Voice of the Family Project

The Voice of the Family project supports the creation of ongoing structures to ensure that the voices of families and children are heard, and included, in the design of local early years service models. C4C have partnered with Noah’s Ark to develop and explore processes for consultation with families and children about their needs/ideas for the delivery of early years services and family support services in Bendigo.

Project Aims

  • 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.

Project Actions

  • Work with early years services and programs including targeted family support services providers to review current approaches to engaging and working with vulnerable families.
  • Support the development of ‘warm referral’ practice guidelines and processes across the early years sector.
  • Arrange practice workshops and conversation circles across the early years sector with a focus on family engagement.
  • Conduct consultation with families and children with a view to gain feedback on the current delivery of services for families and for the development of ongoing family consultation processes.

Connecting with Culture Toolkit

  • Noah’s Ark Inc Bendigo and Communities for Children Bendigo are working with members of the local community to create the Connecting with Culture on Dja Dja Wurrung Country Toolkit. This evolving toolkit aims to guide and support services to be welcoming and respectful to Aboriginal families and engage meaningfully with Aboriginal Culture, focussing on local connection and perspectives. 
  • Connecting with Culture on Dja Dja Wurrung Country video is included in the toolkit and can be viewed below. It has been developed through our work in listening to the voice of Aboriginal families and sharing their experiences to influence system and practice change.
  • You are welcome to share the video with your networks via your service electronic media, at staff, volunteer and family meetings where appropriate. Where possible please add the following words to any website, electronic or social media posts when you share the video: “Noah’s Ark Inc and Communities for Children Bendigo have created ‘Connecting with Culture on Dja Dja Wurrung Country’ – a short video which aims to guide services on ways to provide welcoming and respectful spaces to Aboriginal families and engage meaningfully with Aboriginal Culture, focussing on local connection and perspectives. The information contained in this video relates to Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Please learn more by visiting  http://c4cbendigo.com.au/. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this video may contain images and voices of deceased persons.”

  • Services are invited to include the video in workplace inductions, at professional development sessions and on internal screens such as in waiting rooms. Please make contact prior to sharing this way as we can offer additional resources to support this. 

    Related Documents

Hearing the Voice of the Family – Throw Away the Book 2017

Connecting with Culture on Dja Dja Wurrung Country Toolkit – coming soon

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Lonergan
C4C Voice of the Family Project Worker
Amanda.Lonergan@noahsarkinc.org.au
p: 0438 486 953

Michele Totterell
Noah’s Ark Manager
Michele.Totterdell@noahsarkinc.org.au
p: 1800 819 140