Parenting Programs and Support

Anglicare Sydney’s mission, throughout our 160 year history, has been to serve the vulnerable, poor and socially excluded with respect, compassion and love. They offer help and assistance with:

  • Food and financial assistance
  • Aboriginal and Torres strait islander programs
  • Aged care
  • Families, relationships and counselling
  • Out of home care
  • Youth support
  • Migrant and refugee support
  • Mental health support
  • Disability and carer support

To find out more about these programs visit

We’re Australia’s first charity. We’re a not-for-profit and non-religious organisation and we’ve helped people, families and communities achieve positive change since 1813. From playgroups and parenting education to family counselling and household budgeting – we can help you build strong family relationships and be the best mum and dad you can be.

Brighter Futures is an early intervention program building resilience in vulnerable families with young children.

The program focuses on ensuring children can live safely in their homes by preventing and overcoming domestic violence, substance misuse and parental mental health issues.

By preventing issues from reaching a crisis point, families stay together and less children enter out-of-home care, corrective or mental health services.


For more information or call

1800 236 762

CatholicCare Sydney is the official welfare agency of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Sydney, delivering more than 140 programs in the areas of ageing, dementia and disability care; employment, education, training and support services; and children, youth and family services.

Throughout life everyone is presented with challenges, stress and anxiety. Talking to one of CatholicCare’s professionally qualified counsellors can help you to face – and overcome – these challenges by addressing a range of emotional, psychological and social difficulties. Services for counselling include:

  • Counselling services
  • Family counselling
  • Individual counselling
  • Relationship counselling
  • Men’s counselling


Delivers payments and services and provides services at times of major change for:

  • seniors
  • job seekers
  • students and trainees
  • families
  • carers
  • parents
  • people with disability
  • Indigenous Australians, and
  • people from culturally and linguistically   diverse backgrounds

Visit: and either choose the reason for your visit from the tabs below. To speak to someone click on ‘Contact Us’ or call 136 150 (families), 131 202(multilingual), 136 380 (indigenous) or 136 240 (self-service)

This team offers information and assistance on parenting, family relationship work, referrals, budgets, educational issues, Centrelink difficulties, children at risk matters, child behaviour and other issues which arise in families. Workers can provide assistance at the centre in the form of counselling and case management as well as practical in-home assistance.

The team comprises four distinct roles:

Generalist Family Worker
Works to assist families  where dependant children are involved in a family setting where there is crisis and stress

Specialist Family Worker
Works with families where there are complexities in the family setting such as mental illness or disabilities, and where children are placed under stress and crisis.

Arabic Family Worker
Works with families that speak the Arabic language and there is stress and crisis within the family.

Aboriginal Family Worker
Works with families who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and there is stress and crisis within the family.

This service is free of charge.


Families Together is funded by the Department of Education and sponsored by Fairfield City Council to provide parenting sessions to mothers, fathers, grandparents and carers who have children from birth to age 6. Information is available to parents and carers who live in Fairfield, Liverpool and Bankstown.

If sessions are planned in Liverpool, parents from Bankstown and Fairfield are also invited.

Some of the parenting sessions held through Families Together has included:

  • guiding children’s behaviour
  • enhancing self esteem
  • supporting anxious children
  • positive parenting
  • nutrition

For more information please call the Project Officer for Families Together- 0407 708 626

Junction Works

The Junction Works delivers mainstream and specialist disability, youth, children's and community services in South West Sydney, that are designed to improve the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable people. At The Junction Works our aim is to build happier, connected and engaged communities in south-west Sydney through a range of services and supports designed to meet your needs and help you pursue your goals. Services include:

  • Disability support
  • Children’s disability support
  • Community services
  • Young people
  • Holsworthy OOSH and Vacation Care

Visit for more information

If you need a hand with budgeting and finance, KARI’s Financial Counsellor offers the support you need.

KARI’s financial counsellor acts as a negotiator and advocate on behalf of those in the community experiencing financial risk. The service is both free and confidential.

As well as supporting and educating the client, a financial counsellor can provide their clients the following:

  • A full assessment of their financial   situation, including regular income and expenditure, assets and liabilities.
  • Information as to entitlements to government   forms of assistance.
  • Information and options for change and   improvement.
  • The ability to negotiate on behalf of the   client with credit providers, government agencies and other business providers.
  • Information on credit laws, the debt recovery   process, bankruptcy and other areas of legislation such   as superannuation, insurance and harassment, to name a few.

