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Working with families expecting a baby, or with children aged up to 12 years, the Family Strengthening Service supports parents to access a range of services to give them the confidence and skills necessary to raise healthy, happy children.

MacKillop provides the program to families living in the rural NSW regions of:

  • Brewarrina (including Barwon 4 and West Brewarrina Reserves)
  • Coonamble (including Coonamble and Quambone)
  • Walgett (including Gingie and Namoi Reserves)

Our aim is to ensure families are connected to community-based services to support them and their child’s development. By working in partnership with other community agencies, we provide families with access to:

  • informal support groups and appropriate services in their local community
  • supported playgroups for the opportunity to meet other parents and share experiences and for children to socialise, play and learn in a structured and positive environment
  • services to ensure children have: physical, social and emotional skills appropriate for their age; and literacy and numeracy skills appropriate for their age.

How to access this service

The Family Strengthening Service is available free to families. Families can self-refer by contacting us directly or be referred by community groups or agencies.