Anglicare's support for children, young people and their families in the North

  • Communities for children

    Supporting and empowering communities of Launceston and the Tamar Valley to work together towards a positive future for our children.

    Anglicare Tasmania are a proud Facilitating Partner of the Communities for Children initiative in Launceston’s Tamar Valley.

    Funded by the Australian Federal Government, this national social movement insists a positive future is the birthright of every child, not just the fortunate few. By working together, all children in the Tamar Valley can be:

    • loved and safe
    • healthy
    • participating
    • learning
    • have material basics, and
    • grow up with a positive sense of culture and identity

    Join us in this important work by making contact: cfcevents@anglicare-tas.org.au

     

    Tamar Valley Communities for Children supports:

    • Programs: Local non-Government Community Partners to deliver programs that nurture children and families to trust, engage and thrive.
    • Community Committees: Six Community Committees collaborate to address urgent issues confronting their communities.
    • Community capacity building: Supported participation in programs and committees helps build skills and confidence of community members. Solutions and resources emerge and community ownership is integral.
    • Free Professional Development Conferences: This year marks the 6th Communities for Children Conference for those working with and for children across the state and beyond. International and nationally recognised speakers and workshops will be held in early March 2021, more information to come.

     

    Details

    Cost to you – Free service

    Serving Regions – Launceston and the Tamar Valley

    Download CfC Strategic Plan (Overview) 2020-25 Download CfC Strategic Plan (Detailed) 2020-25

     

    Referral process 

    Every Child Succeeds is for all community stakeholders – community leaders, politicians, business owners, investors, government agencies, community services, and the general community — anyone who cares about long-term, sustainable outcomes for children in Launceston and the Tamar Valley.

    Call – 1800 243 232 (free from mobiles and landlines in Australia)

     

    Funding 

    The Communities for Children Initiative is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit dss.gov.au for more information.

  • East coast emergency relief

    If you are living on the East Coast and experiencing an immediate crisis, the East Coast Emergency Relief program can help.

    Financial or material assistance includes food parcels, clothes and vouchers (such as for supermarkets, utilities and petrol). The service can also refer you to other services that can help you pay your bills or reduce your risk of being unable to pay your bills.

    Details

    Cost to you – Free service

    Serving Regions – East Coast

    Referral process

    Contact us if you’d like to access this service.

    Call – 1800 243 232 (free from mobiles and landlines in Australia)

    Funding

    The East Coast Emergency Relief Service is subcontracted through Salvation Army Tasmania, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

  • Home interaction program for parents and youngsters (HIPPY)

    Supporting you to be your child’s first teacher at home before they start school

    HIPPY is a home-based school readiness program for families with children who are turning four, enrolled in pre-kinder or kindergarten, and who live in and around Launceston. HIPPY tutors give you support and resources to create a fun learning environment in your home. You and your child spend ten to fifteen miniutes each week day doing enjoyable learning activities. The quality time you spend together doing HIPPY gives them a great start for their early years at school.

    You don’t need to be a trained teacher because our tutors are trained to help you every step of the way. They will visit you at home and show you how to do the HIPPY activities. There are group meetings where you can get new ideas about learning activties your child might enjoy, and also touch base with other parents doing HIPPY. Our tutors are paid, they are all parents who are doing HIPPY themselves and they work with you – not with your child.

    Find out more at the HIPPY website.

    Details

    Cost to you – Free service

    Serving Regions – Greater Launceston

    Referral process 

    Call the HIPPY coordinator – 1800 243 232.

    Hanna’s story

    “My little boy never used to sit down and listen to stories or finish any activities. But now that we have started this program I am so happy that he sits through and listens to all the stories from the HIPPY storybooks. He loves doing the activities from the activity packs and he has created masterpieces. I am also able to involve my younger son in the activities and learning is done effortlessly. I hope they’ll both be able to read and write a bit before they get to school.

    It’s given me a lot of confidence and I’m more connected in with the community. I’m thinking of doing some study when the boys go to school – maybe a part time course at university.

    I’m so happy we are with this program.”

    Funding

    HIPPY is funded through the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

  • Kids in focus

    If your family is affected by alcohol or other drugs, Kids in Focus offers support that helps you to focus on what really matters.

    Kids in Focus is a voluntary program that can assist families and children up to 18 years of age who are impacted by parental use of alcohol or other drugs.

    It supports you to make positive changes for yourself and your children.

    We welcome people who are culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and all families.

    Kids in Focus is a free service.

    To find out more, please call us on 1800 243 232

    Kids in Focus Flyer

     

    Referral process 

    Contact us if you, a family member or a client would like to access this service.

    Call – 1800 243 232 (free from mobiles and landlines in Australia)

    Belinda’s story

    “I was seeing a counselor and when I changed to seeing a Kids in Focus worker it made things so much better. I feel so supported.

    I know I can rely on the KIF worker. They never let me down or cancel. One of the best things is knowing that the KIF worker is there when I need them, even if it’s just a phone call. That really matters to me.

    I’ve been shown so much respect too. That helped me work through things myself. When someone believes in you it makes all the difference. 

    Three months down the track I can say that life is much better now. I’ve gotten through some trying times and I am really proud of where I am now.”

    Funding 

    Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit dss.gov.au for more information.

  • Pathway home

    Pathway Home provides assistance and support to help children return to their family home

    Pathway Home provides assistance and support to allow children to return to their family home. It’s for children and young people who have been in out-of-home care. They are referred by the child safety branches of the Department of Disability, Children, Youth and Family Services.

    It supports and assists families to ensure a stable family environment. Support is tailored to the needs of the child.

    Pathway Home provides:

    • family or one-to-one counselling
    • support to reintegrate children into the family unit
    • practical assistance such as helping parents learn more about nutrition, housekeeping, cooking and budgeting
    • information about Centrelink, Medicare and relevant government assistance
    • supporting parents and emphasising the importance of children feeling safe in the home.
    • information about other family-focused services such as playgroups, health centres and schools
    • day-to-day support including getting children to school, packing lunches and providing clean clothes

    Details

    Cost to you – Free service

    Serving Regions – Northern Tasmania and Northwest Tasmania

    Referral process 

    Referrals are only received via Child Protection Services.

    Call – 1800 243 232 (free from mobiles and landlines in Australia)

    Damien’s story

    “Damien was referred to the Pathway Home program to assist with the reunification of his four children. Child Protection Services had identified concerns about Damien’s emotional health in regard to dealing with crises and relationship breakdowns. There had been two incidents of Damien harming himself with the children present. There was concern about cannabis use and the stress Damien may experience parenting his four children, all entering adolescence.

    At the time of the referral to Pathway Home, Damien had begun to engage with Child Protection Services and he had unsupervised contact with his four children.

    A six-stage reunification plan was written up but before this could be put into place, the children were returned to Damien’s care full time. A ‘signs of safety’ plan was completed to take the place of the reunification plan and assist with Pathway Home involvement. During safe communication sessions all four children reported that they wanted to go home, and they wanted their dad to be okay.

    Contact between the family and the Pathway Home worker occurred at least twice weekly, including scheduled and unscheduled visits and phone calls. During the time Pathway Home was involved, Damien worked willingly with Pathway Home and numerous Child Protection Services concerns were addressed. Damien and the Pathway Home worker discussed the signs of a crisis and developed a safety plan for what would happen if he felt like harming himself.

    Damien worked on specific parenting strategies for teenagers such as consequences, boundaries and developmental stages. He discussed his own childhood trauma and began to work through this in a helpful way. He talked about family violence and anger, and the impact this has had on his children.

    He sought involvement from other support services such as personal counselling through the CAB program, budgeting and financial assistance with Family Matters, and he was supportive of the children having their own personal counselling with the school and outside support services.

    Fourteen months after beginning with Pathway Home, the Care and Protection Orders on Damien’s four children were lapsed, and all four remain in his care.”

    Funding

    Funded by the Department of Communities Tasmania.

  • Personal and family counselling east coast

    Personal and Family Counselling East Coast provides support and counselling for people in crisis.

    These may be children, adults, families or groups, people with a disability, people with drug or alcohol issues, or people experiencing family violence or other family tensions affecting wellbeing.

    Details

    Cost to you – Free service

    Serving Regions – East Coast

    Referral process

    Contact us if you’d like to access this service.

    Call – 1800 243 232 (free from mobiles and landlines in Australia)

    If you’re in immediate financial crisis and have no other means of assistance, you can also access the Emergency Relief Program.

    James and Kylie’s story

    “When we got married we were full of big plans, and our relationship is still going strong. We haven’t been so lucky finding work though, and we’ve always kind of been on the move from one place to another.

    When we got to the absolute end of our finances we just didn’t know where to go. The East Coast Counselling Service helped us with temporary housing and food assistance until we could sort out Centrelink payments.

    This saved us. I don’t know what we would have done. We can now make some concrete plans for our future together. We have our own home, and we are eagerly expecting our first child.”

