What is Volunteer Family Connect?
Volunteer Family Connect is a home visiting program for parents of young children delivered by trained volunteers. Developed as a collaboration between The Benevolent Society, Good Beginnings Australia, Karitane and senior researchers from Macquarie University and the University of Western Sydney, it brings together the best evidence and practice knowledge available to support the health and wellbeing of parents, children and volunteers.
Volunteer home visiting programs are community-based services working in conjunction with professional services – part of the range of early intervention supports available to families. They are a unique model of community support because the beneficiaries of the program extend beyond the participating families and children to the people who deliver the program, the volunteers.
Volunteer Family Connect (VFC) is a community-driven, research-based home-visiting program that mobilises volunteers to provide support for parents of young children who are isolated or feeling overwhelmed by their parenting role. See here for a summary of research findings and here for return on investment.
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)