Located in Doveton – an area that is recognised as one of significant disadvantage, the Connections Family Centre has been specifically designed to replicate the family home in order to foster greater engagement with those accessing it.
Speaking ahead of the opening, Connections Chief Executive Officer, Angela Forbes said she is excited about the opportunities this centre will have not only for Connections’ clients but also for the wider community.
‘Connections has made a significant commitment to the establishment of this Centre, which has been custom-built to meet the needs of its programs and services and we are excited about its potential,’ said Ms Forbes.
‘We are committed to tackling entrenched, intergenerational disadvantage through our effective programs that provide families with the support and skills they need to overcome the challenges they are facing,’ said Ms Forbes.
Presently, Connections runs two programs from this location. These include:
- Newpin (New Parent and Infant Network) is a centre-based, intensive approach to breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect. Newpin works with families with children aged 0-5 who are under stress to break the cycle of destructive family behaviour and enhance parent-child relationships.
- Enhanced Therapeutic Contact Service delivers contact services to children in Out of Home Care and their families when the Children’s Court has ordered supervised contact.
‘We believe that the Family Centre complements our extensive suite of services and provides a holistic approach to our service delivery,’ said Ms Forbes.
The Family Centre is supported by four other Connections sites operating in the south-eastern growth corridor of Melbourne – Dandenong, Cranbourne, Narre Warren and Pakenham.