    Funding

    Funded by the Department of Communities Tasmania.

  • Supported youth program (SYP)

    You can make positive changes in your life – and you don’t have to do it alone. Get the support you need to build your confidence, improve your relationships and take part in your community.

    If you’re between the ages of 10 and 18 and are looking for opportunities and a bit of direction, the Supported Youth Program can help you out.

    This service can provide you with support, counselling and mediation with your family if you need it. There are several ways you can get involved with education, training and community in a non-judgemental and safe environment.

    Who is the program for?

    The program works with young people who are identified by community or welfare professionals as having significant and/or multiple, risk issues, such as:

    • An unstable home environment
    • Disengagement with school
    • Experimentation with alcohol or other drugs
    • Difficulties fitting in socially
    • Being at risk of Child Protection or Youth Justice intervention.
    • Assessment and case management for young people entering the program is driven by an attachment and trauma theory framework.
    • It involves developing long-term intervention programs suitable for the young person’s stage of life and circumstances.

    How does the program work?

    The program will focus on developing new pathways for learning through:

    • Interacting with social and community resources, including agencies already involved
    • Access to youth friendly places for outreach
    • Be involved with groups or as an individual on activities and projects which promote personal learning.

    Details

    Cost to you – Free service

    Serving Regions – Northern Tasmania and Northwest Tasmania

    Referral process

    Anglicare’s Supported Youth Program in the North and Northwest of Tasmania works in partnership with key agencies and professionals to provide care and support for young people aged 10-18 years.

    Contact us if your client would like to access this service. Referrals to the Supported Youth Program can be made via Strong Families Safe Kids.

    Call 1800 000 123 (free from mobiles and landlines in Australia)

    Simon’s story

    “At school I was being bullied and kept getting into fights. I’d also had some run-ins with the police and was told I’d end up locked up if things didn’t change.

    At first I couldn’t talk about what had been going on at home. I didn’t know how to explain how I felt. But after a while I started to open up a bit about what had happened to me. That was a year ago.

    I’ve learned some ways to stop myself from getting into fights when I get angry or frustrated. I’m getting on better with my mum too. Things have changed a lot and I’m feeling positive about the future.”

    Funding 

    The Supported Youth Program is funded by the Department of Communities Tasmania.

  • Taz kids clubs and camps

    Camps and Clubs for young Tasmanians aged 7-17 who have a parent or guardian impacted by mental health issues.

    When someone in the family is struggling with mental health related issues, they’re not the only ones who feel the stress. Sometimes kids need a supportive environment where they can connect with other kids in similar situations.

     

    What are Taz Kids Camps?

    • Taz Kids Camps run during the school holidays
    • They run for 2 to 5 days.
    • They run at Camp Clayton in the North, and Camp Blue Lagoon in the South.
    • Camps give young people an opportunity to make new friends, be part of a team, get outdoors and have fun.

    What are Taz Kids Clubs?

    • Taz Kids Clubs run for seven weeks in Primary and High schools around Tasmania
    • They are a safe environment where young people can ask questions and learn information about mental health.
    • A place for young people to have fun, play games and learn coping and resilience
    • Clubs provide a peer group for children to better support each other

    Taz Kids also offer

    • Family days to aquatic centres, water slides, bowling alleys and skate centres
    • Parenting support and workshops
    • Newsletters
    • Leadership opportunities for teenagers
    • Promotion of positive mental health

    All Activities are provided free of charge and facilitated by qualified experienced staff from Anglicare.

    Details

    This is a free statewide service.

    Gr8MYnds: Mental Health Info with Young People in MYnd! is a new resource featuring information about a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, cyber-bullying, eating disorders and self-harm. This is a free download for your PC’s or smartphones and provides a fun and interactive way for young people to get as much info as possible so that they can get the help they need for themselves or someone else.

    Download Gr8MYnds

     

    Referral process 

    Contact us if you, a family member or a client would like to access this service.

    Call on 1800 243 232

    Ariel’s story

    “When mum was diagnosed with depression, she wasn’t doing too good. Some days, she wouldn’t even get out of her dressing gown.

    I was having trouble keeping up in school and the other kids were bullying me. I was sad and angry, just like mum.

    When mum decided to get help, she set me up with Taz Kids. The other kids there understood me, and it turns out they had been bullied too.

    We catch up at Taz Kids once a week and I reckon it’s helped me understand what mum’s going through.  I feel smarter and more confident. Mum’s happier to see me do better in school and to make new friends.”

    Funding 

    Taz Kids is supported by the Crown through the Department of Health Tasmania.

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