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Resources for families

March 9, 2021

Here’s news of JNC’s wide range of resources for families. These resources include playgroups, workshops, support services, information and community events.

Programs & workshops

Mindfulness program

In a week we’re starting our ‘Mindfulness for Positive Child Development’ parenting program, to share the many benefits of practising mindfulness.


What’s mindfulness?


It’s a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment. At the same time you calmly acknowledge and accept your feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
 


And how can it be useful for you?


Does it always seem like you don’t have time to think? Do you often feel you’re running behind? Believe it or not, taking time out for mindfulness will make it possible to manage everything better. It’s good to stop and:

  • listen to your heartbeat
  • feel the air circulating through your lungs, and
  • think about the things in your life you’re thankful for.

 

If you have a young child it may seem hard to find time for practising mindfulness. But you’ll gain the benefits of decreased stress and anxiety, more flexible thinking, the ability to focus on tasks more attentively, and an increase in relationship satisfaction. And you’ll be able to enjoy more quality time with your children.

Join us for JNC’s mindfulness program from 16 March, for 3 weeks, live on Zoom from 1-2.30pm. Together we’ll practise techniques you and your kids can use for relaxing, reducing stress and managing distractions. To book or learn more, phone 9349 8200 or email families@jnc.org.au  

Playgroup for kids starting school next year

JNC runs a Transition to School playgroup in Maroubra on Mondays at 10am. This group supports you & your kids with developing school readiness skills, like these: learning to listen to instructions, take turns & follow routines developing skills with letters & numbers enjoying storytime yoga, music, and more Phone 9349 8200 for more details or email families@jnc.org.au

Single Parents Support Group


Connect with other local single parents & share experiences. Get support from experts on issues like Family Court, managing your child’s behaviour, self-care and applying for jobs. Runs Tuesdays till 23 March. 10am-12pm at Daceyville Public School. Phone Angie 9349 8200 for more details/email families@jnc.org.au


More resources for families

Workshops coming soon

More free workshops coming up for you: phone 9349 8200 to find out more & put your name down:

  • Dads Developing Connections with Their Child – from 4 May, online
  • Small Steps – Managing Anxiety Disorders in Children 0-8 years. 11 May.
  • 123 Magic behaviour & emotion management – in June

Circle of Security – watch this space

Other support & resources for families

We provide culturally appropriate casework and support for families, including carers and grandparents. Support can be in person, over the phone or on a video link such as Zoom or Facetime. Phone 9349 8200

JNC can assist with filling in forms, accessing a JP, offering free time on our computers and connecting you with legal and homelessness support.

Contact details & more about our services at this link

International Women’s Day message

On International Women’s Day, 8 March, JNC shared a message of support for gender equality. You can watch the video at this link