Staff fit for the job to help mums

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

STAFF at the Brunswick Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre are hop­ing to help with one of the stresses of tak­ing a new baby home from the hos­pi­tal for the first time.

“There are so many things to learn when you be­come a new par­ent,” cen­tre pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Tina Wallis said.

“Let us fit the baby seat for you.”

Af­ter com­plet­ing for­mal train­ing through a WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion course, Mrs Wallis is now a qual­i­fied and reg­is­tered Type 1 Child Car Re­straint Fit­ter.

She said the cen­tre iden­ti­fied the need for a qual­i­fied fit­ter due to the num­ber of young fam­i­lies in the area and the dif­fi­culty they could en­counter when fit­ting a new child car seat.

“This is all part of our plan to di­ver­sify our ser­vices to bet­ter suit the needs of the com­mu­nity.”

Mrs Wallis said many peo­ple were not aware child car seats had an ex­piry date, af­ter which point their ef­fec­tive­ness could de­crease, or they could be ob­so­lete due to a change in leg­is­la­tion.

“Also, peo­ple who have ob­tained a child car seat sec­ond hand can come here and we can in­spect the seat to see if it is in date, safe to use, and com­plies with reg­u­la­tions.”

Book­ings can be made through the CRC on 9726 1452 or via email at pro­grams@the­hubwa.org.au/

Pic­ture: Jacinta Can­ta­tore

Brunswick Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Tina Wal­lis demon­strates how to cor­rectly in­stall a child car seat.

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