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Home-Start Riverina - Hay/Murrumbidgee

Home-Start Riverina - Hay/Murrumbidgee/Carathool

Co-ordinator:  Michele Harrington
397 McGregor St, Hay                                                                                    Ph: (02) 6993 1711
P O Box 5, Hay  NSW  2711                                                                         Fax: (02) 6993 1011
Email:  hay@homestartaustralia.org                                                       Mobile: 0429 882 578

Home-Start Nutritionist, Val Watson, has been delivering “Childrens Nutrition Workshops”. During the workshops parents can discussed topics such as “ Recognising and reducing high sugar foods’, “Better choices for children’s food and drink’, “Easy ways to read Ingredients Lists and Nutrition Panels”, and “Children’s Portion Sizes”. Parents discussed their own specific concerns and learned ideas and tips to deal with fussy eaters, and how to access the Home-Start Eat Move Live website for more practical help. Parents in Hay were very enthusiastic about the workshop and feedback showed that all participating parents ‘learned new helpful ideas about feeding their young children’. www.eatmovelive.com.au

Below: Val delivered a Children’s Nutrition presentation for the Young Mums Group at the Hay Hub It was very successful event with approx. 11 families and 14 children.

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

Here are some great photos here of children receiving awards from Michele Harrington and Val Watson presenting health and nutrition hints to Mums.
At Hay - 





In Darlington Point - Awards and Fun Physical Activities


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 and to participate indecision 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
  • 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

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.

We do have some families on the outskirts of the town and on properties that have been affected by the floodwaters 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