For Parents & Families 

Supporting parent and families to meet their challenges is a fundamental part of what we do. Our aim is to help you become stronger, more resilient and better connected with your community in the process.

Services For Parents & Families

Communities for Children

A range of programs and initiatives to support the wellbeing and development of families in Cranbourne.

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Financial Intermediary

Helping you manage your support funds to ensure you get the maximum benefit easily.

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Contract Case Management

Helping people with disability, mental health issues, age or illness and injury to build resilience and independence.

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Facilitation and Planning

Personalised assistance with planning and accessing appropriate services.

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Continence Support Scheme

Continence assessment and support in purchasing continence products for children.

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Behaviour Management

A program to improve understanding of emerging behaviours and how to reduce them.

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Kids on Track

A schools program to help children understand anti-social behaviour and make better choices.

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Building Harmony

Bringing students of diverse faiths together to work on embracing cultural diversity.

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Transitional Accommodation & Support

Support for families who are homeless or facing eviciton.

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Mums & Bubs

A support program for young single mums facing homelessness.

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Victims Assistance Program

Support for victims of crime in southern metropolitan Melbourne and Gippsland.

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Support for Families at Risk of homelessness

Support for families to establish or maintain accommodation.

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Placement Prevention Counselling

Support for children and young people at risk of harm or permanent out of home placement.

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Counselling

Confidential support to help families and individuals manage trauma or difficulties that have arisen following sexual assault or family violence.

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Family Services

Support for families facing issues that are affecting the growth and development of their children and family as a whole.

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Engaging Families

Helping families experiencing family violence plus substance abuse or mental health issues to re-establish themselves and function as a family unit again.

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Youth Employment Pathways

Help young people to reengage in employment pathways.

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Support Coordination

Helping people with disability, mental health issues, age or illness and injury to build resilience and independence.

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Carer & Parent Training

Whether you are an experienced carer or new to the role, everyone can benefit from learning more about being a good carer. As a parent, family member, or friend - being the primary carer can at times be challenging and it is okay if you need additional support.

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Group Programs For Parents & Families

123 Magic Parenting

What: 3 week program to assist parents manage difficult behaviour in children

Who: Parents with children 2-12yrs

Where: Narre Warren and Pakenham

A 3 week program to assist parents to manage difficult behaviour in their children by incorporating the use of 1-2-3 Magic techniques. Increase your knowledge about what works in managing difficult behaviour and get better results with less effort and stress.

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (LivingWorks ASIST)

What: How to recognise and respond to people who may be at risk of suicide

Who: Educators and teachers, club and community members, health professionals, managers and front-line service staff

Where: Narre Warren

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Fairhaven Supported Playgroup

What: Supported playgroup for children and their families

Who: Families living in Cranbourne with children up to 5yrs

Where: Cranbourne West

A supported playgroup for children and parents to have fun together with live music, singing, dancing, instrument play, morning tea and culturally diverse events.

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Parenting after Separation

What: Helping parents to support their children adjust to the separation

Who: Parents who have separated

Where: Narre Warren

A 4 week program designed to help parents to better understand the effects of separation on their children and learn useful strategies for helping children to adjust

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Parenting - A Simple Approach

What: Assisting parents to better understand their children and manage challenging behaviours

Who: Parents of children 3-16 yrs

Where: Pakenham

Better understand your child and how to manage challenging behaviours with simple solutions to make parenting easier.

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Resilience for Life

What: Interactive program learning positive ways to deal with problems, stresses and life changes

Who: People 18 years and older

Where: Pakenham

Held each week over four weeks, each 2 hour Resilience for Life program sessions is designed to help you learn positive ways of dealing with day to day problems, life stresses and changes.

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School Skills Workshops

What: Practical, enjoyable activities to prepare your child for school

Who: Children (and their parents) planning to start school next year

Where: Berwick

Through this program your child will be exposed to a range of activities relating to early numeracy, literacy, communication and motor skills to help them build confidence, develop positive attitudes towards school and provide you with simple, fun ideas for skill development at home.

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Understanding ADHD

What: A 5 week program to understand ADHD, its impact and management tips

Who: Parents and Carers of children with ADHD

Where: Narre Warren

Coping with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) requires changes in daily life and routine, and takes patience and effort from every family member. Our 2 hour introductory workshop will help you to understand a child’s world, decrease anger and reduce anxiety and provide ways to help you recognise and acknowledge children’s positive qualities.

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Feeling is Thinking

What: An 8 week program about expressing emotions and building relationships

Who: Children between 8 - 11yrs

Where: Hampton Park

A safe environment to provide primary school-aged children with the opportunity and skills to manage their feelings appropriately and establish and maintain positive relationships.

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Little Rays Supported Playgroup

What: A supported playgroup for children with family interaction

Who: Children aged 0-6 years living in Cardinia, who are eligible for Early Intervention services

Where: Berwick

We provide a developmentally enriched environment for children to play and learn. Activities are designed specifically to accommodate all abilities in a welcoming and supportive environment and Little Rays is a wonderful opportunity to have some play time with your child and chat with other parents.

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Women Managing Anger

What: 6 week program for women who want practical strategies and support to take control of their anger

Who: Women

Where: Cranbourne West

A 6 week program for women who want practical strategies and support to take control of their anger.

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Healthy Women Healthy Relationships

What: A 7 week program that assists women to identify and understand the dynamics and impact of family violence and understand the meaning of healthy relationships.

Who: Women who have experienced a family violence situation

Where: Narre Warren

A six week program that Assist women to identify and understand the dynamics and impact of family violence and understand the meaning of healthy relationships. Safety, Trust, Hope, Respect, Love, Equality, Independence, Choice

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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 within Cranbourne

Where: Cranbourne

Having a child with ADHD can be challenging, exhausting and emotional. Parents face issues on a daily basis regarding this hidden disability. Our support group provides you with the opportunity to share your experiences, stories and knowledge and be supported by other parents who truly understand the struggles of life that families and their children go through every day.

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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 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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Parenting Lost in Translation

What: A four week program for families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Who: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) parents and carers.

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A four week program for families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

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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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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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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 a highly regarded and well-researched program that supports parents to develop and enhance their parenting skills, focusing on building the relationship between parent and child.

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Young Parents Education Program

What: A Young Parents Education Program which reconnects young parents to access the VCAL in a supportive and flexible environment

Who: Young Parents aged 15-20 yrs old

Where: Cranbourne

A Young Parents Education Program which reconnects young parents to access the VCAL in a supportive and flexible environment

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