BLACKTOWN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE

A free service for parents, families, with children and young people 0-17 years of age, who are experiencing stress and/or relationship difficulties that impact on their ability to parent effectively. Family Support is an early intervention service, child-centred and parenting focused.

Where: 58 Orwell Street Blacktown, Aboriginal Catholic Services,
Holy Family Parish Grounds, Emert Parade, Emerton.
Contact: For appointments, phone Natalie Jacobi (02) 8843 2530.
Email: Natalie.jacobi@ccss.org.au or linda.davis@ccss.org.au


Intensive Family Preservation Service is offered to families referred by Community Services in the Blacktown LGA. We provide specialised case management working closely with FACS and counselling support.

Where: 58 Orwell Street Blacktown
Contact: Phone (02) 8843 2530
Email: linda.davis@ccss.org.au


HIPPY is a two year, home based, early learning and parenting program for families with young children. HIPPY encourages a love of learning, maximises chance of enjoying and doing well at school, promotes language and listening skills and developing concentration, builds self-esteem and improves relationships between parents and children.  Children work through weekly or fortnightly packs of play-based, educational activities with their parents and family.

Where: Aboriginal Catholic Social Services, 252-254 Luxford Road, Emerton 2770 (Enter through Emert Parade).
Contact: Linda McDonald, Aboriginal HIPPY Coordinator
P: (02) 9628 0084  M: 0499 840 089


Financial Counselling provides support, information, and advocacy to enable people in situations of financial difficulty to develop the understanding, skills, knowledge and confidence to explore their options and return to a situation of financial sustainability.

Financial counselling is a free and confidential service. The financial counsellors are professionals who have an extensive knowledge of a range of areas of law and policy, including consumer credit law, debt enforcement practices, the bankruptcy regime, industry hardship policies and government concession frameworks.

From time to time, many people find themselves struggling to buy food, pay the rent or mortgage and can be juggling numerous debts. If you’re in this situation, a financial counsellor can help you understand your options so that you can get back on your feet. Financial counselling and consumer education can help you:

  • To review your budget and assist with putting together a moneyplan that builds capacity to live within your means;
  • Understand consumer issues such as consumer rights, provision of service related to utilities and information about hardship arrangements
  • With advocacy and negotiations with creditors and other organisations;
  • To complete or respond to legal or court documents;
  • Provide information about insolvency and bankruptcy.

Knowing that times of financial difficulty can put great stress on individuals and family, financial counsellors are specially trained in counselling skills to listen and explore with clients their current circumstances and to look forward and improve situations with goal setting and skill-building to generate awareness of longer term capabilities and outcomes.

Financial literacy workshops and consumer education sessions can also be arranged for groups at schools, medical centres, libraries and community service locations. Please contact us for more information about the group education sessions.

PENRITH FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE

Penrith Family Support Service is a free service which aims to empower and strengthen parents, families, with children and young people 0-17 years of age, who are experiencing stress and/or relationship difficulties that impact on their ability to parent effectively.

Family Support is an early intervention service, our practices are evidence based, child-centred and parenting focused.


Where: St Nicholas of Myra Parish Centre, 326 High St Penrith (entry from Higgins Lane)
Contact: For appointments phone Natalie Jacobi (02) 8843 2530, for more information phone (02) 8843 2580
E: Natalie.jacobi@ccss.org.au or  linda.davis@ccss.org.au