Parenting programs – a new lookJune 21, 2019
A new perspective for people delivering parenting programs – that’s the purpose of the Parenting Sector Forum facilitated by The Junction Neighbourhood Centre (The JNC) on 26 June at Little Bay from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
“Taking a fresh look: New perspectives on designing & delivering parenting programs” promises to be an interesting and challenging forum.
Value of ongoing learning
“We are always learning,” says Janet Green, The JNC’s General Manager. “It is important for those of us working in this field to keep abreast of new research and new perspectives, in order to answer the question: ‘What will best equip people to grow in confidence and wellbeing?’”
This Parenting Sector Forum will feature two key speakers who have roles outside the parenting sector, as well as strong experience in related fields.
Seeing through other eyes
Kellie Bisset is a media and communications strategist, highly skilled at translating complex information for both specialist and general audiences. She has held senior advisory positions in a range of organisations, providing counsel on media and communications strategy, brand development and digital communications and parenting programs. Kellie works with the Parenting Research Centre.
Rafik Tanious from 3rd Space Intercultural holds qualifications in education counselling and psychotherapy. He has worked with CALD and refugee communities in education, health and community services setting for over twenty years both locally and internationally.
New perspectives will also come from forum participants, who are from a range of organisations and roles and who will engage in workshop activities during the Forum.
Book for the Parenting Sector Forum here
Parenting Program at The JNC
In addition to running forums such as this, through our Parenting Program The JNC works with families with children aged 0-12 in the Randwick Local Government Area. We provide services to families experiencing stress; individuals and carers of children; families experiencing domestic violence; children at risk; and men and grandparents in a parenting role.
Our services include:
- Emotional support
- Casework and advocacy
- Referral to other services
- Information on services for families
- Domestic violence court support
- Parenting groups and classes
Groups and workshops for parents
Expressive Art for New Parents is a JNC workshop series running in July and August. This is a chance to take time out to be creative, meet other new parents and access support services. Some child-minding is available. Tuesday 23 July, 30 July, 6 August, 13 August, 10am-12pm. To book, phone 9349 8200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JNC runs two supported playgroups.
123 JNC, for families with children aged 0-3, is held on Thursdays during school term from 10am-11.30am at the Lifestart Building, Chifley Public School, Mitchell St, Chifley.
Transition to School Playgroup
This group is for families with children starting school in 2020. It offers a space where children can build skills and confidence, and families can connect with others and with support services. Fun and educational activities are facilitated by a Family Support Worker. This playgroup runs on Mondays during school term, from 10am-11.30am, at Lifestart at Chifley Public School.
Contact The JNC
For more about the Parenting Sector Forum and about The JNC’s family support programs, contact us on 9349 8200.
Fresh insights after 45 years
The insights we gained from Parenting Sector Forum will be incorporated into our programs. Janet Green says, “The JNC will continue to seek fresh insights in order to provide the most effective programs. We continue to learn from other organisations, and from the people in our community.
“We have been in operation for 45 years now. To celebrate this milestone, we have asked 45 people for whom The JNC has made a difference to share their stories. Their insights will enable us to keep growing.” From 28 June, look out for 45 Years 45 Stories at The JNC. See https://www.facebook.com/TheJNC/ and Instagram on @the_jnc