Dubbo – Narromine – Forbes – Parkes – Bourke – Broken Hill and outreach in surrounding areas. Funded by the Department of Social Services and NSW Fair Trading, the Financial Counselling service is primarily accessible by families and individuals experiencing financial hardship and can support those effected by problem gambling. Financial Counsellors offer support with advocacy, negotiations, options, information and referrals and personal budgeting.  Individuals are supported in making informed decisions to resolve their financial issues by accessing information specific to their circumstances. This program aims to empower individuals to gain an understanding and take control of their financial position. CatholicCare’s Financial Counsellors deliver community education to improve financial literacy within our communities and to raise awareness around problem gambling issues. The service aspires to increase consumer knowledge and confidence in the management of personal finances and develop financial skills with in communities for the ongoing future management of financial affairs. Useful links: Financial Rights Legal Centre Money Smart by ASIC          

Bourke – Brewarrina – Broken Hill – Cobar – Condobolin – Narromine – Nyngan – Parkes – Peak Hill – Trangie – Trundle – Warren. The PEDAL program is a school based playgroup model that targets families with children aged 0-5 years. The program provides play experiences that create opportunity to develop children’s social, emotional, physical, language and creative skills.

Bourke – Narromine – Parkes – Peak Hill. Funded by the NSW Department of Health, the Aboriginal Family Health Strategy program targets men (at all sites) and women (Narromine only), in relationships with a focus on early intervention and prevention of domestic and family violence. The program also provides education and individual support.

Bourke – Brewarrina – Broken Hill – Cobar – Condobolin – Nyngan – Parkes – Warren. Funded by The Department of Social Services, the FamilyCare program is delivered in Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cobar, Condobolin, Nyngan, Parkes (with outreach to Trundle and Peak Hill) and Warren. The FamilyCare program primarily targets families with children aged 0-12 years, but also offers support to families with children up the age of 18 years. The program provides: Parent education Supported playgroups Peer Support groups School readiness programs Individual support  

Bourke – Broken Hill – Forbes – Lake Cargelligo – Narromine. Funded by The Department of Family and Community Services, the Families NSW program is delivered in Bourke (with outreach to Enngonia), Broken Hill (with outreach to Menindee and Wilcannia), Forbes (with outreach to Parkes and Peak Hill), Lake Cargelligo and Narromine (with outreach to Trangie). The Families NSW program targets families with children aged 0-8 years by providing a wide range of activities including parent education programs, supported playgroups, peer support groups, individual support and community projects.

Broken Hill – Bourke – Brewarrina – Menindee – White Cliffs – Tibooburra. Funded by the Department of Social Services, the Drought Assistance Program provides support to families and individuals experiencing geographic isolation and distress from ongoing drought challenges. We provide a whole of family focused approach with a strong commitment to outreach. Support being provided: Community events and workshops with a holistic educational focus Face-to-face and phone counselling Assistance for families experiencing conflict or other relationship issues Supported referral where needed  

Parkes – Forbes – Bourke – Cobar. The Specialist Homelessness Services program is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. The overall goal of the Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS) are to ensure better outcomes for vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our services are working to strengthen the capacity of homeless services in our service areas of Forbes, Parkes, Cowra, Grenfell, Peak Hill, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Bourke and Cobar and achieve a better balance of prevention, early intervention and crisis support for our clients. Due to the Going Home Staying Home (GHSH) reforms and identifying the “gaps in service” in these communities, we are now able to assist young people, single males and females, families and women escaping domestic or family violence in all of the communities that we work in. We aim to: Provide (when available) short term safe secure crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic or family violence Assist you in finding safe, crisis and medium term accommodation Provide support and referrals to other services who can assist your needs Assist you in making applications for housing and private and public rentals Provide support and education for individuals and families experiencing […]

Bourke – Brewarrina. Funded by the Department of Social Services, Reconnect is a community based early intervention program for young people (12-18 years) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  It is designed to reduce the impact of homelessness on the individual and the family and to help the young person and the family achieve family reconciliation where possible. Reconnect also looks to assist young people with work, education, and training. Our Bourke Reconnect team member can be contacted on 02 6872 1551

