The Family Support Program is funded by the Department of Social Services.
The program encourages social inclusion for women and families who are experiencing financial, social and physical barriers resulting from migration and settlement issues or dual cultural family relationship challenges. This program assists families with the invaluable work of bringing up children in a multicultural society. Ishar service delivery has been in the northern metropolitan areas with programs running from Mirrabooka, Merriwa and Banksia Grove. The project aims to create partnerships with government and nongovernment organisations and offers various workshops, training and activities for community members, parents, children and bilingual workers from CaLD backgrounds.
Multicultural Family Support Groups
These sessions assist women and families experiencing social isolation and other domestic issues and offer a range of information sessions in the areas of welfare issues, nutrition, education, physical health and parenting. CALD mothers are invited to discuss the challenges of parenting in two cultures, understanding and respecting Australian community institutions including the education system & legal system, as well as exploring strategies to improve parent-child relationships.
The sessions are complimented with a sewing activity at all groups, also a small knitting group with volunteer instructor at Mirrabooka.
Groups are held in:
- Mirrabooka – Friday 10:30am -2:30pm, Ishar, 21 Sudbury Road, Mirrabooka 6061.
- Banksia Grove – Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, Banksia Grove Community Centre, 14 Grasstree Bend 6030.
- Merriwa – Thursdays 10:30am-2:30pm, Community Centre, 16 Jenolan Way 6030.
Free Crèche provided at all groups.
TIS Interpreters provided as required for information sessions.
Women’s Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons at an affordable price, provided for women from CALD backgrounds. Water Safety education and First Aid Information Sessions for women promote physical safety for individuals and families, and recreational enjoyment while encouraging wider community inclusion. In partnership with Royal Lifesaving.
8 week program, 1 hour sessions, during school term. $40.00.
- Balga Leisure Centre – Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Corner of Princess Road and Balga Ave.
- Merriwa The Swim School – Wednesdays, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Off Marmion Ave, on Hughie Edwards Drive.
- Cannington Leisureplex – Tuesdays, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Corner of Wharf Street and Seven Oaks Street.
Free Crèche provided at all centres.
School Holiday Activities
School Holiday sessions are offered at Mirrabooka, Banksia Grove and Merriwa, with activities highlighting physical and tactile art and craft. Occasionally specialised activities such as animal farm, cooking lessons, human rights and anti-bullying sessions, children’s swimming lessons, and other educational activities for children up to 12 years old, are offered in collaboration with other service providers in the community.
Creche is offered with all Family Support Groups and activities, children are looked after by Bilingual accredited crèche workers. Various traditional multicultural songs and music, are incorporated into the play and tactile art and craft, activities which promote motor and physical development. The aim of these sessions is to involve parents and children in a creative environment.
These open forums, held twice a year, encourage an exchange of information between women from CaLD backgrounds, the wider community and mainstream services.
Self-Referral and Referral
Women may refer themselves or be referred from other service providers such as social workers, psychologist, employment agencies, child health nurses, friends and neighbours, to participate in programs offered by the Family Support Service.