Covering both the South Western and South Eastern suburbs of Sydney, Karitane provides a comprehensive range of clinically based parenting group programs designed to support parents in their parenting role. Community services and programs are provided to families in their own home or in the community setting. These services and initiatives include:
Talking Realities Young Parents Program
Talking Realities offers a fun and relaxing way to study with other young parents and work towards formal qualifications in a Certificate III in Community Services Work from TAFE NSW. We provide free training, childcare and lunch plus links to education and other service providers. On completion of the course you will be guided and supported into further study and have the opportunity to share your story with school students! More information here.
Karitane Linking Families (KLF) offers four community programs in the Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool and Macarthur areas which include home visiting and supported play groups. Referrals are not required for this service, you can self-refer to any service by calling (02) 9754 2655. Linking Families is located at 130 Nelson Street, Fairfield Heights, NSW, 2165.
The four services offered include:
1. Volunteer Family Connect (VFC) offers support to families with children birth to 5 years living in the Macarthur Wollondilly and Taree areas. The program trains volunteers and matches them with families in the community. Volunteers provide support to families in their parenting role to adjust to a new baby, cope with multiple children, overcome feelings of isolation and frustration. For more information see the VFC brochure here.
To apply to be a volunteer in Taree please contact Sue Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org l 0438 576 385)
To apply to be a volunteer in Macarthur Wollondilly please contact Angela Styman (email@example.com l 0447 961 445)
2. Young Parent Family Worker offers sustained home visiting to young clients 25 years and under. The program’s workers are able to visit young parents antenatally and postnatally to provide support and referral to appropriate programs.
3. Early Intervention Placement Prevention offers families from different cultural and language backgrounds, refugee families and families with limited or no family support assistance and referrals to services available in the community to address parenting challenges.
4. Supported Playgroups Plus offers supported playgroups for vulnerable families for a period of 12-18 months to support, inform and build capacity to integrate into community playgroups. This transition ensures all families are able to access supported playgroups when needed.