Financial counselling is a unique type of service that sees the counsellor support a client’s health issues, financial concerns and assist with any appropriate referrals.

If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, contact a Financial Counsellor today on (02) 8782 0300.

Or visit

Karitane works with children and their parents from birth to 5 years of age. Their services cover parenting support and advice, antenatal support and education, services to alleviate parental depression and anxiety, managing toddler behaviour and other issues related to this challenging but rewarding period in families lives. Karitane are leaders in parenting services and provide education and consultation to health professionals that work with families with young children in addition to engaging in a strong research program

For more information visit

Learning Links works in collaboration with schools, early childhood settings and parents to help children with learning disabilities and difficulties.

These include conditions such as ADHD, high functioning Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, fine and gross motor delays and speech and language delays. The children are often anxious, have trouble communicating and interacting with others, and many have behavioural issues. In the later years they are often challenged in literacy, numeracy and impacting on their ability to complete education and participate in the community.

They offer services such as:

  • Assessments
  • Early intervention
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Educational support
  • Psychology programs
  • Counselling (child and parent)
  • School holiday programs
  • Preschool
  • Out of school hours care
  • Parenting programs
  • Parent and child programs

Visit and click on ‘Services’ to learn more

Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections (LNC) operates from Warwick Farm Community Hub and provides programs and services weekly to the Liverpool LGA. Outreach services, primarily in social inclusion, education and learning are provided at Cecil Hills Community Centre, Casula Community Centre, Heckenberg-Busby Neighbourhood Centre, Moorebank Community Centre and Lurnea Neighbourhood Centre which include

  • senior groups
  • craft and social groups
  • health and fitness
  • playgroups
  • education and learning

Westside Youth Projects, Heckenberg Connections and Warwick Farm Neighbourhood Centre remain exclusive to LNC and most of the community development, capacity building and advocacy services are provided through these centres.

LNC distribute free food and clothing to disadvantaged residents from Heckenberg Connections, Frank Oliveri Hall, 1 Tantangara Street, Heckenberg.


Or call Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections (02) 9600 0600 or Heckenberg Connections (02) 9607 0077 for more information

Macarthur Community College Inc is a community based non-profit organisation sponsored by the NSW Government to provide open access for all adults (15 years or over except where course is specifically for school students) to a wide range of educational opportunities utilising the facilities of local schools. Visit

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian community service organisation that has been helping people to regain their independence for over 155 years. They offer a wide range of integrated solutions over the long term, through homelessness initiatives and affordable housing, early learning and youth services, family support, and employment and skills development. Their nationwide team of over 3,500 staff uses different approaches, often applied in unison and inspired by Christian values.

Happy Healthy Minds (the Liverpool Family Mental Health Service) is an early intervention program that provides free short term and long term assistance to children and young people living in the Liverpool local government area at risk of or affected by a mental health problem. Assistance is provided to children and young people 0 - 18 years and their families living in the Liverpool LGA who are at risk or affected by mental health issue.Children or young people under the care of state child protection agency are not eligible for this service. However, families and children who have come to the attention of the child protection system but are not receiving structured intervention, and young people leaving out of home care are eligible.

In addition to individual counselling, the Happy Healthy Minds team also offer universal and targeted group programs aimed at increasing knowledge and skills to support improved health and wellbeing that include building resilience, reducing anxiety and tackling bullying.


Or call 9732 6500 for more information.

MyTime is a national program, with groups located all around Australia.  It’s funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services and coordinated nationally by the Parenting Research Centre. In NSW there are 3 coalitions which manage over 50 MyTime groups.  They are Tresillian Family Care Centres; Playgroups NSW and Learning Links.

The aim is to bring parents and carers of children 0-18 years, who have a disability, together to share information and build a network of people who are going through similar circumstances themselves.  Having other parents to talk to, helps in so many ways.

If you would like to enquire about groups running in Liverpool, please speak with Melissa on 0418 162 544 or

The full list of MyTime groups can be viewed at

Outer Liverpool Community Service is a not for profit Organisation that is based in Austral, but runs Outreach programs to the surrounding areas.

