- Enhance individual and family functioning
- Improve family and community connections and build resilience
- Support, empower and resource parents to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children under the age of 18
- Work in a flexible, culturally sensitive and respectful way to provide a high quality service
Current group sessions:
Parenting After Violence - Wednesdays 15 May - 5 June 2019, 10.30am-12.30pm at Keon Park Children's Hub 1-7 Dole Avenue, Reservoir
Circle of Security - Wednesdays 17 July - 4 September 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm at Keon Park Children's Hub 1-7 Dole Avenue, Reservoir
Tuning into Teens - Tuesdays 12 November - 17 December 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm at Keon Park Children's Hub 1-7 Dole Avenue, Reservoir
Helping Children with Separation and Divorce - Wednesday 29 May 10.30am - 12.00pm at Preston Library 266 Gower Street, Preston
Bookings and Enquiries: (03) 8470 8018
Single Parent Families
Single parent families include families where there may be a mother or a father or even a grandparent raising children. These families may be experiencing additional pressure due to the stresses involved with raising their children, managing a household, working and keeping ahead of household bills.
Darebin Council has a range of services to assist single parent families. The following links on the website may be useful:
Supported Playgroups and Play Maps - FamilySupport
Free Exercise - Get Active in Darebin and Darebin Leisure Centres - Sport and Leisure
School Holiday Program - Childrens Services
Youth Programs - Youth
Families with Disabilities (NDIS) - PeoplewithDisability
Emergency Relief and Financial Assistance in Darebin - HealthandWellbeing
Financial Assistance for Single Parent Families
Single parent families who are eligible for a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card are eligible for a discount on:
- Municipal Rates
- Pet registration
- Green waste collection
- Kindergarten and child care application lodgement fees.
- Toy Library joining fees.
Government grants are also available for eligible residents experiencing financial hardship. Grants can provide help to pay electricity, gas or water bills that are overdue due to a temporary financial crisis. Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Victorian Government are assisting eligible Victorians to find and switch to a better, cheaper energy offer saving them hundreds of dollars. Assistance is provided to liaise with energy providers.
Utility Relief Grant
Your Energy Broker
For information relating to Centrelink Concession cards Centrelink Concession Information
Darebin Maternal and Child Health can also assist families in need of resources for their babies and toddlers. We work closely with St Kilda Mums and Big Group Hug to provide essential items for families experiencing financial hardship. For more information talk to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or call 8470 8298.
Due to the "No Jab, No Play" and "No Jab, No Pay" legislation, immunisations for children 19 years and under must be up to date on the Australian Immunisation Register. The Darebin Immunisation Service can assist all families with updating the register and providing catch up immunisations. For all enquiries telephone the service on 8470 8562.
Darebin Community Portal
The Darebin Community Portal is a directory of services in Darebin and surrounding areas. The portal provides a comprehensive list of services that may assist single parent families. The portal lists organisations that provide counselling, emergency relief, women's and men's services, child care options, housing support and legal advice.
Family Support Services brochure
Children, Families and Community Feedback Form