The City of Stirling’s Family Services regularly run free or low cost community programs, workshops and events for families. Information about externally run programs is also provided here. Find out more about family programs, workshops, events and information currently available.
Children's wellbeing in a sexualised society
This Parenting Matters seminar will promote discussion on the impact sexualised media, advertising
and products have on children and young people, and what parents can do to safeguard the
wellbeing of their children. This seminar will take place on Wednesday 21 November in Mosman Park. For further information view the flyer. Bookings essential
Metropolitan Migrant Resource Unit (MMRC) and Women's Health and Family Services are offering a variety of nutritional workshops. Topics include 'Healthy eating', 'Cooking groups', 'Stress and nutrition', Child and nutrition' and more. For a full list of available topics and date see the flyer.
Relationships Australia courses
Relationships Australia are hosting courses on a variety of different topics relevant to families. Each course offers skills, knowledge and understanding to families in order to build healthy family relationships. For prices and further information please see the flyers below.
Parenting WA workshops
Parenting WA are holding a series of workshops throughout October and November for parents of children 2-12 years. The workshops will cover information and tips about how to form positive relationships, understanding child development and effective behaviour management. Visit the Parenting WA website
for the full term 4 course guide or view flyers below for upcoming topics and further information.
Perinatal mental health and dads - 'The elephant in the nursery'
Dads are invited to attend a one-day symposium devoted to dads and acknowledging the “elephant in the nursery” in the context of the modern family. Please see the flyer
for further information or the symposium program
for a timeframe and idea of topics covered.
Free positive partnerships parent carer workshop
This two day workshop is for families of school aged children who are on the Autism Spectrum. The sessions are designed to give parents and carers a greater understanding of the impact of autism on your child at school and home, teach you to be an advocate for your child and provides an opportunity to network and share strategies with other parents/carers. For more information see the brochure and registration form below.
Anglicare WA workshop
'Self esteem and changing negative thinking' is a workshop offered by Anglicare WA which aims to enable anyone who undertakes unhelpful thinking to recognise and challenge these thoughts in order to help reach their full potential. For further information view the flyer below.
Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre workshops
The Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre are pleased to offer several workshops as part of their community education program. These workshops are aimed at providing education to community groups, to help people better understand Australian law and assist with integration into Australian society. All workshops are presented by lawyers and other community experts and include topics such as 'Elder Abuse', 'Residential Tenancy Issues' and 'Driving in Western Australia'. For further information view the flyers below.
Dads @ Lifeline workshop
Dads @ Lifeline is a two-part workshop for separated dads. It provides information on preparing for negotiation or mediation and preparing a parenting plan proposal. For dates and further details view the flyer
CLAN WA Indigo workshops
CLAN WA invites the community to their free courses and workshops to learn and talk about mental health and well-being. Courses run July-November and are provided by CLAN WA and Brain Ambulance. View the flyer
for further details.
Woodworking for women
The Women Working with Wood Association is running a series of woodworking workshops for women on Saturday afternoons from the Stirling Community Men's Shed. The Association's goal is to support and promote women's involvement in the design and making of fine furniture and wood craft. Please view the flyer
for further information .
Early years (0-8)
Community parks November-December program
The Community Parks Project provides free activities in the parks of Balga , Girrawheen , Koondoola , Mirrabooka and Westminster for children aged 0 - 12 years, their siblings and families. View the program flyers below for a list of dates and locations.
Teen Family Centre's young parents' playgroup
The Teen Family Centre runs a weekly playgroup for young parents (24 years and under) and their children. For further information see the flyer below.
Marigold Scarborough playgroup
A Playgroup set up for families with children aged 0-5 years who may be experiencing post-natal depression. This group meets in Scarborough every Wednesday 11.30am-1.30pm. For more information please call 1800 171 882 or view the flyer.
Middle Years (9-14)
FREE Intergenerational Cake Decorating Workshops
This workshop is available for pairs consisting of 10-16 year olds and their mums, grandmothers or a significant female in their life.
