Victorian Government funding to expand Supported Playgroup Program


VICSEG New Futures receives funding from the Victorian government to expand our successful Supported Playgroup Program

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

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

The new funding will allow us to continue our efforts in engaging women from new and emerging communities in their children's education as well as their own social connections.

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.