Parenting from the Heart
Parenting from the Heart project is funded to June 2014 by the Department of Family, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The project aims to create partnerships with government and non government organizations and offers various beneficial workshops, training and activities for community members, parents, children and bilingual workers from CaLD backgrounds.
The program encourages social inclusion for vulnerable 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 and Merriwa.
Multicultural School Holiday Activities and Play Groups/Crèche
A series of Multicultural Playgroups/school holiday sessions are offered with activities highlighting the traditions of the different participants including songs, music and dances, play and tactile art and craft.
The aim of these sessions is to involve parents and children in a creative environment.
Culture Specific Parenting Sessions
Parents from different communities 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
Multicultural Family Support Programs
These sessions assist women and families experiencing social isolation and other domestic issues and offer a range of information sessions in the areas of nutrition, education and physical health. The sessions are complimented with craft activities such as sewing, knitting, cooking and art therapy.
Culturally Appropriate Swimming lessons
Water Safety education and First Aid lessons for CaLD women and girls promote physical safety and recreational enjoyment while encouraging wider community inclusion.
These open forums, held every few months, 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.
A Crèche is available at all the programs,
bicultural workers are available to assist participants and a free interpreter service is available through Translating & Interpreting Services (TIS) when required.