Our office is located at 264 Edmondson Avenue Austral, at the rear of the H J Starr Progress Hall.

We run programs for all ages and all nationalities are welcome.

Some of our programs are:

  • Breakfast programs in local schools
  • Supported Playgroup
  • Information mornings
  • Parenting courses
  • Outings and shopping bus
  • Craft group
  • Information/Referrals/Advocacy

For more information please phone 9606-0629, visit our website, or have a look at our Facebook page.

Resourcing Parents was established to provide parenting education information and support to the parents and carers of children aged 0-18

Resourcing Parents is a Families NSW project that aims to:

  1. Provide a comprehensive list of parenting education events occurring across NSW our Events Calendar
  2. Provide information to professionals working with parents on training and professional support through the Professionals Training Calendar
  3. To encourage and assist not-for-profit agencies (for example pre-schools, early intervention services, health, non-government agencies, councils, schools) to deliver parenting information, support and education initiatives to families in their community who have children aged 0-8 years. Funding to enable agencies to do this is available in the Inner West of Sydney through the Sydney District Small Grants Scheme.Resourcing Parents is a Families NSW project that aims to:
    1. Provide a comprehensive list of parenting education events occurring across NSW our Events Calendar
    2. Provide information to professionals working with parents on training and professional support through the Professionals Training Calendar
    3. To encourage and assist not-for-profit agencies (for example pre-schools, early intervention services, health, non-government agencies, councils, schools) to deliver parenting information, support and education initiatives to families in their community who have children aged 0-8 years. Funding to enable agencies to do this is available in the Inner West of Sydney through the Sydney District Small Grants Scheme.

For more information visit

The Schools as Community Centre (SaCC) Program at Ashcroft Public School commenced in December 2002. It was named The Beehive soon after and the logo was developed by one of our students as part of a naming competition.

The Program is funded by FaCS which is a state government partnership between the Department of Education and Communities, Department of Health and Department of Communities. SaCC's operate like a community centre to support families raising children from birth to eight years in partnership with local human service agencies, the local community and the school. There are 45 SaCC programs all over NSW.

They aim to provide a safe and friendly environment for children and families to play, interact and share positive experiences. Examples of programs held at the Beehive include supported playgroups, family excursions, parenting workshops and a transition to school program.

The Beehive is open Monday to Thursday.  Call 8783 0951 if you require any further information

Settlement Services International (SSI) is a community-based, not-for-profit humanitarian organisation providing a range of services in the areas of humanitarian settlementaccommodationasylum seeker assistancemulticultural foster caredisability support and employment services in NSW.

SSI is committed to ensuring that people in vulnerable communities in NSW are supported and resourced to fulfill their potential as members of the Australian community. Services include:

  • Humanitarian
  • Settlement support
  • Child and family
  • Ignite small business start ups
  • Housing services
  • Ability links NSW
  • Employment services
  • Community engagement
  • Future ability
  • Arts and culture program
  • Parents Next
  • Community hubs
  • Youth


The Shepherd Centre know how important it is for children with hearing loss to gain access to sound as early as possible to help them build a spoken-language future.

This is why they offer a suite of programs and services that can be tailored to meet the individual needs and goals of each family.

Our programs and services enable families living with hearing loss to build support networks, access state-of-the-art resources and help their child develop age-appropriate language, listening and social skills.

The research we perform informs and backs up our programs and services, providing families with the latest news and information on childhood hearing loss.

Our programs offer:
* support networks between families living with hearing loss
* language, listening and social skills development for children
* access to sound via our cochlear implant program
* social, intellectual, emotional and physical development for children
* support and resources for families living in rural and remote areas


Or contact (02) 9370 4400 or for more information

Uniting offer services for:

  • Children and young people: early learning, newpin,   family and community engagement, homelessness services, foster care, aftercare for young people, drop in centres for young people, disability   services, counselling, mediation, therapy intervention and support
  • Adults
  • Older people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders   services: including Jaanimili- Birrung Gurung Intensive Family Support which   offers support with managing behavioural problems, building parents confidence, managing stress, living with the effects of a child’s disability,   planning daily routines, safety planning, linking to specialist services,   case management, intensive support for 16 weeks and parent advocacy.
  • Carers
  • Training and education
  • Disability services
  • Counselling and mediation


Or call 8796 9100