Funded by the federal Department of Social Services, we are the Communities for Children Cranbourne Facilitating Partner. We have been working with the government as a Facilitating Partner for over a decade and continue to work with and facilitate community programs, providing funding and grants throughout the year.
As a local community organisation, we work closely with the community right across the greater Cranbourne area, consulting with a wide range of community stakeholders including schools, community groups and families to determine the specific issues and needs of the Cranbourne community. From our assessment the most critical priorities include:
Read our 2020-21 Communities for Children Cranbourne Achievement Report to find out more about the successes and outcomes from the programs that we have provided funds.
Communities for Children Cranbourne, in conjunction with our Community Partners, grant community groups with funding that aims to build capacity and capability in disadvantaged families living and working across Cranbourne. These programs support the wellbeing of Cranbourne children by working alongside families and our local Cranbourne community to help build their strengths. We do this in two ways – with programs that focus on both parents and children.
We work with groups and programs that utilise an evidence informed approach that builds capability in parents and caregivers, so their children will be stronger for it. We provide funding for programs that focus on:
Through facilitated playgroups and opportunities for greater community connection we work with you to help engage and develop your child to improve behaviour and social engagement. Our Communities for Children Cranbourne Community Partner programs can help to improve:
Through their Community for Children funding, our community partners can see the impact their programs are making to the people and families of Cranbourne. Genuine changes have occurred for example:
We are currently partners with a number of community organisations who coordinate and run the following programs. These include:
Baby Makes 3
'Baby Makes 3' is a 3-week evening group that helps couples maintain a healthy relationship after the arrival of their baby. The program helps parents to: Understand what it means to become a parent and the impact it may have on their relationship, develop a greater respect for each other's roles and improve communication and share their experiences and hear from others who are going through the same journey. Dinner provided.
Family Ties is a new program that supports families through a positive approach to children’s mental health and wellbeing in the home. The twice a term 2-hour evening sessions are presented by a mental health professional who will support parents/carers in understanding a range of mental health topics, provide strategies on how to support children’s wellbeing, along with some self-care strategies for parents/carers. These adult audience sessions are open to those with school aged children in the wider Cranbourne community.
School Attendance Support Program (SASP)
The School Attendance Support Program (SASP) supports primary school aged students who have been identified as being ‘at risk’ of school disengagement across a number of Cranbourne Primary Schools. SASP works with families, children, schools, and other relevant professionals to explore and address barriers to a child’s school attendance and support sustainable change. Parents/carers will be supported to plan together and gain skills to assist their child to connect with school.
Bounce Back for Mothers and Children - including Parent Child Mother Goose (PCMG)
During school terms, this 3-hour weekly parenting program supports migrant and refugee mothers and their children with:
Woodbine Community Pre School Centre: Parenting in Australia
During school terms, this weekly 2-hour group provides migrant and refugee mothers a safe space to engage in parenting conversations, and explore topics about women and children’s wellbeing, healthy and respectful relationships and employment pathways. In addition, mothers also enjoy creative self-care activities, along with supported and fun activities for children 0 – 5 years.
During school terms, this 2-hour weekly group program supports migrant and refugee mothers and their children from birth to five years in playful learning games, conversational reading and caregiving strategies that support early childhood learning and development.
Koorie Kids Homework Club (KKHC)
The Koorie Kids Homework Club (KKHWC) offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families the opportunity to meet weekly, in a co-designed program that includes homework related activities and a cultural focus on engaging children and their caregivers.
Facilitated by an Aboriginal VACCA trainer and a qualified Aboriginal tutor, children and families will be supported to build their knowledge, connection to community, culture and learning skills, as well as connections to and engagement with Elders in their community.
I like, like you - Upper Primary (ILLY UP)
Adapted from the successful 'I like, like you (ILLY) secondary school program', ILLY Upper Primary (ILLY-UP) in-school program introduces grade 5 and 6 children to the knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote healthy relationships.
Tuning Into Kids (TIK)
Tuning in to Kids (Tik) is a 6 to 8-week group parenting program focusing on the emotional connection and positive communication between parents/carers and their children. Several groups are available across the wider Cranbourne area for:
Dates and times vary.
For more information head to Our Partners pages.
Our Community Partners are currently running a number of services and programs. These include:
School Attendance Support Program (SASP) aims to support children and their families to improve primary school attendance.Find out more