The bestchance Parent and Child Support program plays a preventative and early intervention role by providing professional family assessment, personalised in-home support and assisted playgroup programs for parents with pre-school aged children residing in the City of Monash.
The program supports the needs of families with additional needs, including those isolated from extended family or community support, multiple birth and single parent families.
The aim of the program is to reduce social isolation and the stresses associated with parenting young children by providing opportunities for parents to become more socially active and to develop support networks within the community.
Families are referred to the program by their Maternal and Child Health Care centre or other health professional group.
The In-Home Support program utilises the skills and experience of suitably matched volunteers to provide support to young, local families in their own homes.
Volunteers assist by visiting families for a few hours each week. Their role may include assisting with bathing, feeding or care of children, accompanying parents to appointments or shopping, supervising children while parents enjoy time to rest or catch up on chores, or providing a parent with regular adult company and a good listening ear.
All volunteers receive basic training, ongoing support and have a current police-check.
The program’s supported playgroup meets weekly during school term and is run by an experienced playgroup co-ordinator and a team of volunteers.
An appropriate play program is provided to meet children’s developmental needs with activities and experiences catering to the differing ages within the group.
The playgroup provides an important link between the home and community for families with babies and young children, and gives both parents and children the opportunity to meet friends and socialise in a caring and supported environment.
If you would like more information about the bestchance Parent and Child Support program or would like to enquire about volunteering with this program, please contact Sandra Roberts on 8562 5100.