Narromine – Dubbo. Funded by The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Indigenous Community Links program is an information and referral service delivering strategies aimed at connecting primarily Indigenous people and their families by referring and linking them to a range of mainstream and Indigenous Support Services including early childhood, education, training, employment, financial, housing, health and legal services. Indigenous Community Links also delivers the following: Advocates on behalf of clients on identified issues Facilitates identified workshops with partnered services and/or agencies Provides a client computer with which to use the internet to link into Centrelink, Housing and Employment websites Operates as an outreach activity to identified services and community events in both Narromine and Dubbo.

Broken Hill. Funded by the Department of Social Services, the Personal Helpers and Mentors program (PHaMs) provides increased opportunities for recovery for people whose lives are impacted by severe mental illnss by helping them to overcome social isolation and increasing their connectedness to community. The objectives of PHaMS are to ensure that people with mental illness have: Improved ability to live as functioning community members Confidence to seek assistance to meet needs Improved take-up of relevant services Timely access to early intervention and prevention assistance Targeted assistance across the life course that is customised to maximise help during transition phases.

Broken Hill. Funded by the Department of Social Services, CatholicCare’s Family Mediation Service assists families in resolving any differences they have concerning their children’s living and contact arrangements. The service provides: Family relationship support and conflict resolution Family dispute resolution for families seeking a parenting plan or agreement for residency and contact of their child/children where divorce or separation has occurred Property settlement agreements Information for parents pre and post separation A child focused service where the best interest of the child/children is the paramount consideration parenting after separation, education and support  

Parkes – Peak Hill. With the generous support of the Northparkes Mines, the Strong Young Mums program is delivered in Parkes and Peak Hill. The program targets mothers under the age of 25 years and their children. The Strong Young Mums program provides:  Parent education  Supported playgroups Individual support, training and education for mothers preparing to return to or enter the workforce History – CatholicCare originally established the Strong Young Mums program in Bourke in September 2005 with funding from the Australian Government through the Stronger Families and Community Strategy. Strong Young Mums was established in response to the high occurrence of teenage pregnancies in Bourke. Strong Young Mums connects women with the education system and early intervention programs and conducts regular activities to engage mothers with other services and support networks. The young women also participate in weekly play groups and social gatherings which are attended by health and early childhood professionals as well as older women who act as mentors for the young mums. During these group sessions women learn about health, nutrition, bonding, play, parent-child interaction and parenting. The women and their children participate in play and early literacy activities which they are encouraged to take back […]

Bourke – Brewarrina – Broken Hill – Cobar – Condobolin – Dubbo – Forbes – Lake Cargelligo – Narromine – Nyngan – Parkes – Peak Hill – Warren – Wellington – Wilcannia. CatholicCare’s Parent Child Services provide services to families with children with an early intervention and prevention approach. Parent Child Services support parents and cares in: Raising their children through parent education and one on one support Participating in early learning opportunities through playgroups Accessing helpful information about child development, parenting, support services and resources Becoming part of support networks Connecting to other services that can help Our family workers are accredited parent educators and offer parent education and support on an individual basis as well as in group settings. Parent Education programs include; 123 Magic, Triple P, Circle of Security, Parents As Teachers, Childbirth Education and Bringing Up Great Kids. Group activities include community based playgroups, school based playgroups, mums and bubs groups and peer support groups. One on one support is available to individuals and families and are delivered at our office or in the home. Currently, the programs Parent Child Services include: Families NSW FamilyCare Strong Young Mums Strong Young Families Aboriginal Family Health Strategy Communities For […]

Forbes – Parkes – Narromine – Condobolin – Lake Cargelligo. Funded by the Department of Social Services, the Men and Family Relationship Services program can assist with maintaining positive family relationships, especially during times of change – when you are forming new relationships, following the birth of a child, during separation and divorce, when re-partnering and retiring. The service provides: Male centred – family focused engagement Relationship support for individuals, couples and families Support with managing challenging adolescent behaviour Individual and group parenting education Activities for fathers and their children Solution focused – strength based support Promotion of healthy relationships through awareness and education Access to resources, information and support networks

