Aboriginal Family Workers
Aboriginal Family Workers provide practical and emotional support and assistance to Aboriginal families with children aged 0-8 years, who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Support provided will vary for each individual family and may also include referral to other relevant support services.
Aboriginal Family workers aim to promote good health and emotional well being for all children.
Family workers consult with families regarding the many issues that affect family life and relationships, including
- Parenting tips, advice and support
- Living skills
- Domestic violence/ abuse
- Financial advice/ referrals
Family workers can liaise and negotiate with other agencies and departments on your behalf, including assisting you to seek out and access government departments and other agencies. Family workers can also offer crisis intervention and referral if needed.
Southern Sydney WDVCAS Aboriginal Specialist Worker
Our Aboriginal Specialist Worker (ASW) is able to assist Aboriginal Women and their families who have experienced Domestic and Family Violence.
Our ASW will assist the client/woman before, during and after court and providing her with an understanding of the court procedure, ADVO’s, mentions and hearings.
The ASW can assist with referrals that are appropriate for herself and her family. This can be done at court by supporting her in the safe room on ADVO list days and hearings.
An outreach service is available to make easier access for her to discuss healthy and respectful relationships, safety for her and her family, and other issues that may be needed.
Koori Kids Play Group
The Menai Koori Kids Play group runs, Monday 10:30am – 12:30pm. This is a free playgroup open to Aboriginal families in the community.
There is time to play and time to share stories, paint, throw a ball and sing together. A variety of educational play experiences are provided both inside and outside for babies and preschoolers.
Fruit, sandwiches and refreshments (a healthy lunch) are enjoyed by the children and parents at morning tea time.
Little Koori Thinkers Homework Club
Little Koori Thinkers is an Indigenous Homework Group established to provide educational support to infants and primary school aged Aboriginal Children. With a focus on starting the afternoon with a healthy snack and boosting energy, the group provides a structured setting and essential materials for students to get a head start on their week’s homework. Qualified Youth Workers are in attendance, and can provide support and assistance as needed if students are having any difficulty understanding course material.
The Homework Club meets Wednesdays during school terms from 4-5pm at our Jannali Centre (90 Soldiers Road Jannali). This is a free service and afternoon tea is provided.