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New friends, new skills and new experiences – it all happens at the Rainbow Families Resilience Camp.  

We have talked about it for a while, but finally we are putting on a resilience camp for primary school aged children in the Rainbow Families Community. 

A weekend away at Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre from Friday 17th August to Sunday 19th August for primary school aged children and their parents. 

We will be meeting on Friday night at 6pm to catch the ferry across the Hawkesbury River to Milson Island where a welcome dinner awaits. The ferry departs from Brooklyn Wharf - accessible by car or train.

The accommodation is rustic school camp style with everyone in bunk rooms. All meals are provided by the venue and of course dietary requirements will be taken care of.

This camp is all about community, making friend’s and building children’s resilience. The program in based on the Beyond Blue Toolkit for Parents and will have the following goals; building supportive relationships, build autonomy and responsibility, managing our emotions, and create opportunities for personal challenges.

There will be a full planned program for children during the camp. Children will have choice of outdoor group challenges and activities facilitated by a Department of Sport and Recreation Leader, or creative workshops facilitated by Primary School  teacher and Rainbow Families volunteer, Sarah-Louise  Hopkins.  There will be a resilience workshop for parents and children facilitated by Social Worker and Rainbow Families volunteer Vanessa Gonzalez.  Parents will mostly have free to socialise or explore the beautiful natural surrounds.  Prior to the camp you and your child will be asked to set goals to your child.

The Rainbow Families Youth Advisory Council formed in May 2018 and provides an opportunity for our young people to develop leadership skills and advocate on issues they care about. During this camp a Youth Leader from the Council will be allocated to your family. Their job will be to warmly welcome your children and support your children’s participation during the camp. They will be a great source of all things camp information, and keeping up a friendly vibe.    We know that many children and adults with not know each other. We have designed activities to support meeting and making new friends. Come with the spirit of sharing and getting to know your children better, and maybe making some friends yourself. 

The camp is fully catered providing with nutritious and delicious meals. We will arrive on Friday night to a cooked dinner for our group, and our trip will end with a shared lunch on Sunday.

Families stay in comfortable bunk bed rooms with en-suites.  We will book the lodges that can accommodate 4 to a room, 3 and 2 to a room. Pillows are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bags, or sheets and doonas

Campers need to bring all linen, blankets, pillows and towels. 

Tickets are $155 per person. This includes the ferry to and from the island, all meals on the island, two nights accomodation and a weekend full of fun!

This first Rainbow Families Children’s Resilience Camp is made possible by the kind funding from LUSH Cosmetics. A generous funding of $10,000 is contributing towards the cost of putting on this wonderful experience for our community.

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Rainbow Families LGBTIQ Antenatal Class

The Rainbow Families Antenatal Class is Australia’s first LGBITQ specific antenatal class.

Run quarterly, it is perfect for LGBTIQ parents and carers expecting a baby in the next few months.

The Rainbow Families antenatal class is an LGTBIQ focused, inclusive, parenting education class.

The first half of the day is dedicated to the birth process, and is aimed at people who will be in the birth suite.

After lunch the class opens up to all expectant parents and carers, with important information on postnatal care, and what to do when you get home with your baby.

Topics covered in the class include:

  • Early labour
  • Active labour
  • Birth
  • The newborn baby
  • Feeding and recovery
  • Adjusting to parenting
  • Sleep and settling

The class is delivered by Midwife Parent Educators and Child and Family Health Nurses from Sydney Local Health District.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided by the wonderful people at Macquarie Bank, who generously host the day.

Some comments from previous participants:

"Congratulations on running this class - really hope it can continue ongoing, much needed in the community, thank you Rainbow Families"

"Thank you for doing this it’s really great to do birthing classes with people with similar families and to acknowledge same sex partners"

Tickets available here

For more details contact us.

BABY AND CHILD CPR AND FIRST AID CLASS

Rainbow Families is thrilled to partner with CPR Kids to present a baby and child, CPR and Fist Aid class for LGBTIQ parents and carers. 

The course will be hosted at Macquarie Bank in Barangaroo, and is generously offered at a discounted rate thanks to the wonderful team of pediatric nurses at CPR Kids.

Despite our best efforts, accidents can happen! Would you know what to do in an emergency situation? Would you know the right way to help a child or baby who is choking or who has burned themselves? Do you know when to take your child to hospital? Learn hands-on CPR and First Aid skills for babies and children 0 - 8 years of age.

