Victorian Government funding to expand Supported Playgroup Program

04-Sep-2019

VICSEG New Futures receives funding from the Victorian government to expand our successful Supported Playgroup Program for newly arrived refugee & asylum seeker families

Image: Chinese supported playgroup participants enjoying a sunny day in the park, Bundoora.

On Wednesday the 28th of August 2019, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne announced $490,000 in funding to expand our Supported Playgroup Program (Media release).

Our playgroups actively support hundreds of families throughout the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. Playgroups support children’s bilingual language development and provide early learning experiences that promote positive pathways to kindergarten and primary school.  Conducted in local schools and community centers, our playgroups support social inclusion at a local community level.

Parents benefit from social support and friendship, as well as practical information about health, nutrition and child well-being. With ongoing financial support from the Victorian and Australian governments,
we continue to facilitate 40 playgroups that benefit over 800 parents and 1,200 children each year. Our weekly playgroups are well attended by families from cultural backgrounds that include: Assyrian-Chaldean, Iranian, Syrian, Iraqi, Hazara, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri-Lankan Tamil, Nepalese, Filipino, South Sudanese, Horn of Africa, Chinese, Vietnamese, Chin and Karen Burmese.

The new funding provides us with the opportunity to also expand our reach to the South-eastern suburbs with three new playgroups in Dandenong and Springvale to start in 2020.

All our playgroups are free and facilitated by trained and experienced bilingual playgroup leaders.

We welcome this fitting response from the Victorian government to support the needs of families, particularly women and children from culturally diverse communities.

VICSEG New Futures would like to thank the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion (MASC) for supporting our initiatives in helping create opportunities for diverse communities. We are also grateful for the support of a number of local Primary schools across the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne.