Services for parents + children

FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM 

The Family Support Program helps families with children from birth to 18 years to strengthen their relationships while increasing their resiliency, coping skills and ability to support their children.

The involvement of parents/carers and the needs and wellbeing of children are central to the planning of support.

We can help to

  • Build parent/child and family relationships.
  • Work through parenting difficulties and concerns.
  • Support life transition issues such as starting or changing schools.
  • Support children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Build parent and child resilience.
  • Deal with trauma.
  • Manage issues causing family stress such as financial difficulties, housing and unemployment.
  • Address challenging behaviours.

We work closely with children’s centres, pre-schools, schools and other services.

Short-term services

  • Information and resources.
  • Brief interventions.
  • Linking with other relevant services/supports.

Intensive support services

  • Intensive case management.
  • Family interventions and support.
  • Linking with other relevant services/supports.
  • Practical assistance.

Groups and workshops 

  • Programs to help children develop their social skills and increase their resilience.
  • Parenting programs.

Family Home Visiting 

We can provide support to children, young people and their families, when required.

Our visits provide:

  • Information and resources.
  • Parenting interventions and support.
  • Intensive case management.
  • Links to relevant to services and supports.

Eligibility

The Family Support Program is free for parents and families who live in:

  • The City of Charles Sturt (specific suburbs)
  • The City of Port Adelaide Enfield (specific suburbs)
  • The suburb of Ingle Farm.

*Engaging Adolescents is offered for a small fee outside of these areas.

The Family Support Program is funded by the Department of Human Services.

Activ8

A mental health and wellbeing program for young people in Years 6 to 9, who are showing early signs of, or at risk of, developing mental health concerns. Topics address values, belonging, identity, relationships, body image, resilience, coping and emotional regulation.

Service delivery 5 x 1.5 hours weekly. Can be presented to entire classes or targeted groups.

Big feelings and resilience 

Supporting parents to help their children deal with big feelings.

Service delivery 1 x 2 hour workshop.

Bringing up great kids 

Supporting families to improve parent-child relationships and build parenting confidence.

Service delivery 6 x 2 hours weekly.

Circle of security parenting 

Supporting parents to build stronger and more secure relationships with their children.

Service delivery 8 x 2 hours weekly.

Discovering the senses 

Connecting parents and children by focussing on the senses and their impact on children’s physical and  emotional development and mindful engagement.

Service delivery 5 x 1.5 hours weekly. 

*Engaging adolescents 

Providing parents with easy and practical skills to help steer their teenagers through adolescence to manage their emotional reactions and behaviours.

Service delivery 3 x 2 hours weekly.

Healthy lunchboxes 

Supporting parents with strategies to foster healthy eating habits in children.

Service delivery 1 x 2 hour workshop.

Parent-child Mother Goose

Using the pleasure and power of rhymes, songs and stories to strengthen attachment and interaction between parents and young children.

Service delivery 6 or 8 x 2 hours weekly.

Positive Parenting Program

Simple and practical strategies to help parents build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behaviour and prevent problems.

Service delivery 1 x 2 hour workshop.

Raising literacy 

A literacy focussed playgroup for children from birth to age 5 where weekly sensory play and art activities are based on a different children’s book.

Service delivery 5 x 2 hour workshops.

Sibling rivalry

 Supporting parents of children aged from birth to eight years understand sibling behaviours and assist them in learning simple and practical strategies to foster positive relationship in siblings.

Service delivery 1 x 2 hour workshop.

Sleep

Simple and practical strategies to help parents understand children’s sleep and the importance of healthy sleep routines for children aged from birth to eight years.

Service delivery 1 x 2 hour workshop.

Social skills 

Supporting children identified as having delays in their social development through a variety of teaching methods.

Service delivery 6 x 50 minutes weekly.  Can be presented to entire classes or targeted groups. 

Tuning into kids 

Helping parents to recognise, understand and respond to children’s emotions in an accepting and supportive way that in turn, helps children to understand and manage their emotions.

Service delivery 6 x 2 hour weekly.

What’s the buzz? 

A social skills enrichment program encouraging groups of primary school-aged children to develop skills in getting along with others. It uses direct teaching, role-playing, quizzes and lots of fun.

Service delivery 16 x 50 minutes weekly. Can be presented to entire classes or targeted groups.

Who’s in charge

Supporting parents of children aged 8 to 18 to help manage their child’s defiant or violent behavior and explore ways of increasing safety and wellbeing.

Service delivery 7 x 2 hour weekly.

Unplugged

Helping parents identify children’s problematic gaming and develop practical strategies to support healthier gaming and internet use.

Service delivery Delivered to schools as a two hour­ presentation. Can be delivered after-hours, to suit.

Child and Family Foundations Program 

We provide early identification for children at risk of developmental and behavioural problems and support and access to high quality learning opportunities. The involvement of parents/carers is central to the planning of support. We also provide parents with information about their child’s development and learning and support to gain parenting knowledge and skills. Additionally, we help connect families to social and community supports.

We can help with

  • Child development issues and concerns.
  • Behavioural issues.
  • Social skills and difficulties.
  • Parenting difficulties and concerns.
  • Social isolation.
  • Family stress for issues related to financial difficulties and housing.

Family home visiting 

We can provide support to children, young people and their families, when required.

Our visits provide:

  • Information and resources.
  • Parenting interventions and support.
  • Intensive case management.
  • Practical home assistance.
  • Links to relevant to services and supports.

Circle of sercurity parenting for fathers 

Supporting fathers to build stronger and more secure relationships with their children.

Service delivery 8 x 2 hours weekly.

Dale Street Playgroup

An intensive supported playground for pre-school children and their families.

 Service delivery 1 x 90 mins weekly.

Cafe Tuesday

A craft and peer support group for parents and carers of young children.

Service delivery 1 x 2.5 hours weekly.

Peek-a-boo club 

Therapeutic play, reflection and discovery in a safe space where mothers and infants, who have been exposed to significant levels of family violence, can form and consolidate healthy attachment patterns.

Service delivery 12 x 2 hours weekly. 

Sunday fun for dads and kids 

Fun and adventure in an environment suited to men and their children aged up to 12 years. Facilitated by a Fatherhood Worker.  

Service delivery 1 x 2 hours monthly. 

Unplugged

Helping parents identify children’s problematic gaming and develop practical strategies to support healthier gaming and internet use.

Service delivery 1 x 2 hour­ presentation. Can be delivered after-hours, to suit.

UCWB is funded to provide Unplugged to families with children in:

  • The City of Tea Tree Gully
  • The City of Port Adelaide Enfield (selected areas)

Unplugged can be offered outside of these areas for a small fee.

Eligibility 

The Child and Family Foundations Program is free for parents families in:

  • The City of Charles Sturt (specific suburbs).
  • The City of Port Adelaide Enfield (specific suburbs).

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

UCWB
Why choose us

We are committed to providing excellent customer service that informs, advises, and supports you to remain living independently in your own home. In a friendly and caring way, we will take the time to understand your individual needs, provide assistance, and listen to your ideas. We celebrate diversity and offer translating and interpreting services and AUSLAN interpreter services. We will respect your privacy. We will take all reasonable precautions to protect your information and will not disclose this to anyone unless you give us your permission (or we are required to do so, by law). We are continually looking for ways to improve our service and will always value your feedback.

Phone us

If you would like to speak with someone about our services for families, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 8245 7100. We are open on weekdays between 9am and 5pm.