There were lots of lessons from 2020 but one clear one was the importance for connection and the critical need to reduce isolation. Since 2012 Karitane 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. VFC has proven to improve parenting confidence, build stronger community connections, increase sense of guidance, emotional closeness and belonging. Benefits of VFC are felt by families, volunteers and communities and delivers up to $5.42 social value for every $1 invested. Let’s use this evidence based, high impact value for money services to connect families and reduce isolation.
We are excited to announce the launch of VFC in Taree to support the indigenous community, and are currently searching for volunteers.
To apply to be a volunteer in Taree please contact Sue Martin (email@example.com l 0438 576 385)
Thank you First Steps Count, Biripi Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre, Hunter New England Local Health District and Western Sydney University for collaborating to co-design this service to support the community.
Who uses VFC?
Families of young children ages birth to 5 years who are experiencing geographic or social isolation, who have a lack of confidence in their knowledge on parenting skills, or those who experience barriers to accessing mainstream service.
Volunteers are matched with local volunteers who have completed at least 30 hours of training and who have experience in working with children. Volunteers are screened and receive ongoing supervision. They also visit families in their home once a week and provide practical, social and informational support.
Communities play an important role for the VFC program, which is to connect families to the local services that are available to them, including health, early education, family support and other community services.