Empower Families is an Outreach & Engagement Management initiative of Bridging the Gap in Kwinana. We work with families in Kwinana who have children between 0-12 years of age to help you connect with the unique resources, relationships and services in the Kwinana community for the purpose of improved health and wellbeing.
Empower Families is a mobile service that is able to ‘come to you’ or meet in a cafe. We also have offices in the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, upstairs from Dome Kwinana
We can connect you to:
Individual, couples, children’s’ or family counselling
Support Groups/ Social Networks
Financial Assistance/ Emergency Relief
Community Events and more.
Empower families is one of 7 Communities for Children (CfC) Community Partners in Kwinana KEYS, NGALA, RELATIONSHIPS AUSTRALIA, NOONGAR WELLBEING & SPORTS, BRIDGING THE GAP, UNITING CARE WEST . CfC is funded by the Department of Social Services and facilitated by THE SMITH FAMILY . For more information about Communities for Children in Kwinana, see the Communities for Children Portal here
The CfC objectives are:
Healthy young families- supporting parents to care for their children before and after birth and throughout the early years.
Supporting families and parents- support for parents to provide children with secure attachment, consistent discipline and quality environments that are stable, positive, stimulating, safe and secure.
Early learning- provide access to high quality early learning opportunities in the years before school; provide early identification and support for children at risk of developmental and behavioural problems; assist parents with ways they can stimulate and promote child development and learning from birth.
School transition and engagement- support children and families to make a smooth transition to school and work with local schools to assist children and families with their ongoing engagement with school
To create strong child-friendly communities that understand the importance of children and apply this capacity to maximize the health, well-being and early development of young children at the local level.
Consultation and supporting data have identified the need in Kwinana for:
An outreach strategy to engage with families who are ‘hard to reach’, to ‘come alongside’ and empower them to support each other to access services.
For service providers to strengthen their collaboration, especially with organisations who currently support children and families who are ‘hard to reach’, and
For service providers to develop, and enhance the appropriateness and accessibility of their service delivery.