Come and develop your cake decorating skills with some handy hints from Sarah Brigden, founder of BabyCakes.
Included in the workshop:
· Decorating demonstration
· 12 mini cupcakes per pair to decorate and take home
· Prize for best ‘dressed’ cupcake
January 15 - Stirling Leisure Centres – Leisurepark Balga (Function Hall)
Cnr Princess & Camberwell Rds, Balga
January 22 - Stirling Leisure Centres – Scarborough (Function Hall)
173 Gildercliffe St, Scarborough
Bookings essential. Contact Family Services on 9205 8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Young People (15-24)
Call out for Young People to be part of the 2013 WA Youth Awards planning committee
Youth Advisory Council WA (YACWA) , Department for Communities and Lotterywest are partnering to bring you the 2013 WA Youth Awards. They are looking for a group of young people who are interested in informing the planning, design and marketing of the 2013 WA Youth Awards.
Most of the communication is conducted over email and via a private Facebook group, however once a month there is a meet up in person or via teleconference for regional committee members. The committee will begin in late November and will continue until the Awards in April 2013. Interested? Great. All you need to do is head to the YACWA website
and explain why you would like to be involved.
YACWA and Music Feedback are asking you to tell the min 25 words or less 'What music does for your mental health'
Just head to this link
to let them know and be in the draw to win 1 of 3 16GB Nano iPod's
Sister Cities youth conference - Tasmania
Young people are invited to attend the Sister City Conference being held in November. Attending youth delegates will have the chance to participate in some great workshops focusing on leadership and international issues of social justice. Delegates will also participate in several workshops and social events from the adult conference. These combined experiences are set to develop young people’s leadership skills, ability to take action and of course, their understanding of the Sister City Movement. For more details view the information sheet
Perth North Metro Medicare Local has developed a free 6 week project for young people aged 13 to 17 years old. Art Yo' gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth an opportunity to develop a sense of identity and connection with their heritage through art, dance and song. View the flyer for further information and contact details.
Buzz Dance Theatre
Buzz Dance Theatre invites young artists 14 and over to take part in their free workshops. 'Film Voice' is a series of creative workshops using digital media. Workshops are held on Wednesday's 4.30pm-6.30pm at the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre commencing 19 September. If you would like to learn the basics of good story telling on stage there is a series of acting workshops running on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 16 October until 6 November. For further details view the flyers below.
Headspace Perth seeking Youth Reference Group (YRG) members
Headspace would like to recruit new members into their Youth Reference Group to assist with their service delivery. If you have something to say about health, mental health and drug and alcohol issues view the flyer for details on how to get involved.
ReachOut.com is Australia's leading online mental health service. It's the perfect place to start if you're not sure where to look for information on mental health issues for young people. It helps many young Australians with information, support and stories on everything from finding your motivation to getting through really tough times. The site includes factsheets, stories, feature stories, forums and videos. For more information view their interactive website.
GetYaHeadRight film competition
GetYaHeadRight is a Generation Next initiative to gain awareness about mental health and wellbeing in young people. The aim of this event is to generate short 4-minute films suitable for digital circulation that delivers useful mental health and wellbeing messages made by young people for young people. The competition is open to primary and secondary students to enter as an individual or through their school. Competition closes 31 October 2012. For more information view the Generation Next website.
Big Help Mob are now recruiting superheroes to be captains
Big Help Mob is a group of young volunteers who work together to do amazing things for the community and the planet. They are currently looking for new captains to join their teams to oversee small groups of volunteers and help Big Help Mob achieve its missions. You can also join as a sidekick. If you are interested, visit the Big Help Mob website for more information.
New COPMI (children of parents with a mental illness) website for young people
COPMI has launched a new website with helpful information for children and teenagers who have a Mum or Dad with a mental illness. Find useful advice from other young people, how you can help your parent, plus fun video messages about what you need to know. Check out the COPMI website
for more information.
Stirling Players Youth (SPY) theatre groups
Stirling Players Inc. is an amateur theatre group which has received wide acclaim for professional productions and commitment to the community in the City of Stirling.
