Family support gets boost

FAMILY support services on the Coffs Coast have a new spring in their step with a share of $7.6 million in federal funding.

The organisations give support to vulnerable families and children in our region and the windfall will help their vital work for the next three years.

The funds will be used locally at Dads In Distress; Aboriginal Family Wellbeing Service; Interrelate and its family centres; UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families; and Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, said the Government was helping deliver much-needed services in Coffs Harbour.

“With the Gillard Government’s investment, local service providers are able to continue providing vital support to the local community through programs that include parenting support and counselling for young people,” Ms Macklin said.

“We know that their work is having a positive impact on the lives of local people.”

The Family Support Program provides services in more than 2200 locations across the nation to support families, improve children’s well-being and safety and build more resilient communities.

Community organisations get funding to deliver services such as parenting skills training, relationship counselling and family law services.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services, Julie Collins, said the Government had consulted closely with service providers in developing the initiative.

“Local organisations have had their contracts renewed for three years, giving them greater certainty and allowing them to focus less on paperwork and more on providing essential support services,” Ms Collins said.

“The new Family Support Program provides more intensive support for vulnerable and at-risk children and families. The Gillard Government remains committed to delivering much-needed family support services for Coffs Harbour.”

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