parenting support. Karitane works closely with the Aboriginal community and in the last year has provided support to over 356 clients that identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
“Following community consultations, it was identified by local elders that there was a need for VFC to complement the stepped care approach to integrated services provided in the Taree community. VFC is an evidence based program that has been shown to improve parenting confidence, build stronger connections, and increase emotional closeness and belonging. We are excited to be part of a greater collaboration with Biripi, First Steps Count and Manning Support Services and have felt incredibly welcomed by the community. Karitane CEO Grainne O’Loughlin says.
Clare Brennan Transition Manager First Steps Count, “First Steps Count is excited to be collaborating with Karitane on this project. We know that there are a number of incredible professional services in our region providing services to Aboriginal children and their families. Volunteer Family Connect will offer a lovely adjunct to these services and programs, providing supports that are culturally appropriate and flexible, while at the same time, building volunteering skills within the community. The partnership forged between Karitane, MSS and Biripi in this project is a clear example of the intended purpose of the future First Steps Count Child and Community Centre.