Children and Parenting

Pet care

Pet ownership offers unconditional love, companionship and emotional support, however,  it can also come with addional and sometimes unexpected financial cost. Pets in the Park and Pets of the Homeless are chatitable organisations run by volunteers, to assit people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiening homelessness, with the financial cost associated with owning a pet. 

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Assistance with Financial Hardship

Financial problems can affect anyone, there are a number of support services avaliable to help with financial difficulties. These include: 

  • Financial Counselling
  • No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)
  • Utilities assistance 


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Technology & Communication

Information on where to find a free public phone & access to libaries with WIFI, charging hubs and computer access. 

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Hygiene Services

List of services that have access to: 

  • Showers 
  • Washing machines &
  • Dryers 
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Emergency Relief

Emergency relief is available to anyone experiencing hardship. The Eastern Region Community Meals & Emergency Relief Guide list services avalaible in the:

  • City of Booroondara
  • City of Knox
  • City of Manningham
  • City of Maroondah
  • City of Monash
  • City of Whitehorse 
  • City of Yarra Ranges
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2020 Ardoch School Costs Guide

The Ardoch School Costs Guide is intended to support parents, carers and those who care about children’s education and ensure that children have everything they need to learn and realise their potential. While the aim of this guide is to help inform you about the different costs of education and assist you to manage these, we believe that the personal role you play in supporting children to learn is the most critical.

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State Schools' Relief

State Schools’ Relief is a not for profit organisation that supports the needs of underprivileged Victorian government school students by providing new school uniforms, shoes and educational resources. We work side by side with all Victorian Primary, Secondary, Special Developmental and Language schools to ensure that any students facing hardship have the necessary clothing and appropriate footwear for school.

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EACH’s Integrated Therapeutic Community (ITC) Programs

EACH’s Integrated Therapeutic Community (ITC) runs customisable term based programs for participants aged 16-25 years across 19 beds, 10 in Box Hill South and 9 Wantirna South.

These interactive group programs provide a space where young people can engage in supportive environments whilst exploring proactive ways to manage their mental health and develop independent living skills.

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What Is COVID-19? And How Does It Relate to Child Development?

This infographic explains the basics of what COVID-19 is, and what it can mean for stress levels in both children and the adults who care for them, and supporting families beyond.

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Supporting Children and Parents during COVID-19

We've collated a list of useful resources to help parents and children during COVID-19. These include tools for parents to help children undersatnd the virus and activities to help them whilst isolated at home. 

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Learning from Home: Information for Parents and Carers

This factsheet provides advice, tips and resources to help you support your child’s continuity of learning from home.

To increase physical distancing across the population and prevent the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), children in government schools will move to remote and flexible learning and care at the commencement of Term 2.

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Support for children not at school during the Covid-19 outbreak

Statewide Childrens Resource Program have collated a list of activity ideas for families whose children might be at home from school either now or in the future. 

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TRAK Forward Program - Therapuetic Recovery for Adults and Kids

The Inner East ‘TRAK Forward’ Program (Therapeutic Recovery for Adults and Kids) is a collaborative partnership between Anglicare Victoria, Drummond Street and Relationship Matters.

TRAK Forward offers a range of therapeutic interventions to support the recovery of people, including children, who are moving forward away from the impact of Family Violence. TRAK Forward applies a trauma-informed, phase based treatment framework.

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Meeting the cost of education

Developed by the Council of single mothers and their children, this information sheet provides suggestions on assistance available to help parents meet the cost of their children's education. 

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St Kilda Mums

St Kilda Mums

St Kilda Mums can provide everything a family needs to welcome their baby home from the hospital. This could include a cot, pram, car seat, bouncer, breast pump, change mat, toiletries, nappies wipes, clothing and linen, books, toys and many other essentials from an extensive list of 66 items.

All goods are distributed by Maternal and Child Health Nurses and social workers from more than 250 partner agencies across Victoria.

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New Telstra Top-Up Program - complimentary $30 recharge

Infoxchange and Telstra have partnered to offer the Telstra Top-up program, which provides a complimentary $30 recharge to those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and/or family violence.

The program is now available to specialist housing providers via Infoxchange’s SHIP, CIMS and SRS case management systems across Australia. Any client of these eligible providers who is impacted by homelessness and/or family violence can access the free recharge, provided they are a Telstra pre-paid mobile phone customer.

This new method of distribution replaces the program previously known as the “Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile Recharge Program”. This program involved the distribution of physical recharge cards and formally ended on 30 June 2019.

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Level Playground

Level Playground is a project for parents, caregivers and early childhood educators that provides helpful information and activities to support them in the day to day work of raising children free from gender stereotypes. 


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Anxiety in Young Children (4-8)

Fearful and anxious behaviour is common in young children, especially as they come across new situations and experiences.

Most children learn to cope with different fears and worries; however, some children react more quickly or intensely to situations they find threatening and find it hard to get their anxious feelings under control.

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Calm Toddlers, Happy Parents

In this parenting session, we will discuss some of the underlying reasons why challenging toddler behaviour occurs and explore respectful ways to set clear limits while maintaining a loving connection, which in turn will result in day to day life becoming calmer and happier for the whole family.

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Get together - a guide to what's on at Community Houses across the outer east

A brochure listing over 200 activities, programs, groups and events conducted at the 30 community houses across the Outer East of Melbourne. A great way of letting people know about the amazing range of programs that are available to the community, including support activites and food services.

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EACH - The Grand Parenting Group

The Grand Parenting Group is a facilitated, open group, held monthly for grandparents. It’s an opportunity for grandparents to get together, connect with other members of the community, and share grand parenting stories and ideas in an open, caring and respectful environment. Time: Monthly, ongoing from March 2019.

