Fam­ily Start avail­able in Gore and Mataura

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The in­tro­duc­tion of the Fam­ily Start pro­gramme to Gore and Mataura will pro­vide sup­port for fam­i­lies in need.

The home vis­it­ing pro­gramme, which is de­liv­ered by Fam­ily Works, as­sists par­ents with the health, wel­fare and ed­u­ca­tion needs of their chil­dren and as­sists par­ents with other is­sues they may be fac­ing as part of day to day life.

The pro­gramme’s pos­i­tive im­pact lo­cally and na­tion­ally has led to the Min­istry of Vul­ner­a­ble Chil­dren Oranga Ta­mariki sup­port­ing the ex­ten­sion of the pro­gramme into Gore and Mataura for 16 fam­i­lies.

Fam­ily Works man­ager Dawn Lloyd said be­ing able to de­liver the pro­gramme into Gore and Mataura will fill a much-needed void.

‘‘Fam­ily Start is an in­cred­i­bly valu­able pro­gramme, with a very high rate of suc­cess when it comes to im­prov­ing the lives of fam­i­lies both in South­land and na­tion­ally.

‘‘There has been a need for Fam­ily Start in ru­ral South­land for some time now, so it is pleas­ing that we can now of­fer this level of sup­port in a num­ber of ar­eas,’’ MLloyd said.

Fam­ily Start sup­ports fam­i­lies early; ac­cept­ing re­fer­rals from when a mother is first preg­nant.

There is a fo­cus on im­prov­ing the par­ents’ skills for the ben­e­fit of the child.

To find out more go to www.fam­i­ly­workssld.nz or phone 0800 707 808.

‘‘There has been a need for Fam­ily Start in ru­ral South­land for some time now’’

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