Everyone will have access to their own baby and child manikins to practice on so you will not only know WHAT to do but HOW to do it - when seconds count!

TOPICS COVERED:

CPR for babies and children

First Aid:

  • Drowning response for babies and children
  • Choking
  • Burns
  • Head injuries
  • Poisons
  • Febrile convulsions

What - CPR and First Aid course

Where - 1 Shelley St Sydney

When - Saturday 25th August 2pm - 5pm

Cost - $72 for the Rianbow Families Community - Enter the code "RAINBOW20" to receive a 20% discount

Register here

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Penrith Rainbow Families Catch Up

Penrith Rainbow Families Catch Up

Join the Penrith Rainbow Families group for a catch up and play at the kids play area at Penrith Panthers.

We look forward to meeting you all there.

Join the Penrith Rainbow Families Group on Facebook for updates and more information.

Newcastle and Hunter Rainbow Families Meet Up

Join the Newcastle and Hunter Rainbow Families Group for their August Catch Up at Blackbutt Reserve.

Bring a picnic or BBQ lunch, and spend some time with other LGBTIQ families from the Newcastle area.

For more details about the day check out the Facebook Group

To find out more information about the Newcastle and Hunter Rainbow Families Group see their website.

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Rainbow Families Playgroup Erskineville Wear it Purple Dress Up Day

To celebrate Wear It Purple Day, the Rainbow Families Erskineville Playgroup is having a very special purple day!

Come dressed in your best purple outfit and join us for some purple arts and craft, playdough and special purple snacks.

Our usual $3 per family weekly attendance fee will be donated to Wear It Purple.

Gay Dads Catch Up - Father's Day Special!!!

Gay Dads Catch Up - Father's Day Special!!!

Join us for the Gay Dads catch up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

It will take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

This catch up is open to all GBTIQ Dads, their families and friends, including dads in planning, dads through fostering; adoption; surrogacy; donor; co-parents and those of us who play a father figure role in a child's life.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

How to train your dragon - outdoor movie screening

In partnership with Rainbow Families, Queerscreen is putting on an afternoon of fun in Sydney Park on Sunday September 16th from midday.

A special outdoor screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Five years have passed since Hiccup and Toothless united the dragons and Vikings of Berk. Now, they spend their time charting the island's unmapped territories. During one of their adventures, the pair discover a secret cave that houses hundreds of wild dragons -- and a mysterious dragon rider who turns out to be Hiccup's long-lost mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett). Hiccup and Toothless then find themselves at the center of a battle to protect Berk from a power-hungry warrior named Dragon.

 

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FAMBO

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Fambo is a one day queer contemporary arts festival for LGBTIQA+ families with children aged 4-12 years.

LGBTIQA+ identified artists across disciplines have been invited to create and lead workshops, activities and performances for young people and their families that celebrate the queer experience through connection, creation, participation and play.

Offering a new and exciting opportunity for queer families to engage in queer contemporary arts and culture, Fambo is a first of its kind festival that seeks to bring together community in a space where gender is not binary or imposed, different bodies are not othered, and creative expression of self is encouraged, celebrated and safe.

For more details check out the Fambo website

Hills District Rainbow Families Catch Up

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Join the Rainbow Families of the Hills District for a play in the park and catch up.

Grab a coffee, bring the kids, and come along to meet the wonderful LGBTIQ parents and their children that live in the Hills District.

Sunday August 14th, from 10 am at Fagan Park Galston

Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads catch up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

It will take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

This catch up is open to all GBTIQ Dads, their families and friends, including dads in planning, dads through fostering; adoption; surrogacy; donor; co-parents and those of us who play a father figure role in a child's life.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

PPP Parenting Course

A seminar series for LGBTIQ parents and carers of children aged 3-10 who want to brush up on their parenting skills, find new ways of dealing with their children's behaviour and learn the PPP approach to dealing with behavioural challenges. It is also a chance to meet other same sex and gender diverse parents, enjoy learning new skills and gain information about further support.

Triple P is a parenting program, but it doesn’t tell you how to be a parent. It’s more like a toolbox of ideas. You choose the strategies you need. You choose the way you want to use them. It’s all about making Triple P work for you.

