Helping families to thrive at home
- 10 March 2021 2:23PM
Getting back on track after a rough time can be a challenge, especially with a little one to consider. Makayla and Andrew were living in a caravan park with their one-year old son, following a period of rough sleeping and couch surfing. Fortunately, they found help through an outreach worker from Thriving Families who visited the caravan park.
Thriving families is a community-based family support service that is located at the Nambour Community Centre. They help families through targeted family support, community playgroups, women’s social support and parent education. They also connect families with other support organisations.
With the support of the staff at Thriving Families, Makayla has been able to obtain childcare for her son and to access financial supports. She was also referred to the Maroochydore Housing Service Centre who were able to connect the young family into social housing.
“It’s been a long time since we have had a place of our own. Now we have a 2-bedroom unit that is walking distance to Sunshine Plaza at Maroochydore,” Makayla said.
Makayla also takes advantage of the groups that are run at the Nambour Community Centre. She attends a weekly playgroup with her son that helps her connect with other mothers and children in her community.
Angela, Social Worker at Thriving families, says she has seen a big change in Makayla since she first met her.
“Makayla’s energy, independence and self-worth are all coming back,” said Angela.
“Now that her son is attending day care once a week, Makayla can work towards her goals. She wants to further her education and obtain work.”
Marilyn, Area Manager at the Maroochydore HSC, says that she became aware of Makayla and her family and their need for long-term housing at a network meeting that brings together Sunshine Coast providers.
“Our goal at these meetings is to identify those at greatest risk, like Makayla and her family, and prioritise housing solutions for them,” Marilyn said.