Partner with us: Communities for Children Cranbourne

Windermere – Communities for Children Cranbourne Facilitating Partner

What does it mean to be a ‘Facilitating Partner’?

Funded by the federal Department of Social Services, we are the Communities for Children Cranbourne Facilitating Partner. We have been working with the government as a Facilitating Partner for over a decade and continue to work with and facilitate community programs, providing funding and grants throughout 2020-21.

As a local community organisation, we work closely with the community right across the greater Cranbourne area, consulting with a wide range of community stakeholders including schools, community groups and families to determine the specific issues and needs of the Cranbourne community. From our assessment the most critical priorities include:

  • Family violence
  • Supporting parents and children
  • Mental health/Emotional attachment
  • Literacy and language development
  • Disadvantage
  • School attendance and engagement

Read our 2019-20 Communities for Children Cranbourne assessment report to find out more about the successes and outcomes from the programs that we have provided funds.

What kind of programs does Communities for Children Cranbourne fund?

Communities for Children Cranbourne, in conjunction with our Community Partners, grant community groups with funding that aims to build capacity and capability in disadvantaged families living and working across Cranbourne. These programs support the wellbeing of Cranbourne children by working alongside families and our local Cranbourne community to help build their strengths. We do this in two ways – with programs that focus on both parents and children.

We work with groups and programs that utilise an evidence informed approach that builds capability in parents and caregivers, so their children will be stronger for it. We provide funding for programs that focus on:

  • Positive parenting strategies and techniques for mums and dads that help to build and maintain stronger and more positive relationships with children
  • Tailored programs to meet the needs of specific groups in our community including young parents, those from a culturally diverse background and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents
  • Support for parents with children with special needs, including ADHD, ASD and other sensory issues by providing parents with specific behaviour management strategies to help them understand what will work best and to cope and manage more easily each day.

Through facilitated playgroups and opportunities for greater community connection we work with you to help engage and develop your child to improve behaviour and social engagement. Our Communities for Children Cranbourne Community Partner programs can help to improve:

  • School attendance and engagement (for primary school children)
  • Social and emotional development, including for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD
  • Whole of family engagement including with other family members such as grandparents and carers and other children in your family
  • Support to help children and families move on and be safe from family violence.

Why Partner with Windermere

Through their Community for Children funding, our community partners can see the impact their programs are making to the people and families of Cranbourne. Genuine changes have occurred for example:

  • Increased social connections through playgroup sessions with bilingual support workers
  • Reduced isolation and increased communication through access to social media
  • Increased parent involvement in children’s lives through school activities that involve both parents and children.

For more information about Communities for Children Cranbourne contact the team on 1300 946 337 or enquire below.


Our Community Partners in 2020-21

We are currently partners with a number of community organisations who coordinate and run the following programs. These include:

Anglicare

Anglicare Victoria focus on transforming the futures of children and young people, families and adults. Their work is based on three guiding pillars: Prevent, Protect, and Empower. Their vision is to resource and empower children, young people and families to achieve their full potential.

Uniting

Uniting is a community organisation supporting over 2,000 people every week. We work on family strengthening and early intervention services for people in need. We make a practical difference in people’s everyday lives, giving them a better chance in life now and in the future.

Casey-Cardinia Libraries

The Cranbourne Information & Support Service Inc (CISS) provides free and confidential information, referral, and crisis support services to residents of the southern suburbs of the City of Casey.

Relationships Australia Victoria

Relationships Australia Victoria is a valued provider of specialist family and relationship services. We provide high quality, confidential counselling, family dispute resolution (mediation), services for those affected by family violence and mental health difficulties, relationship skills courses and professional training. Services are provided from 12 centres in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, and through a telephone counselling service.

Cranbourne Information & Support Service

The Cranbourne Information & Support Service Inc (CISS) provides free and confidential information, referral, and crisis support services to residents of the southern suburbs of the City of Casey.

Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-operative Ltd (DDACL)

DDACL is a community controlled organisation that is controlled by, and accountable to, the local Aboriginal people in the catchment. It is governed by a community elected Aboriginal Board of Directors. The programs provided by DDACL are holistic and culturally appropriate. The DDACL deliver gender-specific and culturally-tailored ‘Boys on the Bounce’ and ‘Girls on the Go!’ programs.

For more information head to Our Partners pages or the specific program pages listed below. 

Our Services

Our Community Partners are currently running a number of services and programs. These include:

Services Communities For Children Cranbourne

School Attendance Support Program (SASP)

School Attendance Support Program (SASP) aims to support children and their families to improve primary school attendance.

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Group Programs Communities For Children Cranbourne

Boys on the Bounce

What: A 10 week program that strengthens cultural, community and educational engagement

Who: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys in Grades 5 & 6 at Cranbourne primary schools

Where: Cranbourne

A 10 week program that strengthens Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys’ engagement with their culture, community and education.

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Girls on the Go

What: A 10 week program that strengthens cultural, community and educational engagement

Who: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Grades 5 & 6 at Cranbourne primary schools

Where: Cranbourne

A 10-week program that strengthens Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls' engagement with their culture, community and education

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Repair-enting

What: A structured group program for men who have completed a Men’s Behaviour Change Program Level 2 in the past year

Who: For dads who have used violence in their relationships

Where: Cranbourne

A program for men who have completed a men’s behaviour change program in the past year, and who are currently parenting children on a part or full-time basis, or are hoping to redevelop a relationship with their children.

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Tuning in to Kids

What: A 6 week program that focuses on building the relationship with your child

Who: For parents of children aged 0-12 years

Where: Cranbourne

Tuning in to Kids is an evidence-based program that supports parents to develop and enhance their parenting skills, focusing on building the relationship between parent and child.

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Balee Koolin Bubup Bush Playgroup

What: Supported playgroup for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families

Who: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children up to 5yrs living in Cranbourne , with their carers and families

Where: Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens

Set within a culturally safe and meaningful early years learning environment where Indigenous Elders, artists and cultural educators come along to share traditional cultural knowledge, stories and language with families in the bush playgroup.

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ADHD Support Group

What: Share your experiences and find support from other parents who truly understand the struggles of having a child with ADHD

Who: Parents of children living with ADHD currently living, working or schooling in Cranbourne

Where: Cranbourne

Having a child with ADHD can be challenging at times. Our support group provides you with the opportunity to share your experiences, stories and knowledge and be supported by other parents who understand the struggles of life that families and their children may experience.

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Beyond the Violence

What: An 8 week program helping families establish safety, rebuild relationships and move forward with their lives

Who: For non-offending parents and children who have experienced family violence

Where: Cranbourne

Facilitated by Anglicare Victoria, our 8 week program offer parents and children the opportunity to share and learn ways to cope with particular behaviours in age appropriate ways to encourage engagement.

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Baby Makes 3

What: A 3-week program to help first-time parents maintain healthy relationships during the transition to parenthood

Who: For first-time parents

Where: Cranbourne

Facilitated by Anglicare Victoria, our 3-week program helps first-time parents maintain healthy relationships during the transition to parenthood and provides the opportunity to share their experiences and hear from others who are going through the same journey.

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General Enquiry

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