Stirling Players Youth (SPY) offers young people in and around the City a creative opportunity to learn about the different aspects of performance and production. Junior SPY is for 13 to 15 year olds and Senior SPY for 16 to 24 year olds.
Parents without partners Christmas dance
Come and dance the night away to some great music at this Christmas dance. Parents without partners WA are hosting this evening event at the Melville Bowling Club on Saturday 24 November. For further information view the flyer
Parent Drug Information Service (PDIS)
The Parent Drug Information Service is a state-wide, 24/7 confidential, professional telephone counselling, advice, information and referral service for parents or anyone concerned about someone’s alcohol & drug use. Linked to this are parents who have experienced alcohol & drug use with their children and can offer experiential support, 7 days a week, 8am to 10pm.
For Help please ring (08) 9442 5050 or landline rural toll-free 1800 653 203
The PDIS also offer a free parent peer support group which is held fortnightly on a Tuesday evening in the Mt. Lawley area. It is aimed at parents who are concerned about their child's drug and alcohol use. See flyers for further information.
Ngala website and mobile app
Check out Ngala's Healthy you, healthy baby website
and mobile app. The website includes information on physical activity, socialisation, diet and nutrition, emotional wellbeing, sleep and pre/post baby weight. For more information view their flyer below.
Healthy you, healthy baby flyer
Aboriginal family respite service
If you live in the northern suburbs and care for someone with a mental health condition Uniting Care West run a respite service at the Aboriginal Evangelical Church in Penrith. Head down on the last Tuesday of the month for a yarn and a feed. Bring the kids too as there is a crèche to give you a much deserved break. View the flyer for more information.
Nollamara Community Centre Aboriginal activities program
Nollamara Community Centre has a range of free activities and programs available for the Aboriginal community on a Thursday. Activities include morning tea, computer courses, financial counselling and visits from the foot doctor. Transport is available. Please see the program flyer for full details.
Aboriginal activities program
Moorditj Djena 'Strong Feet'
Moorditj Djena is a free foot care and diabetes education service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. If you would like to visit the Nollamara clinic, view the flyer for dates and details.
Centrelink financial service information
The Financial Information Service (FIS) is an education and information service available to everyone in the community. FIS help people to make informed decisions about investment and financial issues for their current and future financial needs. We are independent, free and confidential and provide services through seminars, and by phone and appointment. View Centrelink's financial service brochure for further information.
Westminster Community Food Garden
The City of Stirling invite you to get involved in transforming part of the Balcombe-Lindfield Reserve into a community food garden. This space will be a social hub to learn, create and grow as a community while growing organic fruit and vegetables. For further information view the flyer.
West Stirling Neighbourhood House Term 4 newsletter
The West Stirling Neighbourhood House promotes the well being and care of children and families. They provide classes and educational opportunities in response to community needs, a crèche for children whose caregivers are attending the centre and a meeting place in the community as a means of breaking down barriers and isolation. To find out what is happening at the centre have a browse through the newsletter below.
Livelighter is an initiative by the Heart Foundation that encourages West Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles, to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active. Check out the Livelighter website for information, tips and recipes.
Self help and support groups
Hands up if you are an Aboriginal nurse or midwife
The Nursing and Midwifery Office wants to improve communication with all Aboriginal nurses and midwives across Western Australia. Would you like regular updates about nursing and midwifery in WA and an opportunity to discuss how to work together to improve health outcomes of Indigenous people? If so, you can view the flyer
containing more information and contact details for signing up .
Body esteem program
The Body Esteem Program, offered by Women's Healthworks, runs self help groups along with education and support programs for family members. They are currently offering a self help group for women experiencing binge eating or compulsive overeating, and a support group for family members of women with eating disorders. For further information on either program please see the flyers below.
MyTime - Supporting parents of children with disabilities
MyTime is a program that offers support groups for parents and carers of children with disabilities, chronic health conditions or high/complex needs. Groups provide peer support, guest speakers, techniques, activities and support. To find your nearest group view the term 4 flyer
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Externally run family programs
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