Sippy Downs Parents Connect is an initiative led by Caloundra Community Centre and the SDDCA, delivered under Caloundra Community Centre’s Caloundra & Hinterland Family Support Program and the SDDCA’s commitment to ensuring that local residents are aware and have access to any and all support services and resources available to them in times of need or simply wanting to be the very best that they can be. It’s also a great place to connect with other local parents.
Caloundra & Hinterland Family Support Program
Supporting families in Caloundra & the Hinterland Communities of Beerburrum, Glass House Mountains, Beerwah, Landsborough, Maleny & Mooloolah.
What is family support?
Caloundra & Hinterland Family Support Program provides a range of universal, early intervention programs to families with young children. This program offers a range of strength based family centred supports to families living in Caloundra & in Hinterland Communities.
The program offers:
- Volunteer Home Visiting Service
- Intensive Family Support
- A Range of Group Options for Parents and Children
- Parenting Education Strategies
By reinforcing parental capacity through skills, information & support, we aim to support parents to strengthen parent/child relationships and support positive change in family functioning.
We all know that parenting is a challenging & often sometimes overwhelming task. Some people have the benefits of family or friends in meeting these challenges. However, not everyone in the community is so fortunate. The program is committed to supporting families reach their full potential and optimal functioning through supporting parenting skills development & family relationships, building interventions that are non-threatening, flexible in approach & preventative in orientation.
HOME VISITING SERVICE
The Volunteer Home Visiting Program is a free service to parents with babies or young children. Families who choose to use the program and who meet the criteria are linked to trained volunteers known as community parents.
WHAT COMMUNITY PARENTS DO?
Offer a unique, non-threatening, friendly approach in their role supporting families.
Work alongside family members in an empowering way that reinforces family strengths
Listen and talk through options and possible solutions to family or personal problems
Offer ideas about handling stress and ways to learn to relax
Share ideas and skills about behaviour and child development, parenting & child related routines
Assist families to link into other support groups and community resources
Specialize in developoing caring relationships with families based on trust
INTENSIVE FAMILY SUPPORT
Offers professional support to families who are experiencing issues of a complex nature. This intensive professional support model is based on the family support worker working with families in the short term and working towards linkages with a Community Parent to work towards more long term goals.
PLAYGROUP & PARENTS GROUPS
Group environments are based on building social networks for parents & children, a meeting place with an informal atmosphere where parents can get to know each other and form relationships, a group that encourages each other and builds on activities that are fun & educational.
We offer a range of parenting courses in Caloundra and in The Hinterland Communities.