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Home-Start-Southern Tablelands

Home-Start Southern Tablelands

Co-ordinator: Jennifer Brown
204 Bourke St, Goulburn                                                                           Ph:  (02) 4823 6600
P O Box 177, Goulburn  NSW  2580                                                        Fax:  (02) 4823 6655
Email:  goulburn@homestartaustralia.org                                            Mobile: 0427 466 847

This office and mobile number are attended - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Here are the new participants in the Goulburn Home-Start Volunteer Preparation Course. This training is funded through a grant from the Federal Government (DSS) as well as from Inger Rice, Goulburn Workers Club and Goulburn Soldiers Club.


Thank you to Goulburn Workers Club and Goulburn Soldiers Club for supporting our Southern Tablelands programs.
These Grants mean that our volunteers will be able to help more local families.

Great celebrations in Goulburn...  as we congratulate the latest volunteer graduates

Welcome to our new Co-ordinator Jennifer Brown

If you are finding this difficult to read, try this link - https://www.dropbox.com/s/gbcrsxxlzp1g55g/Doc1.pdf?dl=0

Farewell and good luck to Carmel Flood who has been our fantastic co-ordinator.  All the best with your future ventures Carmel.  You will be missed


Home-Start Southern Tablelands

In Goulburn Home-Start offers a volunteer home visiting service to families with  young children.  Raising  children is a rewarding experience but it can also be quite challenging; especially for parents with little or no support close by. Home-Start provides support for parents in raising their children during the early years. Experienced and trained volunteers offer support, friendship and practical help to parents with at least one child under eight years.  Volunteers visit the family in their own home on a regular basis, helping parents to grow in confidence and strengthen their social relationships. Support from Home-Start can help prevent everyday family difficulties from becoming serious and long-term problems. A professional Home-Start co-ordinator links families with a trained volunteer. All Home-Start volunteers are supported and supervised by the Home-Start co-ordinator.                             


Flexibility, fun and an imaginative approach are keynotes of Home-Start visits that can focus on issues such as

  • Parenting
  • Life style skills
  • Family communication and relationships
  • Child and family well being
  • Early childhood development
  • Early literacy
  • Connecting with the community
  • Building Social Networks of Support

Who can receive support from Home-Start?

Home-Start is available as a free service to any family who is experiencing difficulties in their parenting role or who lacks support in raising their children. Families can receive support from Home-Start for many reasons, for example parents may 
  • be new to the area and lack support
  • be learning how to cope with a new baby
  • be isolated or feeling lonely
  • be very young and inexperienced
  • have a child with a disability
  • have twins or triplets
  • need assistance in accessing other community services
Each family unit is unique, so the assistance that Home-Start offers, is tailored to suit their individual needs. Home-Start support often compliments but does not replace the work of professional service providers from the community such as Child and Family Health Nurses or Child and Family counsellors.

Supported Playgroup and Social Support Activities
Home Start Wingecarribee works in partnership with the Goulburn Tafe's Early Childhood Department to provide a Supported Playgroup for children 5 years and under each Tuesday morning during school terms. 

Home-Start celebrates family life with
   social activities such as picnics in the
   park, Christmas parties and other
   informal get-to-gethers. The Home-
  Start Newsletter provides families and
   volunteers with up to date and 
   relevant information on issues such as
   child development, nutrition and 

News and Events
In 2012 Home-Start Southern Tablelands will be celebrating it's 10th year operating in the Goulburn district. Watch this space for news about our special Birthday Celebration

Goulburns' Hidden Treasures
Home-Start Southern Tablelands has many treasured
volunteers. In 2010 four of Home-Starts long standing volunteers were recognised and placed on the annual honour roll of the Industry and Investment NSW Rural Women's Network known as "Hidden Treasures" The purpose of the "Hidden Treasures" honour role is to recognise and pay tribute to the many women who are actively volunteering within the local regional community. 
Home-Start's four "Hidden Treasures", Brenda Writer, Robin Kensit, Colleen Day and Jan Bof have been actively involved with the Southern Tablelands Home-Start Program since 2003.Over this time they have supported 22 families in the Goulburn, Crookwell, Gunning and Taralga areas. 
Home-Start would like to the "fabulous four" who represent all of the Home-Start volunteers, for their dedication, friendship, their warmth and commitment to the program and all the families that they have supported over the years.

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