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New Energy Rights to Help Customers from 1 Jan 2019

From 1 January 2019 energy customers have new rights that help them to pay their energy bills. To explain what the changes mean the Energy and Water Ombudsman has created some useful resources including a new videofactsheet and webpage.

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LifeCare Women's Centre

LifeCare Women's Centre is part of Crossway LifeCare, a community services organisation passionate about helping people in tough places flourish.

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Surviving Parenthood - Building Connections
  • What is discipline?
  • Why doesn't punishment work?

Do you want to:

  • Help you and your child cope with change in a chaotic world?
  • Establish positive relationships with your children?
  • Develop strategies to manage anger?
  • Talk so your kids will listen?
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Talking Teens

A Parents Building Solutions Program - Parentzone

Do you want to:

  • Help your teen cope in a chaotic world?
  • Improve your teens skills in problem solving and resolving conflict?
  • Stay connected and communicate better with your teen?
  • Manage your own anxiety and anger?
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Tuning into kids

Emotionally Intelligent Parenting - Parentzone

Would you life to learn tips and strategies to:
• Be better at talking with and understandingyour child?
• Help your child learn to manage their emotions and deal with conflict?

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Growing Resilient Children

Parentzone - A Parents Building Solutions Program for parents of children aged 2 to 10 year

Help your child cope in a chaotic world?
Improve your child's confidence and self esteem?
Deal with anxious feelings?
Help your child to cope with change?
Develop strategies to manage anger?
Communicate better with your child?

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Parentzone - Parenting Workshops

Come along to these five Parents Building Solutions workshops to learn strategies, share stories and take some time out for you!

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Bringing Up Great Kids

Bringing up Great Kids is a Parenting Program using mindfulness and reflection to support parents as they review and enhance their patterns of communication with their children. 

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Sringboard - 16 to 21 year old's

Intensive case management support assisting in the areas of education, training or employment with a flexible approach

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New Family Violence support group starting soon at the lifecare women’s centre

We are seeking referrals for our new support group commencing in Term 4, on Thursday 11 October.

Target audience* 

  • Single mothers with a history of domestic/family violence (intimate partner)
  • not currently in a crisis (unless sufficiently supported by other services)
  • women who are feeling ready and motivated to commence their healing journey
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Beginnings Playgroup

Free supported playgroup for families connected with Anchor

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Lets Talk About Teenagers - Parentzone

Come along to this session to learn strategies, share stories and take some time out for you!

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Growing Resilient Kids

A Parents Building Solutions Program for parents of children 3 to 13 years - Parentzone - Anglicare 

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CHAMPS MAT Life Skills Program

CHAMPS (Children and Mentally Ill Parents) is a peer support program for children of parents who have a mental illness or mental health issues. 

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The MAT Life Skills program

The MAT Life Skills program is for children aged 8 - 12 years who have a parent with mental health issues, including children who do not live with their parents.

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The Crew - for young people aged 16-25

A group for young people aged 16-25 who may be disengaged from school, community and peers. 

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Wild Wednesdays Journey - Bush adventure Therapy Group

Headspace Knox, in Partnership with EACH Youth and Family and the WILD Program are looking for young people between 15-18 years of age, who have high anxiety/low mood, to participate in an 8-week personal journey, concluding with a 5 day wilderness journey.

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Victorian Youth Week - Grant applications open

Young people looking to organise events for the first Victorian Youth Week 2018 can now apply for grants to help kick start their plans, Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos has announced.

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Footsteps - a group for Mothers and babies who have experienced family violence

Uniting Wesley with Safe Futures Foundation and Yarra Ranges Council is delivering a therapeutic group for mothers and their infants who have experienced family violence. The group is for women of any age and their infants up to 8 months of age (exceptions considered).

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EACH Youth and Family Counselling Team

The EACH Youth and family counselling team, in partnership with Headspace Knox, provides free counselling support to children, young people and their families who live, work, study or play in the City of Whitehorse, Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges and surrounding areas.

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Little Sunbeams Playgroup

The program is designed to support women and children who have children between the ages of 12 months-5 years old, and who have experienced trauma associated with homelessness and family violence.

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Cool Kids

Cool Kids is a therapeutic group for primary school children who have had experiences of family violence and/or homelessness. 

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Seeking Safety - healthy relationships for young women

Presented by Uniting Wesley and Safe Futures as part of the Resilient Kids Resilient Women Program, Seeking Safety is aimed towards young women, and developing healthy relationships with themselves and others.

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Being Boys

As part of the Resilient Kids Resilient Women Program Uniting and Safe Futures are facilitating this educational group for grade 5/6 boys, with a focus on developing healthy and respectful relationships.

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Resilient Kids Resilient Women: Family Violence Therapeutic Interventions Project

Uniting Wesley, alongside the Safe Futures Foundation, EACH and the Australian Childhood Foundation, provide a range of therapeutic responses to support women and children who have experienced family violence.

This is one of 26 Family Violence Therapeutic Intervention Demonstration projects funded across Victoria as a direct result of the recent Royal Commission. 

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The Goodlife Farm

Lesley Porter founded The Goodlife Farm to help young people who’ve suffered the kind of abuse and neglect that scarred her own childhood.

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The Babes Project - for women facing crisis pregnancy

The Babes Project is rewriting the motherhood experience for women facing crisis pregnancy; The Babes Project establishes pregnancy support services and accommodation for women and children in the perinatal period, throughout Victoria.

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Positive Parenting Telephone Service

This free telephone support service is designed to support grandparents caring for grandchildren, fathers and rural families.

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Lead the Way - Psychology and Animal Assisted therapy

With a range of skills and treatment modalities available to clients, our psychologists are equipped to work with a wide variety of issues, from relationship difficulties to school problems and mental health concerns.

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