More than 400 breastfeeding counsellors volunteer on the Breastfeeding Helpline each month, answering as many as 6,000 calls.
As breastfeeding mothers themselves, they know that breastfeeding may not always seem easy. They can provide reassurance and give you knowledge about how breastfeeding works and help in overcoming common hurdles. Counselling is available free to all callers.
Breastfeeding counsellors are all trained volunteers. All have breastfed at least one baby and have completed a Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education (or equivalent) through the ABA. Counsellors are continually updating their breastfeeding knowledge and skills through ongoing training.
DIDSS offers peer support* that aims to provide help and hope for separated dads and their families.
You can talk with someone who has personally experienced separation… and discover what it might take for you to get through it!
Defence Family Helpline now open for business:
From 27 February 2012 Defence families seeking advice, support or connection with their local community can call 1800 624 608.
EDuCARE Support Service
EDuCARE Support ServiceEDuCARE aims to provide education and support to all carers regardless of age. The i-care Young Carer Project is a part of this program and targets Young Carers aged 8 – 18 years.
EDuCARE Support Service is a non for profit service and is part of the Carer Support Program of Hunter New England Local Health District. EDuCARE aims to provide education and support to all carers regardless of age. The i-care Young Carer Project is a part of this program and targets Young Carers aged 8 – 18 years. More Information: Carers can be parents, family members including siblings, friends and neighbors, who may care for a few hours, a week or all day every day. They provide support to a person with a disability, or a chronic medical condition, mental health related issue, drug and alcohol or is frail aged. EDuCARE services Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Lower and Upper Hunter areas. The aim of the program is:
To improve the health & wellbeing of all carers.
To increase the responsiveness of health professionals to the needs of carers.
The i-care Young Carer Project provides Young Carers/Siblings aged 8 -18 years with support and information. The Project is an early intervention and support program which provides a safe forum for Young Carers to validate their lived experiences; explore their strengths and weaknesses; increase self-esteem; encourage friendships; provide respite from their caring role; increase access to services; have fun and enjoy being a child. This is being achieved through a variety of methods including Camps, Peer Support Groups, Life Skills Workshops, Resources, One Day Activities and Family Days.
Firstchance is a not for profit organisation which operates both Early Childhood Intervention and School Aged Programs. Firstchance runs its programs with a combination of government grants, parent fees and money raised through fundraising activities.
All Firstchance programs have a family-centred approach to the provision of services. We operate according to the philosophy that all children should receive the best possible opportunities to promote optimal development. The family-centred focus requires that all aspects of the program operate in the context of viewing the child as part of a family whose goals, needs and preferences are to be respected.
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Food Care & Clothing Care
Food Care & Clothing CareCheap groceries and clothing care packs are available …
Cheap groceries and clothing care packs are available for those on a pension card or health care card, or those in genuine need.
Christian Outreach Centre, Salamander Bay.
Every Wednesday & Thursday 11am to 1pm.