Projects

Communities for Children has identified several key outcomes we would like to achieve as part of the Communities for Children Action Plan January 2015 – June 2017. In order to achieve these outcomes, we have partnered with several key local organisations and agencies to deliver 7 funded projects.

These projects are:

Off To An Early Start (OTAES)

Delivered in partnership with City of Greater Bendigo. The aims of OTAES are to:

  • To enable children’s access to playgroups and pre-school through supporting families whose children do not or irregularly attend early years programs, pre-school and primary school.
  • To educate families on the need for and the importance of early years learning for pre-school children.

Supported Playgroup Project

Delivered in partnership with Bendigo Community Health Service. The aims of this project are to:

  • Support the number of supported playgroups in the City of Greater Bendigo through supporting agencies to develop and maintain supported playgroups for vulnerable children and families.
  • Maintain current supported playgroups delivered by the current BCHS C4C project and Baptcare.

Early Years Service Access Project

Delivered in partnership with Bendigo District Aboriginal Co-operative. The aims of this project are to:

  • To increase the participation rates of Aboriginal children and families in support services for children and families including universal services for children.
  • To build linkages between early years services and Aboriginal children & families.
  • To build the cultural competence of early years services and in doing so create cultural safety for Aboriginal children and families

Children’s Language and Literacy Project

Delivered in Partnership with Bendigo Health. The aims of this project are to:

  • To support the implementation of the Children’s Language and Literacy Plan in conjunction with the C4C Facilitating Partner and agencies.
  • To build awareness of children’s language and literacy needs amongst families experiencing vulnerability, Aboriginal families and within the wider community.
  • Develop processes and structures that ensure all families with newborns have access to information and resources to support their children’s language and literacy development.

Early Years Family Violence Project

Delivered in Partnership with the Centre for Non-Violence. The aims of this project are to:

  • To support the implementation of the Early Years Family Violence Action Plan in the early years sector currently being developed by the Centre for Non-Violence in partnership with Communities for Children.
  • Identify how early years services and programs can help address family violence through awareness raising, staff training and family support.

Family and Services Facilitator Project

Delivered in partnership with Noah’s Ark. The aims of this project are to:

  • To ensure that families and children have a voice in the development and implementation of early years services.
  • To build ongoing structures and processes for the input by and consultation with families and children.
  • To build the practice and processes for ‘warm referral’ processes in the early years sector.
  • To work with early years services in building responses to the needs of parents with a focus on their role in building parenting skills and capacity.

Child and Family Liaison Project

Delivered in partnership with City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Family Service agencies. The aims of this project are to:

  • To ensure that families with children aged 0 to 5 years who linked to family support services and child protection are supported in engaging with maternal & child health services.
  • To build a greater understanding across maternal child health services and family support services of the issues which are impacting on vulnerable families in accessing maternal child health services and other universal services.
  • To build ongoing structures and processes that ensures that the most vulnerable families involved with family support services and child protection are linked to maternal & child health services and other universal children’s services and vice-versa.
  • To develop professional linkages and training opportunities between maternal & child health services and family services/child protection.