Family Support Service
What is the Family Support Service?
Family services provide a range of support to families with dependent children who are having trouble managing as a result of internal or external stresses of life.
They are PREVENTATIVE services with a focus on supporting families, strengthening and building on family members’ existing skills. Family services focus on encouraging and developing positive relationships within families and promoting environments which value, nurture and protect children.
A recent arrival in this country?
Just had a new baby?
Affected by family conict?
Having health, legal or financial problems?
Feeling stressed, lonely and in need of support?
In need of someone to advocate or speak on your behalf?
The Inner West Family Support Service provides:
A free service for families in stress or in crisis, with children under the age of twelve, living in the council areas of Ashfield, Burwood, City of Canada Bay and Strathfield.
Family Support can Offer:
Advocacy and referral, where families may be having problems dealing with other agencies.
Group activities. These may be courses to develop skills—in parenting, self-esteem, communication, relationships, play skills for parents and children, money management and household management, among others .
Self-help groups where people share experiences with other in similar situations. This may be helpful where people are experiencing the effects of, for instance—grief, sexual assault or domestic violence.
Specialist Mandarin, Arabic and Farsi speaking workers available.
Activities that help family members to get to know other people, to decrease social isolation and to build supportive networks within communities.
Outreach services available in some suburbs.
How can you make a referral?
Anyone can make a referral to this service. Just phone the Service on (02) 9744 1866
and ask for Family Support
When making a referral for a client, family member or friend, please first tell them what you intend to do, and get their permission before you phone us.