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Forster Tuncurry

Home-Start Forster/Tuncurry

Co-ordinator:  Jennifer Anderson
Bridgepoint Building, F2A/1-9 Manning Street Tuncurry                 Ph: (02) 6554 5588
P O Box 68, Tuncurry  NSW  2428                                                          Fax: (02) 6554 5588
Email:  forster@homestartaustralia.org                                                Mobile:  0488 263 969

Home-Start Family Worker Services operates in Forster and Tuncurry
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The role of the Home-Start Family Worker.

Home-Start Family workers deliver programs and support services that promote positive 

approaches to;

  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Child and Family well being
  • Early childhood development
  • Early childhood education
  • Connecting with the community

Families can also be visited by a Home-Start Family Worker in their own homes, where it is sometimes easier for families to talk about and address their concerns about family life or parenting.  Home-Start encourages parents to recognise and build on their own strengths, enhancing their well being and the healthy development of their children.

 What happens when a family is referred?

Families can ask to become involved with Home-Start themselves or they may be referred by other services. Once a referral has been received the family worker makes an initial visit to the family. Together the family and the Home-Start worker develop a plan that will help the family to achieve their aims.

 All Home-Start workers take the position that families usually know what sort of help they need to  assist them in providing a safe and nurturing environment for their children.

 Families receiving the Home-Start Service:      are assured of confidentiality and privacy.

  •  are treated with dignity and respect.
  •  are not discriminated against for any reason.
  •  are encouraged to have input into the planning of programs
  •  are encouraged to participate in decision making.

 What type of programs does Home-Start offer?

In Forster and Tuncurry the Home-Start Family Worker Service offers:

  •    Professional home visits.
  •    Centre based visits.
  •    Parenting programs—Individual, groups and seminars.
  •    Parent Support Groups.
  •    Advocacy.
  •    Supported referrals 
  •    Assistance in accessing other community services and       resources.
  •    Information and guidance on issues such as:
                                1.          Child development
                                        2.          Healthy lifestyle choices
                                        3.          Life skills
                                        4.          Nutrition
                                        5.          Family and personal well being
                                        6.          Early literacy
                                        7.          Community Resources and service

Home-Start provides an environment where families have the opportunity to widen their friendship networks and connect with other community services. Often, Home-Start volunteer helpers support the workers.

If you would like to learn how you can make a donation to help Home-Start continue it’s work with families and children, click here