Our Programs

Family Support Network offers the below programs for free. Our Summary of Services brochure is downloadable here as a 440KB PDF file. If you would like to join our mailing list to receive information about our programs then please click here

Parenting Groups

Parenting Groups in 2018

Parenting Groups can help you build a positive relationship with your child, understand what motivates their behaviour and improve parent-child communication.

Please join our mailing list so we can email you about upcoming events including groups in Nimbin and other locations.

 

Engaging Adolescents with Gudrun

Thursdays  15 & 22 February, 1 & 8 March 2018. 10am to 12.30pm.

How to have those ‘tough conversations’ with your teenager while deepening and strengthening
your relationship. For parents & carers of teens. Held at 41 Wilson Street, South Lismore. RSVP to 6621 2489.

 

Triple P with Gudrun

Tuesdays February 13th, 20th & 27th. March 6th & 13th 2018.  10am to 12.30pm.

Triple P can help you:
- Build a positive relationship with your child.
- Help your child develop to their full potential.
- Use discipline strategies that work. 
- Take care of yourself as a parent.

This group is recommended for parents & carers of chilldren aged 2 to 12 years.  
Held at 41 Wilson Street, South Lismore. RSVP to 6621 2489.

 

We offer a range of Parenting Groups each school term, including Triple P, Circle of Security, 123 Magic, Bringing Up Great Kids and Tuning In To Kids. You can download our Group Summary here as a 440kb PDF file.

What parents are saying about our Parenting Groups:

“I have learned how to listen to my children. I have made different choices as a Dad.
Counting and time out are working well.”

“We got positive feedback and validation about our parenting and will continue working with what we have learned.”

Triple P Parenting: Online

Triple P Online is ideal for busy parents who are time poor and want help managing the ups and downs of raising kids. The parenting strategies introduced in the course are most relevant for parents of toddlers, pre-schoolers and children up to 12 years.

There are eight modules which are a mix of video clips, worksheets and activities. They only take around 30-60 minutes each. Plus you can choose to sign up to receive podcasts, emails and text reminders.

You can choose when and where you log on. You can access the program on your mobile phone, lap-top, computer or tablet – night or day! Triple P online is available for all families living in the Lismore, Kyogle and Richmond Valley Council areas. Please phone 6621 2489 to sign up or for further information.

What’s in the course?

  • WHAT IS POSITIVE PARENTING
  • ENCOURAGING BEHAVIOR YOU LIKE
  • TEACHING NEW SKILLS
  • MANAGING MISBEHAVIOR
  • DEALING WITH DISOBEDIENCE
  • PLANNING AHEAD TO PREVENT PROBLEMS
  • MAKING SHOPPING FUN
  • RAISING CONFIDENT, CAPABLE KIDS

Start Together Program

What is the Start Together Program?

This new program offers support for parents of children 0-3 years old to help them achieve their developmental milestones. Start Together focuses on each family's strengths, capabilities and skills. Our Start Together team share knowledge, ideas, activities on:

  • Ways parents and carers can provide exciting, inexpensive educational experiences for babies and children
  • Using everyday experiences as learning opportunities
  • What to look for and expect as children grow and develop
  • Ways to help children develop a love of books and stories
  • Setting realistic limits for children's behaviours
  • Our Baby Group is running in Lismore (linked 200Kb Word document). Bring your baby up to 12 months old, meet other parents and share your experiences. Share our activities that encourage baby's development and early learning through play.
    Lismore Babies Group runs during school term on Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm.

More detail about Start Together is available in the pdf brochure 800Kb  Here.
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Child Youth & Family Support Program

Family jumping into waterProvides parenting support, education, home visits, group programs, information, resources, advocacy and referral for families in Lismore local government area with dependent children 0-17 years old.  Our Family Workers recognise the uniqueness of each family and offers emotional and practical assistance to families seeking extra support and information to strengthen and maintain parenting and family relationships.

Read more: Child Youth & Family Support Program

Nimbin Playgroups

Family in countrysideOur Nimbin Family Centre offers an informal, safe, child friendly space for families with children 0-5 years in the Nimbin area to: meet with other families, obtain parenting information, and support each other. Our friendly staff at Nimbin runs Playgroups on Tuesday & Friday, organises regular information sessions, parenting support and education. One-on-One Family Work is available in Nimbin and surrounding areas by appointment on Thursdays.
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Tailored Family Support Program

 FSN is pleased to announce that we are now offering a customised Family Support Service (on a fee for service basis) called the Tailored Family Support Program.

This service is available in the Richmond River, Kyogle, Ballina, and Lismore LGAs as well as certain parts of the Byron LGA. This service is primarily intended for the more complex cases similar to those of the existing EIPP Family Intensive Services. However it can be scaled back to suit client needs.

The service has been developed in response to a gap that exists locally in service delivery between the low needs services such as Child Youth & Family Support and the abovementioned Family Intensive Services. This service is guided by FSN’s recently developed Pro Active Case Management Framework, and can be tailored to the particular needs of the clients in terms of transport requirements, visits to specialist services and the like.

The usual practices such as intake, client assessment, goal setting and case reviews are all part of the service. In addition detailed reports can be provided in formats specific to the needs of your agency. You can determine and control costs by setting the amount of hours spent with the client as well as frequency of service. We can work with clients for as long -or short- a period as you (the purchaser) feels necessary.

A typical example of how the service would work:

  • The service would commence with an initial meeting with a FaCS representative and/or client to discuss the client’s needs.
  • FSN staff will then do our own intake and assessment (based on our Strengths and Needs Tool).
  • FSN will then develop a case plan.
  • FSN will then commence activities such as home visiting and referrals. The frequency and length of home visiting can be by agreement with FaCS.
  • FSN will carry out referrals to other services where required and provide logistical support such as transport.
  • FSN will then conduct a case review.
  • FSN will also develop an exit plan when the time is right. This could include a step down to a less intensive service.

For more information or to arrange Tailored Family Support, please contact Helen at Family Support Network on 6621 2489.

 

Coming Events

Christmas Day public holiday
  Mon 25th - Tue 26th Dec/2017
    12:00 am - 12:00 am

Boxing Day public holiday
  Tue 26th - Wed 27th Dec/2017
    12:00 am - 12:00 am

New Year's Day holiday.
  Mon 1st - Tue 2nd Jan/2018
    12:00 am - 12:00 am

Triple P
  Tue 13th Feb/2018
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Engaging Adolescents
  Thu 15th Feb/2018
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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