KARI was recently awarded a $10,000 grant through the Sidney Myer Fund Small Grants Program, to fund its 2017 Brighter Futures Camp. The grants program aims to:
- Alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage
- Demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage
- Strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage.
KARI’s Brighter Futures Program offers vulnerable families with children aged 0-9 years, and families expecting a child, with support and resources to help prevent the escalation of emergency child protection services.
Volunteers provide the parents with the skills and understanding they need to create a healthy environment in which the children can be happy and thrive.
To be eligible, families must be impacted by at least one of the following vulnerabilities:
- Lack of parenting skills or inadequate supervision
- Parents with significant learning or intellectual disabilities
- Domestic and family violence
- Parent mental health issues
- Drug or alcohol misuse
The program offers ongoing support in the following ways:
- Case management
- Home visits
- Support with accessing childcare
- Provides direct entry point to the KARI Multidisciplinary Playgroup
- Delivers parenting programs in both a one-on-one and group environment
We are thrilled that such an important program is being acknowledged and supported so that we can extend on these offerings and services to better assist those in need. Keep an eye out for an update about the camp later in the year.