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Families are the primary relational unit of society and the principal source of belonging and care. But, amazingly, there has been no national voice in Australia of parents, families and carers. Every industry and sectional interest in the country has a national voice to get in the ears of government, business and journalists, except the most important – families.
In recent years, the voice of parents, families and carers has been getting weaker, not stronger. In NDIS, families of people with disabilities are more marginalised than ever. In schools, the voices of parents are still rarely sought on anything other than fundraising. The number of sole and separated parents is growing rapidly, without adequate representation and support. Grandparents are playing a greater caring role, without recognition and assistance.
We bring together parents, families and carers from many different sector areas which are usually treated as stand-alone silos by governments and services. The following areas are our key ones because relational and familial issues are critically important to well-being in these areas, yet the voices of parents, families and carers in these fields are muted:
Relationship stress and family breakdown
Sole and separated parents
Blended and step families
Early intervention and early years development
Education and schools
Alcohol and drug issues
To join Parents Families Carers click here. (There is no cost to join).
For the Statement of Purpose of Parents Families Carers: click here.
For the Website: click here.
Family-Friendly Communities is an initiative which aims to recreate a ‘village’ in neighbourhoods, towns and localities in which to raise a child or care for others across generations.
We are interested in neighbourhoods, towns or localities in which a critical mass of interested parents, families and carers come together to create mutual supports for themselves. These may be small or big: they may comprise playgroups, baby-sitting clubs, or lone parent support groups; or they may try to solve a local safety or childcare or transport problem; or they may connect elderly people living alone with young people nearby.
They may use tools such as Circles of Support, Peer-to-Peer Mentoring, or HomeShare; or they may focus on weekly shared meals or other informal connections. But the aim in every activity is to build personal and social relationships, intentional networks of support, and reciprocal forms of care.
We would like to hear from individuals and organisations around the country interested in developing Family-Friendly Communities (FFC) in their locality.
We’d also like to hear from organisations, businesses or services who may like to support or host a Family-Friendly Community in their locality.
Register your interest in participating here.
Empowered Parents Families Carers
Empowered Parents Families Carers is an integrated model in family and children’s services based on person, relationship and family-centred supports.
It is an opt-in scheme whereby parents, families and carers form their own local Hubs to develop mutual assistance and a Circle of Support for every parent/family, and design person, relationship and family-centred services on a regional basis.
Each local Hub is led by a Hub Convenor and Team Leaders, being parents, families and carers who exercise a leadership and facilitation role in their Hubs (separate from management). Each Hub has four functions:
a. assist participants to develop mutual peer-based supports and a Circle of Support around each parent/family.
b. contribute to design and development of person, relationship and family-centred services on a regional basis;
c. broker and/or purchase services from providers and practitioners, and assemble these in personalised, participant-directed formats; and
d conduct parent/family-led evaluation.
The management of each Hub is undertaken by a licensed Hub Operator, which may be a community organisation, a services organisation or network, or a management company. The Hub Operator holds and manages finances on behalf of its Hub.
A tech platform enables participant-controlled information and financial systems, consolidating data from every meeting, decision and transaction between participants and service providers, and functioning as a participant-controlled budgeting, transaction management and reporting tool.
We’d like to hear from organisations, businesses or services who might like to host a Parents Families Carers Hub in their area.
Register your interest in participating here.
Stakeholder consultations for organisations interested in our Empowered Parents Families Carers model will be held in Sydney on 21 February 2018 and in Melbourne on 26 February 2018.
CLICK HERE to register for these consultations.