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Healthy Parents, Thriving Children

All families deserve stability and security to help every family member thrive.  For most families, this comes easily. For others, it’s a huge challenge.

The families attending First Step are vulnerable, struggling with financial hardship, unemployment, debt, mental health problems, drug or alcohol abuse, social isolation or special needs. For those with dependent children, this can impact their parenting capacity and their children.  

These parents need support and guidance to do better for themselves and their children.  They need a circuit breaker.

“The Women’s Space at First Step is a place where female staff support and empower female clients in a truly unique, compassionate and multi-disciplinary way.  Thanks to the Victorian Women’s Trust we will be adding financial counselling into that service mix which has been the most common request from our clients. This will have a huge impact particularly in the areas of family violence, child rearing, Centrelink issue and budgeting.

At First Step we believe that everybody deserves every chance to turn their life around, and women who can do that will maximise their own children’s ability to (as they say at the Women’s Trust) ‘take up all of life’s opportunities with respect safety and dignity”

– Patrick Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer

Organisation: First Step
Grant Type: Small Grant
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2018-2019

First Steps’ Healthy Parents, Thriving Children initiative incorporates group parenting program Tuning into Kids, developed by Melbourne University, with ongoing financial counselling sessions delivered by First Step. Guided by a mental health social worker and a counsellor, parents are encouraged to share thoughts and ideas, helping each other to develop new strategies and insights into how to best parent and respond to the emotional needs of their children.

Back to 2018 grants

A special thank you to the Phyllis Connor Memorial Trust for supporting this project.

Grants 2018-19

Pink Warriors
Grants

Pink Warriors

Helping young newly arrived young women at Bendigo Kangan Institute.

Homeless Mothers and Babies Program
Grants

Homeless Mothers and Babies Program

Supporting young mothers and their babies to come home from hospital to a richly supportive environment with live-in carers.

Financial Literacy for Woman
Grants

Financial Literacy for Woman

Extending the number and diversity of women who can access and benefit from support in financial literacy.

Breaking the Cycle
Grants

Breaking the Cycle

A holistic approach to recovery that supports girls who have experienced sexual exploitation, physical, domestic or sexual abuse.

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