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Home-Start Riverina Carrathool

Home-Start Riverina - Carrathool

Co-ordinator:  Michele Harrington
High St, Hillston                                                                                          
P O Box 201, Hillston  NSW  2675    
Mobile:  0429 882 578
Email:  hillston@homestartaustralia.org     

Home-Start covers the Carrathool Shire

Home-Start's Eat Move Live program conducted community days to promote healthy eating and activities for children.  Days were held in Hillston, Hay and Darlington Point.

Here are some photos from the Hillston Days.




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

 What type of programs does Home-Start offer?

Families can receive one-on-one support from a Home-Start Family Worker in their own home or they can participate in groups such as:

  • Parenting information programs
  • Books for Bubs or story time at the library
  • Walking groups
  • Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition Programs
  • Creative Kids — craft mornings
  • Young mums groups
  • Supported playgroups
  • Coffee mornings
  • Picnics in the park 

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

News and Events

Books for Bubs 

Carrathool "Books for Bubs" is an early literacy program promoting a literacy rch environment aimed to encourage positive interaction between young children and adults. 

The project is presents each baby born in the Carrathool Shire( about 50 babies a year) with a picture book, and then a new book each birthday for five years.The books are sent free of charge to the children enabling all families to access the project. Parents who encourage "live" language learning by reading to their children at an early age are providing them with a great head start as they enter into school.

We are grateful to Carrathool Shire Council for their contribution for the acquisition of books.

Murrumbidgee in Flood
Life in Hay is for the most part is back to normal after the flood event experienced across the Riverina in March this year. The stoicism and confidence of the Hay population was rewarded with Levee banks holding, and the town remaining virtually unscathed

"The Hay Shire Council, SES and other volunteer organisations did a marvellous job in keeping the town safe and attending to the levees as problems arose.
There are some families on the outskirts of local townships and on properties that have been affected by the flood waters and our thoughts and support are extended to them"  
(Extract from The Principals Report - March  Edition "Hay Happenings")

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