VICSEG New Futures - Finalist in 2017 Victorian Early Years Awards


Supporting parents to build their capacity and confidence

Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities

Victorian Cooperative on Children’s Services for Ethnic Groups (VICSEG New Futures) in partnership with:  

The Smith Family - Brimbank Communities for Children 
Uniting/Hume Communities for Children
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Centre for Parent and Child Support 

Helping parents from culturally diverse communities develop positive parenting strategies, confidence and skills, is at the heart of the unique education and support program, Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities.

The eight week ‘Being a Parent' program aims to improve knowledge of local early years services, create new support networks and support parents of children aged 2-12 years. 

“This program builds the confidence of mums and dads to parent children in their newly adopted country,” Community Programs Manager at the Victorian Cooperative on Children’s Services for Ethnic Groups New Futures, Janet Elefsiniotis said.

The program has been trialled for the past two years. It is offered in local primary school community hubs, includes onsite childcare to support parents' participation and also trains interested parents to introduce the course within their own communities, extending access to the program in a safe and trusting environment. Continue reading..