. Through this program 22 new Mother Goose facilitators from a range of local agencies were trained to run the program across Greater Shepparton and they were supported by a Mother Goose co-ordinator. The program was run by Greater Shepparton City Council 

 

 

Tatura Early Years Project 2012 - Best Start  - concluded 30 June 2013

 

Provided by Greater Shepparton City Council. this initiative has been designed to improve Maternal & Child Health (MCH) and kindergarten engagement with vulnerable families and children in Tatura by increasing the outreach role of MCH services and implementing innovative strategies in kindergartens to encourage access and participation. For the MCH component this included more home visits and increased liaison with families within supported playgroups, childcare and kindergarten settings. A second component was the provision of individual, breastfeeding education sessions pre birth and breastfeeding support home visits during those first few weeks to support the establishment of breastfeeding.  In addition a “Preparing for Parenthood” program adopted an ‘active engagement’ approach to make contact with young women who were pregnant and experiencing some aspects of vulnerability.  Strengthening linkages between local service providers was also encouraged through the establishment of a Tatura Early Years Network.

 

 

The Kinship Program for Aboriginal Fathers & Foundations to Employment Program for Long Term Unemployed - concluded May 2013

 

Moloka Pty Ltd  provided Indigenous fathers with information, skills and understanding about their own well-being which can have positive influences for their relationships with their children, partner and/or ex-partner.   The Foundations to Employment Program was designed to provide long term jobless Indigenous families opportunities to participate in discussions, group workshops and information sharing  regarding the impact of being ‘jobless’ on themselves and their family. The program was also to explore positive and negative influences they have been experienced when employed or seeking employment and included individual actions and activities that could lead to long term and meaningful employment.

 

 

Future Parenting Program 

 

Provided by The Bridge Youth Service is a program that supports the development of parenting skills of young parents, ensuring the health and wellbeing of the child. The Future Parenting Program also supports young parents in meeting the requirements of their Centrelink Participation Plan through engaging in parenting skills development programs and with school or education options. 

 

The Digital Story of the Future Parenting program has been produced by Liz Arcus Photographyhttp://lizarcus.com and can be viewed below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stronger Connections – A Family Resource and Mentoring Program – concluded 30 June 2014

Run by Uniting Care Cutting Edge this program focused on refugee fathers and their families. Fathers were assisted to find their identity, embrace and develop their fathering role, and promote familial reconnection to overcome issues and conflicts that are typically evident through ‘refugee journeys’. The program offered family activities, parent support, education and information sessions and mentoring programs.

 

The Digital Story of the Stronger Connections program has been produced by Liz Arcus Photography http://lizarcus.com and can be viewed below.

 

 

 

 

 

Early Learning Hubs (formerly Young Dads are Great Dads)  – concluded 30 June 2014

 

Relationships Australia Victoria enhanced the capacity of parents and carers to support their children through transitions to kinder and school, by addressing health and wellbeing issues, supporting language and literacy development, and meeting priority needs. Targeted professional development opportunities were provided for childcare and kinder staff to assist them in supporting the needs of vulnerable children and families. A peer support network for Grandparents and kinship carers to support children in their care was also enhanced.

 

The Digital Story of the Early Learning Hubs program, produced by Liz Arcus Photography http://lizarcus.com  can be viewed below.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Hub: A Community Learning Together Program  – concluded 30 June 2014

 

Implemented at Bourchier Street Primary School the program supported the employment of an Early Childhood Worker to run playgroups and reading sessions in the school library and work in the junior classes doing Read To’s with small groups of children.   A  Community Worker was also employed to establish the “Paddock to Plate” program which involved growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing food from the school garden. The program also supported adult learning and development opportunities for parents with skills and insights to pursue employment opportunities.

 

The Digital Story of the Paddock to Plate program at Bourchier Street Primary School, Shepparton, produced by Liz Arcus Photography http://lizarcus.com can be viewed below.

 

 

Shepparton Neighbourhood School Hubs Stage 2 – concluded 30 June 2014

 

This project involved collaborative and committed engagement across each of the school communities of St Georges Road Primary SchoolWilmot Road Primary School and Gowrie Street Primary School, whereby each school delivered specialised early years (0-5 year olds) and parent education programs to support vulnerable, CALD and Indigenous children and families; it was facilitated by skilled Neighbourhood School Coordinators and specialised family engagement officers.

 

The Digital Story of the Neighbourhood School Hubs program, produced by Liz Arcus Photography http://lizarcus.com  can be viewed below.

 

 

Bringing your Baby Home – concluded 30 June 2014

 

Provided by CatholicCare Melbourne in partnership with The Bridge Youth Service. The program funded the training of local facilitators to support young parents from Sudanese, South Sudanese, Afghani, Iraqi and Congolese, backgrounds to care for their children before and after birth and through the early years. The program trained local facilitators from The Bridge Youth Service to conduct the Bringing Your Baby Home Program for young parents aged 14–19. The program provided an opportunity for expectant parents to discuss topics such as communication, moving into parenthood, managing tough times and balancing everyone’s needs.  

 

 

Wrap Around Health and Wellbeing - Extended School Hubs (Stage 2) - concluded 30 June 2014 

 

Located at Gowrie Street Primary School, the project aimed to build the capacity of parents and carers to support their children in their health and wellbeing, specifically by addressing speech and language issues.   Activities were developed which specifically supported parents to build their knowledge and capacity around speech and language and partners provided some of this service directly.  A worker dedicated to engaging with and supporting parents was employed and worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team within the school hub setting.

 

 

Mooroopna School Community Hub - concluded 30 June 2014

 

With Mooroopna Primary School as the lead, the Project aimed to build family/individual resources and capabilities to overcome social exclusion and unemployment. A Community Development Worker was employed to drive and co-ordinate this project as well as leading community consultations, identifying needs within the target group and area, and co-ordinating partner activities, including leading some of those activities.  The CD Worker engaged with parents/carers in school communities and assisted them to participate in both non accredited and accredited training to increase life skills, confidence, employability skills and appreciation of education and training, using existing school and community resources.

 

 

Tatura Early Years Project - concluded 30 June 2014

 

This project was led by  Save the Children and built on the current work of two existing CFC projects, namely the Tatura Early Years Project and the SCF Mobile Playgroup and Intensive Family Support Initiative. It has five key components for the Tatura community:

 

  • The continuation of the Tatura Early Years Network
  • Advocacy and community capacity building – primarily in relation to access to antenatal and medical care in the Tatura community
  • Maternal and Child Health outreach visiting
  • A weekly Mobile Playgroup – currently at the Tatura Caravan Park
  • Family Support offered to families affiliated with the Playgroup

 

The Project aimed to improve the engagement and participation of vulnerable families and children in early childhood health and education services.

 

The Digital Story of the Supported Play scheme  program, produced by Liz Arcus Photography http://lizarcus.com  can be viewed below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING ANY OF THE CURRENT ACTIVITIES, PLEASE CONTACT THE LEAD ORGANISATIONS DIRECTLY, OR COMMUNITIES FOR CHILDREN ON 5820 0433