Organisations working together to keep children entertained and safe at home
Social Futures, Bunjum Aboriginal Corporation and Northcott have joined forces to create ‘Stay at Home Fun Packs’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who have children with disability. These packs provide ideas and activities to do with children while staying at home, and a message for parents and carers emphasising that – although it can look a bit different – they are still supported and all three organisations are there for children, families and carers.
Social Futures and Northcott are NDIS Partners in the Community, delivering Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in the Far North Coast. Both organisations have been working alongside the Bunjum Aboriginal Corporation, a wholly Aboriginal organisation that provides culturally appropriate services for the Aboriginal community.
The Community Development Coordinator at Social Futures, Shay Churchill (above centre), said: “We put together 30 packs that were curated collaboratively by all three organisations and include culturally inclusive resources such a ‘Bundjalung Language Activity Book’, sensory and disability specific resources including a range of sensory tools, a ‘COVID-19 Communication Board’ and information about how to access our services. It’s great to see that Bunjum Early Linkers are already delivering these packs to families who they have been supporting to access disability supports across Northern NSW.”
The bags have been distributed by Bunjum Early Linkers’ Letisha Roberts (above right) and Ettikai Reuben in the Lismore, Ballina and Tweed Heads areas. Letisha was thrilled to share that “when I dropped the packs off to my clients they all seemed to say ‘wow that’s awesome’ and a lot of the kids grabbed the slinky and all sat and played with it”.
Northcott ECEI Facilitator Donna Jones (above left) added: “At a time of uncertainty, it’s very important that organisations like ours get together to collaborate and support those who most need it. Each of us have brought experience and information to help families navigate this period where children are staying at home. It is also very important to have that contact and emphasise that services are still open and that we are here to work with them.”
Northcott’s ECEI team has put together some resources to help parents keep children entertained and informed while staying home.
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