Northcott's support group can lend a helping hand to parents and carers as well as people with special needs.
Northcott's support group can lend a helping hand to parents and carers as well as people with special needs.

Northcott's Coffs Coast Social Support Group ready to help

FAMILIES who have primary school aged children in need of social support can now take advantage of a new group run by disability service provider Northcott.

The Coffs Coast Social Support Group is open to all local primary school-aged children, their parents and carers.

Northcott's Mid North Coast area manager Glenn Pearson said the need for a social support group was highlighted by a group of mothers who home school their children.

"The mothers felt that both themselves and their children were isolated," he said.

"They were worried that because their children did not attend regular school.

"They did not have the opportunity to learn how to interact with other children.

"Northcott's Social Support Group is aimed at providing a way for these families to be connected with their community."

He said parents and carers will be able to share ideas and strategies to better support their child, as well as connect and talk with other parents in similar situations.

"Northcott will provide information on upcoming workshops available to parents, including relevant computer classes and other courses.

"For the children, the Social Support Group will help them build new friendships and learn skills that will help them transition to the school system and interact with other children their own age."

The group runs every Thursday from 1pm at Boambee Memorial Hall for children aged between five and 12 years and there is no charge.

Contact Daniela Shaw on 0439 626 090 or Kari Buttle on 0405 401 870.



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