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

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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.

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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.

This year the wonderful team at Macquarie Bank are supporting the disco which means it will be bigger and better than ever before!

Everyone's favourite Drag Queen Coco Jumbo will be making a special appearance and putting on a show for the kids and their parents.

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Rainbow Families Illawarra Catch Up

The Rainbow Families Illawarra Catch Up is on again!

Grab a coffee from the cafe at the Beaton Park and Lakeside Leisure Centres and join us at the children's playground for a catch up with our wonderful community.

Our events are a great way to catch up with old friends, and meet some of the new additions to the Rainbow Families Illawarra group.

For more details check out the Facebook Group.

What: Rainbow Families Illawarra Catch Up

When: Saturday November 3rd from 10 am

Cost: Free

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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.

Rainbow Families LGBTIQA+ Antenatal and Postnatal Class

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

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

The Rainbow Families antenatal class is an LGTBIQA+ 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.

Rainbow Families End of Year Party

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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.