Like the rest of Australia, our region is also being affected by the COVID19 pandemic. This information will help people who use FamilyCare’s services to understand our responses.
From Tuesday the 24th of March, FamilyCare’s offices will be closed to all visitors. Please telephone us to discuss the service options that remain available, on:
ChildFIRST Shepparton: 1300 854 944
ChildFIRST Seymour: 1800 663 107
Other contact numbers for our various offices are available on the Contact Us page.
We will return to normal services as soon as we can. At the moment, this is the best way to maintain access to some support but stick to the rules for social distancing.
Here are some other sources of reliable and up-to-date information.
With the rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak we have decided it is in the best interests of our local community to postpone our upcoming Paddock to Plate Event scheduled for 24th May 2020.
FamilyCare would like to thank all those involved with the event for their support.
During this time Family Care wish you, your families and colleagues all the best and look forward to sharing with you the Paddock to Plate Fire and Feast Event at a later date.
Our region is also being affected by the COVID19 pandemic. This information will help people who use FamilyCare’s services to understand our responses.
FamilyCare is making every effort to maintain access to services and supports. How and where services are provided may have to change at short notice. We will give you as much warning as we can about any changes.
Your help to keep things working is really important.
If you are feeling unwell, with flu like symptoms, please do not attend our offices, or ask staff to come to your home. Call us first and we will try and work out options to meet your needs.
If you, a member of your family, or a person you have had close contact with, has tested positive to COVID19, please let us know as soon as you can.
Here are some other sources of reliable and up-to-date information.
Shame, blame and nothing to gain? Forming therapeutic partnerships with young men and adolescents as involuntary clients.
Russ Pratt, DPsych, Forensic Psychologist, Director, Prime Forensic Psychology
Working with adolescent males and young men when they are involuntary clients can present challenges for services and therapists alike. Getting the client in the room is one thing, then doing anything with them is sometimes another.
How can we give ourselves the best chance of meaningful connection with our young male clients, and thus provide the client with the opportunity to do something meaningful during their time with us (and who should decide what is meaningful anyway?).
In this one-hour session, Russ will provide some strategies and ideas that take into account the theory of what we know about young males, and what the presenter has learnt in over 20 years of working with young men in involuntary settings (for example youth in residential settings, young people who sexually abuse others, youth with impulse control issues). Practice stories, as well as practice strategies will be presented and discussed. Audience input and participation is not just welcomed, but is expected!
Download Russ’s presentation here
Unpacking the Man Box: Understanding the impact of men and boys’ attitudes towards masculinity
The Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services will share findings from their Man Box research – the first study that focuses specifically on the associations between attitudes to masculinity and the behaviours of young Australian men aged 18-30. They are also completing similar work to understand the attitudes and behaviours of adolescent boys. The workshop will engage the audience in the findings from these projects including exploring the links between masculinity, the use of violence, mental health and broader indicators of wellbeing. The Men’s Project will also share lessons from their primary prevention work as well several innovative programs addressing violence that they are piloting and designing focused on engaging at-risk boys and men.
Download Matt’s’ presentation here
FamilyCare Men’s Program: How do we get dads to engage and understand the principles of great parenting?
Wayne Harris and Ron Garner
Research has demonstrated that dads are less likely to engage with child and family services than mothers. We need to consider a variety of methods when planning and delivering services.
The Bridge Youth Services: Challenges in engaging men and father’s in family work and exploring strategies to overcome these.
Fathers are taking a much more active role in modern family life and sometimes may find themselves wishing for more options for dealing with the day to day issues that arise in the home.
Engaging with men from multicultural backgrounds in a respectful, meaningful and productive way.
Sarmed Yassin and Joel Board , Greater Shepparton City Council
Sarmed and Joel will be discussing the varies methods of engaging with men from multicultural backgrounds in a respectful, meaningful and productive way. This discussion will explore practices that can be applied when designing programs or planning events that are targeted to multicultural communities in general but men specifically.
Download Sarmed and Joel’s presentation here
Dardi Munwurro: Bringing out the best in Aboriginal men, for stronger communities
John Bryne and Josh Simms
Dardi Munwurro delivers a range of family violence, healing and behaviour change programs and services, to break the cycle of inter-generational trauma in Aboriginal families and communities, by empowering and inspiring individuals to heal the past, acknowledge the present and create a positive vision for the future.
