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

  • Child and youth mental health service (CYMHS)

    Support for vulnerable families with children and young people (0-18) who are showing early signs of or at risk of developing mental illness.

    Anglicare’s professional support staff work alongside young people, their families and carers to support the young person’s mental wellbeing.

    The program has a primary focus on children and young people while working with them in a whole of family context.

    Anglicare is focused on giving you choice and matching you with the staff person who best suits your needs and goals.

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    This is a free service offered throughout Southern Tasmania, Hobart and the Greater Hobart area.

    Referral process 

    To speak with one of our team members, you can:


    This program is made available primarily through funding from the Department of Social Services.

  • Family relationships counselling

    Helping people to establish and maintain healthy relationships

    If you and your significant other would like to work on your relationship, you can access the Family Relationships Counselling Service.

    Counselling can be beneficial for relationships. Whether you’ve just got together, been together a couple for years or are separated, working on communication is always worth the active effort. Counselling can help you to communicate better, manage emotions and become better parents.

    With a counsellor, you can also discuss your own family origins and the issues around repartnering and step-parenting.

    If you need to resolve sexual or intimacy issues or manage the end of a relationship, counselling can help you.


    Cost to you – Fees are charged according to ability to pay. As a guide, $1 for every thousand dollars of annual family income is the usual contribution per session. Clients who hold a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card are exempt.

    Serving Regions – Greater Hobart area

    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)

    Lisa and Shane’s story

    “We wanted a better relationship but we were arguing all the time. Sometimes we were just so mad that we wouldn’t talk at all. We were sick and tired and were thinking of separating. Because the kids were little, we didn’t have much patience or time. What else could we do? We were so unhappy and didn’t want anything to do with each other.

    We really needed affordable relationship counselling, so Family Relationship Counselling really suited what we wanted. We now try to interact more positively. They helped us to act like we were on the same team, and to set aside time to talk. We built more appreciation and respect. We are now able to discuss the issues that we disagree on and we try to spend more time together.

    We still have our moments, but doesn’t every couple? We’re better at working through them though, and we reckon the counselling saved us from an angry divorce. We’re more of a team now.”


    Funded by the Australian Government

  • 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.”


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

  • My safe and strong family

    Support for families with young children in the Derwent Valley.

    If any child in your family is under 12, we can assist you individually and as a group to access a range of supports, goods and services tailored to your needs.

    A Family Support Worker will provide you with the right support at the right time, in our local office or your home. We are funded to provide services in the Derwent Valley, Upper Derwent Valley or Central Highlands.

    We want to support you to develop your own safety and resiliency plan and participate in life in the community.


    Cost to you – Free service

    Serving Regions – Derwent Valley, Upper Derwent Valley and Central Highlands

    Referral process 

    Just give us a call on the number below, it’s free. Ask for the ‘My Safe and Strong Family Service’.

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

    Tracey’s story

    “When I was separating from my husband I felt weighed down and didn’t know what to do next. I knew where I wanted to be so that my three children and I can be a happy family again but didn’t know how to get there.

    My children had witnessed violence from their father but still loved him and wanted to see him and blamed me for the FVO (Family Violence Order). Our home didn’t feel like a home anymore and to move into a better frame of mind we needed to move somewhere else.

    With help from my Family Support Worker I was able to find a group where people with similar experiences met. I learned to weave my way through the Centrelink and legal systems with great financial and family outcomes.

    It makes me feel good to be able to say yes to the kids when they ask to have guitar and karate lessons; I know if I stick to a budget it’s do-able

    I also kept going back to Housing Department taking support letters from numerous service providers and medical practitioners until they must have realised that I wasn’t going to give up so they finally offered us a four bedroom rental property.

    I Feel like we have a fresh start and can become a happy family again

    Surviving the last 12 months has taught us that we can do anything

    My 11 year old was doing very well academically but his results had dropped and he had become disruptive in class and rude to his teacher. He did not want to see the school counsellor because “all the kids know and then give you a hard time”, so the Family Support Worker was able to organise for him so see a counsellor out of school hours.

    He says that he now has a greater understanding of what was happening for himself and the family, has fun time with his mother and brother, has arranged times to spend with his dad, attends PCYC  and has started Karate.

    My seven year old did not want to go to school  as he was bullied by older children at school. He also talked to the counsellor, which he found helpful, has started guitar lessons and sees his dad.

    My nine year old has Global disability and attends a special education school. She takes up a lot of my time and goes to medical and occupational therapy sessions after school. The Family Support Worker helped to organise residential respite one weekend a month and part Christmas school holidays and transport with wheel chair access to activities.

    My daughter says she enjoys the happier environment at home and improved sibling relationships.”


    My Safe and Strong Family is subcontracted through Salvation Army Tasmania, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

  • Parenting courses

    Parenting has never been easy, but it doesn’t need to be impossible. You can learn what’s worked for others and use it to help both you and your kids to grow together.

    It’s important to keep on learning as a parent because children change as they grow. Parenting courses are available at different stages of your child’s growth.

    • 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching helps parents to handle challenging behaviours in children 2-12  without resorting to arguing, yelling or smacking.
    • Engaging Adolescents provides parents with skills to address and resolve problems that arise with their teenage children.

    These short courses provide skills in emotional intelligence and engagement with adolescents. You’ll learn how to encourage good behaviour and provide discipline without fighting.

    The presenters for this course have completed Parentshop’s 1-2-3 Magic® and Emotion Coaching practitioner training.

    Parenting courses calendar



    Cost to you – These courses are free but do require a booking.

    Serving Regions – Greater Hobart area

    Referral process 

    1-2-3 Magic® and Emotion Coaching is designed for parents of children aged 2-12 years.

    Engaging Adolescents is aimed at parents of children over 12 years.

    These courses are run by a Parentshop® licensed practitioner.

    More information at the Parentshop site.

    Contact us on 1800 243 232 if you’d like to access this service.

    Emily’s story

    “I’ve got a daughter and a son. My little girl is pretty shy. I can’t seem to get her to open up to me. I get really nervous that she’s angry, or upset. Truth is, I can’t actually be sure one way or another.

    My son’s a different story. He used to be my little angel, but now he’s a real challenge. It’s not like he’s a bad kid, it’s just that as he’s growing up he’s trying to figure out how to be a grown man. He gets moody and angry, and we just can’t communicate.

    Completing the parenting course helped me to understand my children better. I had been guilty of getting too worked up, and I have learnt how much better our family life is if I can remain calm. I also recognise now that I was talking way too much, and cluttering up their heads. Things are improving.”


    Funded by the Australian Government

  • 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.


    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.”


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

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