Western NSW – Based in Dubbo. CatholicCare delivers the Tenant Participation Resource Service (TPRS) program in central and western NSW. Our program is a NSW Department of Family and Community Services initiative that aims to provide social housing tenants with increased access to information, advice and education opportunities to more actively participate in processes related to their housing, as well as to engage in their communities. The TPRS program aims to assist: Social housing tenants to engage in communities Social housing tenants needs and priorities are identified and considered in planning and service delivery Social housing tenants are informed about their rights and responsibilities and are supported with their housing needs Social housing tenants have skills and resources to participate in community life Social housing tenants receive services that are coordinated, flexible and responsive to their needs. The goal of the TPRS program is for social housing tenants to have a constructive voice that is heard by their housing provider to achieve better long term tenancies with their housing provider. We have a 1300 number that social housing tenants can ring to receive advice and information regarding their tenancies. Please feel free to contact us at our Dubbo office on 02 6883 4600 […]

Wilcannia. Funded by The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Strong Young Families program targets parents under the age of 25 years and their children. The program provides parent education, supported playgroups, individual support and training and education for parents preparing to return to or enter the workforce.  

Broken Hill – Dubbo – Orange. This program provides support for family and carers of people suffering from mental illness and aims to ensure that: The families and carers of people with a mental illness have access to appropriate information and options for support at all points within their caring journey, at the time they need it. Information and support is delivered in a sensitive, evidence-based, and cost-effective manner. The program is delivered in partnership between area health services and Non Government Organisations (NGO) and between the NSW and Australian Governments. CatholicCare works in collaboration with the area mental health services and the Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office, and will involve and support other NGOs and community groups, families and carers and consumers within the jurisdiction of the area serviced by Greater Western Area Health Service to deliver these support services.

Dubbo – Narromine – Wellington. Funded by the Department of Social Services, the Communities for Children program is delivered through subcontracted Community Partners in the Dubbo, Narromine and Wellington communities and targets families with children aged 0-12 years. The program provides: Parent education Intensive family support After school and school holiday activities for children aged 6-12 years. For more information about the program and to meet the Communities for Children team, visit the Communities for Children website.

Broken Hill – Dubbo – Forbes – Narromine – Bourke. Funded by Caritas Australia, AMP Foundation and Catholic Mission, the Manage Your Income Manage Your Life Program aims to build the financial capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the region, by providing training and mentoring to develop financial management skills in participants, their families and communities and enhance their quality of life. The program provides a legacy of trained members of the communities to provide ongoing education, awareness and knowledge around financial literacy. MYI can work with the following: Individuals Community groups Family groups School groups Our program offers a large range of financial literacy workshops that are appropriately catered to the different groups. Activities include, but are not limited to: Take Control – get informed information and tools on how to make your money work for you. Strive 2 Drive – learner driver activity – working with people to obtain their learner licences. Save or Spend – get informed information and tools about all those financial issues that are worrying you. Money for School – get tips and budget ideas on how to get in front with your school fees and school expenses. Financial Counselling – […]

Bathurst – Broken Hill – Forbes – Lithgow – Mudgee – Oberon – Orange – Parkes – Wilcannia – White Cliffs. Funded by the Department of Social Services, the Family Mental Health Support Service provides support for vulnerable families with children and young people who are showing early signs of, or are at risk of developing mental health. Services provided include a range of flexible, responsive, non-clinical mental health support services to meet the needs of children and young people affect by, or at risk of mental illness and their families and carers. The Family Mental Health Support Service offers three levels of support: Intensive, long term, early intervention support for children, young people and their families which may include: assessment and identification of needs; practical assistance and home based support; linking with other relevant services; and targeted therapeutic groups. Short-term immediate assistance for families which may include: assessment of needs; information or referrals; and limited direct support. Community outreach, mental health education and community development activities which may include: organisation of and participation in community events; and general group work in the community. The Family Mental Health Support Service will: Focus on children and young people while working with them in […]