The men’s healing and behaviour change program aims to equip Aboriginal men to become leaders, role models and mentors within their communities. The program model builds cultural connection as a pathway to healing the individual drivers for violence and ultimately developing pride and confidence for planning a future with healthy relationships in families and communities
Download John and Josh’s presentation here
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The FamilyCare AGM was on Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 4:15 with Guest speaker Conny Lenneberg, Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence.
This afternoon Member for Nicholls, The Hon Damian Drum MP opened FamilyCare’s Bouldering Wall and Sensory Garden.
We are on our way! Thanks to the support of our local community we are in the process of purchasing our new wheelchair accessible commuter bus! At our inaugural Paddock to Plate Event held at The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank we raised an amazing $48,000!
Mathew Evans and Zara joined us all the way from FAT PIG FARM in Tasmania to co-host the event with our friends from the Woolshed Angela, Anthony and Cam. With some incredibly hard work the outdoor area of the woolshed was transformed into “the paddock” and “the harvest” featuring pop up food stands, breweries, wineries and cideries. In the Paddock Glenn and Matt (Snappa’s Mobile food and Catering) produced some amazing appetizers with Kelly’s grass fed Bunbartha Beef. A taste of the new Shepparton Brewery was on offer together with Michelini wines. Guests enjoyed the ambience with some background music provided by a new and upcoming artist Maicy Hocking.
Whilst over in the Harvest area Marco from BelCiBo was cooking his famous wood fired pizzas with a specially created pizza called the Harvest! Mark and Jenny provided a taste on what is offer at Cheeky Grog Cidery made direct from their orchard in Bunbartha. Britt and Ben from Hops and Harvest offered a variety of beverages from Dainton Brewery, Fowles Wines and Furphy Beer.
Guests settled into the Woolshed and experienced an extraordinary autumn feast prepared by Angela and Anthony together with Matthew Evans. The chacuterie platter, matched with Longleat Wines, showcased product from FamilyCare’s own vegetable gardens planted and tended to by the children and young people attending our IntoRec Disability program!
The main featured organic vegetables sourced from Bunbartha Beef and deliciously cooked pork and lamb from Cherry Tree Organics. The meal was matched with a selection of Tallis Dookie Hills Wines. The Feast ended with Kalafatis poached pear accompanied by a delicious new flavored gelato (chocolate amaretto gelato) from Messina especially created for the event! Yum! All of which was enjoyed in presence of music by Briana Lee.
Mathew shared a few stories throughout the day about Fat Pig Farm and filming the latest season of the Gourmet Farmer. Keep an eye out on SBS for the new episodes! What a great opportunity for all involved to meet and work with Matthew and Zara, such great down to earth people!
So much was donated to make this possible and so many people worked incredibly hard to make it happen. Key to the success of the event is the partnerships with sponsors and connections with genuinely great people that were created along the way. We are so proud to host this event with the following sponsors.
|Australian Consolidated Milk||Avonlea Flowers||BelCibo and Co.|
|Briana Lee||Brian Harrington Photography||Bunbartha Beef & Fine Produce|
|Butter Factory Cafe||Cheeky Grog Co.||Conti’s Dairy|
|Dainton Brewery||EcoPark – EcoStore (Shepparton Access)||Fat Pig Farm (Matthew Evans)|
|Fire Pits R Us||Flight Centre Shepparton||Fords Bus Service|
|Fowles Wine||Furphy Foundry and J. Furphy & Sons (Sam and Adam Furphy)||Game Traffic and Contracting|
|Goulburn Valley Party Hire||Greater Shepparton City Council||Griffiths Goodall Insurance Brokers|
|Halsalls Roof Tiling||Higgins Bakery||Hit 96.9 Goulburn Valley|
|Hops and Harvest van||John King Signs||Kalafatis Fresh Produce|
|Kris Muir Design||Little Creatures / Lion||Matthew Evans|
|Maicy Hocking||Messina||Michelini Wines|
|Murchison Wines||National Australia Bank||Parklake|
|Phillips Cellars and Regional Wine Centre||Shepparton Brewery||Shepparton Mazda|
|Shepparton Motor Museum and Collectibles||Shepparton Wood Turners||Sherbourne Terrace Shepparton|
|Snappa’s Mobile Grill and Catering||Sofra Solicitors||Tallis Wine|
|Tatura Milk Industries||The Last Straw||The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank|
|Triple M 95.3 Goulburn Valley||True Organic (Organic dairy farmers)||WillPrint Shepparton|
For any further information, please contact Kim Daldy, Fundraising Coordinator at FamilyCare email@example.com or 0418 300 764.