Programs aim to improve wellbeing of Capricorn kids

CELEBRATED Australia-wide during the fourth week in October, Children's Week recognises the right of children to enjoy childhood.

It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.

Improving the wellbeing of children in the Capricorn region, The Smith Family has been the Communities for Children Facilitating Partner in the area for four years.

Project Manager Michelle Roberts said the partnerships works with local organisations to empower and support a strong, child-friendly community.

"We build on local strengths to meet local community needs, and facilitate the delivery of a range of services designed to improve outcomes for children aged birth to 12 years and their families," she said.

"We have been funding organisations to develop and deliver programs that benefit the local community since 2011.

"Through this, we have seen some excellent programs developed locally that have made a real difference to children within the Capricorn Region."

Some of these programs include:

Binbi Meta (partnered with Bidgerdii Community Health Service) works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kinship families in their homes.

Through the 12 month program, families will undergo health checks, wellbeing assessments and participate in the development of Kinship Family Care Plans.

Binbi Meta will also be working with local schools to help students learn about healthy lifestyle behaviours.

Step into Prep (partnered with Playgroup Queensland) is an eight-week school preparation project delivered in schools in Terms 3 and 4 at participating schools. The program is offered to children starting Prep the following year, and targets families with children who are not enrolled in formal education and care or kindergarten services.

Beach Day Out (partnered by Livingstone Shire Council) is an all abilities event that promotes a positive community attitude towards children and families with a disability, with a strong focus on social inclusion and the breaking down of stereotypes.

Young Empowered Parents (partnered by Girls Time Out) is a program that contributes to positive beginnings for young parents up to the age of 25 and consists of four modules: Keeping Me, Keeping Baby, Keeping Home and Yimba Yaddabah.

Bringing up Great Kids in Capricorn (partnered by CentecareCQ) is a six-week program for parents of children aged birth to 12 years and improves parents' capacity to develop and model respectful relationships.

Tackle6 (partnered by Darumbal Community Youth Service Inc) uses rugby league as a vehicle to address six major issues that present as significant barriers to children's ability to learn in a primary school setting for children aged nine to 12 years. Tackle6 builds children's capacity to cope, enabling them to thrive in a school environment as well as increasing school attendance rates.

Connect and Grow (partnered by Playgroup Queensland) is a nine-week term-based parenting program delivered through playgroups and early education centres that will improve the health, wellbeing and development of children aged birth to 5 years and build parenting capacity through play-based learning.

It's all about me (partnered by Carers Queensland) works with young carers aged 5 - 12 years, their siblings, and families. Teaches children resilience, self-esteem and emotional skills such as coping with stress and worry, developing their social skills, recognising and regulating emotions, positive thinking, problem solving and relaxation.

Yimba Bira (partnered by Darumbal Community Youth Service Inc) utilises traditional indigenous games to engage with students and children aged from 3 - 8 years to increase their understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures while increasing physical activity, communication and gross motor skills.

Children's Festival - Romp in the Park (partnered by CQUniversity) is held annually during Under Eight's Week and provides awareness and education around early childhood development.

Communities for Children Facilitating Partner Initiative Capricorn is funded by the Australian Government and facilitated by The Smith Family

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