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Tumut Tumbarumba Gundagai

Home-Start Riverina  Tumut/Tumbarumba/Gundagai

Family Worker:  Catherine Buckle
Unit 13, The Connection, Wynyard St, Tumut                                          Ph: (02) 6947 6033
P O Box 638, Tumut  NSW  2720                                                                Fax: (02) 6947 6033
Email:  tumut@homestartaustralia.org                                                    Mobile: 0427 466 844

Home-Start covers Tumut, Tumbarumba and Gundagai Shires


Attention Tumut residents!
Home-Start has been selected as the local donation partner of the NSW Government's Return & Earn Scheme.
Anyone who returns an eligible drink container through the reverse vending machine will be able to donate to Home-Start Family Services (between 31 May and 26 August 2018)

Machines can be found at Woolworths.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible and can be printed at the machine.
For more information please visit https://returnandearn.org.au/ or phone 0414547781 for further information. myTOMRA Australia


Have a read of this great Pack N Stack Newsletter


Home-Start Riverina partnered with Easdowns Accounting Firm, Tumut Regional Family Services (including Cooee Cottage Men's Group) and the Anglican Church to make pumpkin soup for homeless and hungry people in Tumut, Tumbarumba and Gundagai Shires. 50 pumpkins were made into soup, or put in bags with the other ingredients required to make soup. This epic venture saw hundreds of litres of soup made for distribution to those people in our community who are doing it tough this Winter.

Along with soup, with cooperation from Landcare, firewood is being donated by community members and businesses, and is being bagged up by Home-Start families, for distribution to families and individuals who rely on wood for their heating. Pinecom, a local saw mill, has donated a truckload (approx. 6 tonne) of pine offcuts to supplement the hardwood that has already been donated.                                                                                                                                            Coordinator Sherise being interviewed 

                                                                                                                                        on Prime TV
Easdowns conducted a raffle, 
which was drawn on soup day by 
Tumut Shire Mayor, Trina Thomsen.

 Sherise and Jesmine from Tumut 
Regional Family Services with dueling wands      
                                      With Stan from Cooee Cottage 
stirring the soup

Home-Start is pleased to announce that a funding application to the Healing Foundation has been accepted. This small grant will allow us to hold an event to launch the Brungle Healing and Healthy Cookbook, which will be created and tested by Indigenous women from Brungle and the local Riverina area Home-Start Coordinator, Sherise Jory.  

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 wellbeing
  •         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 program planning 
  • are encouraged 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                                 
  • Parenting Information Programs
  • Infant Massage Classes                                                             
  • Busy Mums Boot Camp
  • Walking Groups
  • Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition Programs
  • Creative Kids - craft mornings
  • Young mums groups
  • Supported play groups
  • 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 worker.

Effective parenting, early

literacy, nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, community participation,  cultural awareness, fun and family well being are focus areas of 

Home-Start support. 


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


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