Communities
for Children

Who are we?

Communities for Children provides early childhood development initiatives that support the health and early development needs of young children aged 0 to 12 years.

We work with children, families and other organisations to shape program and service delivery.

Research has found that money directed to programs through Communities for Children returns a community benefit three times the investment.

Read the Social Return on Investment study here or our Community Strategic Plan here.

Call us on (08) 8440 2299

Our friendly team are available weekdays from 9am – 5pm to tell you more about our initiatives.

Or explore the programs below to find out more about what we do.

What do we do?

We support the wellbeing of children and families by:

  • Working with parents and children to build child-friendly communities
  • Funding other community organisations to deliver services including parenting support, home visits, community events and life skills courses
  • Building on local strengths to meet local community needs
  • Creating capability within local services systems
  • Using strong evidence of what works in the early years of life

As a Communities for Children Facilitating Partner, we take an early intervention approach that supports families to enhance the way they relate to each other, improve parenting skills, and ensure the health and wellbeing of children.

Community Impact Group

An action advisory group made up of local parents and community champions who support planning and activities for children and families in Adelaide’s north-west.

We run Community Chat Cafes for families to develop programs, services and events that meet the needs of the community.

Please contact Sav to get involved:

P: 8440 2172

E: cfc@unitingsa.com.au

Western Integrated Intensive Family Support System (WIIFSS)

We help other community organisations across Adelaide’s west to collaborate to achieve better outcomes for children and families.

We are developing an Online Referral and Planning System to improve information sharing and access to community services.

Please contact Angela for more info:

P: 8440 2299

E: adeconno@unitingsa.com.au

Our work in the community

View our community collaborations below.

Community Partner Program Description More info
Western Perinatal Support - Child Health Network Works with pregnant and new mothers to develop a healthy attachment with their babies. This group aims to improve mental health and reduce the impacts of postnatal stress on women and their families. Call 0416 095 200
Play 2 Learn - Save the Children Aims to increase the wellbeing of children by engaging families in facilitated play to promote early development. Call 0437 790 875
Kidstuff - Metropolitan Health Young Parent Program A wrap-around support group for young parents. Call 8243 5637
Supported Playgroup - Playgroup SA Open to families with children 0 to 5 years at Findon and Hendon locations. Call 1800 171 882
Child & Family Foundations - UnitingCare Wesley Bowden Includes a parenting program and monthly family fun day (Seaton), playgroup (Port Adelaide), and one-to-one family support. Call 8245 7100
Fatherhood Support - Gowrie SA Fun activities on Sundays for fathers and their children and a circle of security for fathers or male caregivers through a parenting program. Call 8234 5219
Cultural Community Capacity Builder An intensive supported playgroup and transitioning to school group at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School. Call 8445 1147
You + Me = Us (Yumi) - Parenting Multicultural Youth South Australia Circle of security parenting program and one-to-one family support. Call 8346 3364
Learning Connections - The Smith Family After school support for young children at various local primary schools. Call 8248 3110
Transitioning to School - Parks Community Development Group Offers occupational therapy, speech support, first aid and one-to-one support. Call 8243 5599
Wellbeing Classroom - Schools Ministry Group A positive early learning framework for children at various local primary schools. Call 8378 6800
Through the Open Door - Lutheran Community Care Provides a support mechanism for families experiencing adverse, complex circumstances. Call 8349 6099 or 0439 998 163
Strengthening Family Relationships - Community Access and Services SA Aims to strengthen family relationships for culturally and linguistically diverse families. Call 8447 8821

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