Triple P helps you:

  • Raise happy, confident kids
  • Manage misbehaviour so everyone in the family enjoys life more
  • Set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows
  • Encourage behaviour you like
  • Take care of yourself as a parent
  • Feel confident you’re doing the right thing

PPP is not specifically designed for LGBTIQ parents and carers. Athina Shelston from Sydney Local Area Health will be presenting the course. Athina is a supporter of Rainbow Families and sensitive to the needs of our families. The learning environment will be a safe space for LGBTIQ parents and carers to share their experience, and learn new skills.

Rainbow Families is thrilled to partner with Sydney Local Health District to bring this important education series to the LGBTIQ community. 

Family psychologist and Rainbow Families volunteer Jacqueline Mcdiarmid has developed a workshop to be run on the fourth week specifically for LGBTIQ parents. This will cover topics relevant to our community, and will be a great opportunity to learn from other LGBTIQ parents.

The four week course builds on skills from week to week, so attendance each week is preferred. There are only 14 spaces available, so if you are interested please make sure you can attend all four sessions.

Course Dates:

Monday October 22

Monday October 29

Monday November 5

Monday November 12

If you have any questions please contact us.

Register here

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Halloween Disco

Halloween Disco

Addison Road Community Centre - Gumbramorra Hall (map)

The Rainbow Families Halloween Disco is back again!!!

Bring the whole family, kids, parents, carers, extended family and friends.
Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Rd Community Centre. 142 Addison Rd Marrickville


DJ Kate Monroe, Face Painters, Jumping Castles and more
Everyone should dress up!

Get set for an afternoon of great grooves and good times as Rainbow Families take over the main hall at Addison Road Community Centre to serve up wicked tunes and spooky shenanigans for the whole family. The wonderful Kate Monroe is returning to man the decks, so expect to hear songs that will get both you and the kids shaking your booty.

The huge outdoor grass area will be available, so bring your picnic blankets as well as your dancing shoes and of course make sure you are dressed up in your scariest Halloween costume. 

The Rainbow Families Halloween Disco is an inclusive event for adults and children with disability. There will be a chill out space under the Rainbow Families marquee where families can relax and play while still being part of the main event.

If you would like to volunteer to help out on the day, please contact us

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Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads catch up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

It will take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

This catch up is open to all GBTIQ Dads, their families and friends, including dads in planning, dads through fostering; adoption; surrogacy; donor; co-parents and those of us who play a father figure role in a child's life.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

Hills District Rainbow Families Catch Up

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Join the Rainbow Families of the Hills District for a play in the park and catch up.

Grab a coffee, bring the kids, and come along to meet the wonderful LGBTIQ parents and their children that live in the Hills District.

Saturday December 8th, from 10 am at Lake Parramatta

Rainbow Families End of Year Party

Petersham Park (map)

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It's hard to believe that 2018 is almost over. Come along to the Rainbow Families end of year celebration!

Join us at Petersham Park for a BBQ picnic to celebrate all the wonderful things our families have done in 2018.  Rainbow Families will provide a free sausage sizzle and Santa has confirmed he will be there handing out gifts to children.

 

We will be positioned near the playground, just outside the entrance to the swimming pool. Parking can be tricky, so get there early or come on the bus!

Bring your swimmers so we can all jump in the Fanny Durack pool after lunch.

It will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, and of course meet lots of new LGBTIQ families.

As this is a fully outdoor event, it is weather dependent. If we have poor weather, the event will be moved to another venue. Please check the Facebook event on the day for any updates if you are in doubt.

Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads catch up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

It will take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

This catch up is open to all GBTIQ Dads, their families and friends, including dads in planning, dads through fostering; adoption; surrogacy; donor; co-parents and those of us who play a father figure role in a child's life.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads catch up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

It will take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

This catch up is open to all GBTIQ Dads, their families and friends, including dads in planning, dads through fostering; adoption; surrogacy; donor; co-parents and those of us who play a father figure role in a child's life.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads catch up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

It will take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

This catch up is open to all GBTIQ Dads, their families and friends, including dads in planning, dads through fostering; adoption; surrogacy; donor; co-parents and those of us who play a father figure role in a child's life.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads catch up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

It will take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

This catch up is open to all GBTIQ Dads, their families and friends, including dads in planning, dads through fostering; adoption; surrogacy; donor; co-parents and those of us who play a father figure role in a child's life.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads catch up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

It will take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

This catch up is open to all GBTIQ Dads, their families and friends, including dads in planning, dads through fostering; adoption; surrogacy; donor; co-parents and those of us who play a father figure role in a child's life.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.