Communities
for Children

Who are we?

Communities for Children facilitates a whole of community approach to provide early childhood development initiatives, supporting and enhancing development needs of children aged 0 to 12 years.

We use a place based approach and work with children, families and other organisations to shape program and service delivery.

As a CfC Facilitating Partner, we aim to provide support to the local community by partnering with community services to deliver programs and supports as well as capacity build through community participation and voice.

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.

What do we do?

We support the wellbeing of children and families by:

  • Working with parents and children to build child-friendly spaces within community
  • 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.

Our work in the community

View our community collaborations below.

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 Carolyn to get involved:

P: 8440 2285

E: cfc@unitingsa.com.au

Important to Me

The Important to Me art exhibition featured in UnitingSA’s Flourish magazine.

Read the article

Community Partners

A key part of UnitingSA’s role as a Communities for Children (CfC) Facilitating Partner is to identify and fund CfC Community Partners, who can deliver programs to help address the needs of children and families in the region.

The 2022 tender process for CfC Community Partners has now closed, and we are currently reviewing applications submitted from organisations across the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and City of Charles Sturt.

Successful applicants will deliver activities and programs to support children and their families, in alignment with the objectives of our Community Strategic Plan 2022-2026.

We look forward to announcing our new Community Partners once the tender assessment process is finalised.

 

Community Partner Program Description Phone Website
Western Perinatal Support 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. 0416 095 200 Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Play 2 Learn Aims to increase the wellbeing of children by engaging families in facilitated play to promote early development. 0437 790 875 Save the Children
Kidstuff A wrap-around support group for young parents. (08) 8243 5637 Metropolitan Health Young Parent Program
Supported Playgroup Open to families with children 0 to 5 years at Findon and Hendon locations. 1800 171 882 Playgroup SA
Child & Family Foundations Includes a parenting program and playgroup (Port Adelaide). (08) 8245 7100 UnitingCare Wesley Bowden
Fatherhood Support Fun activities on Sundays for fathers and their children and a circle of security for fathers or male caregivers through a parenting program. (08) 8245 7100 UnitingCare Wesley Bowden
Cultural Community Capacity Builder An intensive supported playgroup at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School. (08) 8445 1147
You + Me = Us (Yumi) - Parenting Circle of security parenting program and one-to-one family support. (08) 8346 3364 Multicultural Youth South Australia
Learning Connections After school support for young children at various local primary schools. (08) 8248 3110 The Smith Family

Parent Testimonials

“I am really happy and grateful to the homework club and to all the volunteers.”

Participant from The Smith Family

“I cannot speak highly enough of the very noticeable positive impact this program has had on our lives, since given the opportunity to join this program. I cannot emphasise enough how impressed I was with the valuable service that we were so fortunate to have access to. They have been able to introduce our family to support services, parenting tools and knowledge that have helped us adjust to our new lives as parents.”

Participant from Central Adelaide Local Health Network

The course has been very enlightening as my son is so young I am glad I have had this course. I can see it being incredibly useful as he grows up.”

Participant from UnitingCare Wesley Bowden

Nobody can do everything but everyone can do something.

UnitingSA relies on the generosity of donors to help deliver innovative programs and support for people in need across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

“For 12 months, my support worker in UnitingSA’s Building Family Opportunities program helped me apply for jobs and when I was close to giving up, they encouraged me. I now have a job in aged care and am just so grateful.”

Najeeba,
Building Family Opportunities participant

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