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We are excited that our new parents group will be running again in 2021.
Facilitated by Jo Fletcher from Alexandria Park Community Centre, the group is a safe, inclusive, supported group for new LGBTQ+ parents.
Being with community is vitally important in the early months for parents. Our new parents group provides a space for queer parents to be meet other people with diverse families, build connections and friendships.
Jo is also able to refer parents to other services if families are in need of additional support and assistance with their adjustment to family life.
Where: Alexandria Park Community Centre – cnr Power Ave & Park Rd, Alexandria (enter via black gate to the right of small car park)
When: Tuesday 10am – 11.30 pm during school term time
For more information about the group and to register please contact us.
As the sun was fading over the Narrabeen Lake, some 40 children and their families arrived at Narrabeen Sport and Rec Camp Site for our Resilience Camp. The camp program was designed to support children to develop the building blocks for resilience, and space for parents to share their stories and their hopes for their parenting and their children. Many parents saw their children try new things, make new friends, and they themselves made new connections.
For many, it was also an opportunity to feel a sense of belonging and solidarity, to be authentic and be able to share some of the challenges of parenting, our fears and our hopes for our families. And to be with community.
It was nice to spend time together as a family, and it was nice to also spend time together with our community. - Parent feedback
Children and Parent Resilience Workshops
This year our wonderful CoChair Vanessa Gonzalez ran resilience workshops for parents and children. In small groups parents were able to share their challenges, and secrets to success, as well as their feelings about coming to camp. In the kids workshops, the group worked together to identify resilience skills, and tools to implement to be able to bounce back.
Those that attended have reported that it felt safe, supportive and a much-needed event.
We don’t live in the Inner West, it can feel isolating where we are as not a huge active Rainbow community here. As a parent, it was also nice to just have time to talk to other parents without the pressures of rushing around/school/work/ etc etc we could take time to get to know one another. - Parent feedback
Many parents spoke about sometimes feeling invisible as rainbow parents, or judged, alone, or about the weight of upholding a reputation as a perfect parent in the face of some discrimination. Many spoke about feeling they could be themselves at camp.
Best part was as we were leaving camp and my son telling me how families come in all sorts of ways, 2 mums, 2 dads, 2 mums and 2 dads, 1 mum, 1 dad; however, they are all families! - Parent feedback
There were 24 family groups which reflected our vibrantly diverse community including one trans and gender diverse-parented family, many single-parented families, 1 co-parented family, a nice mix of lesbian mums, gay dads and bi+ parents. Families travelled from various locations including from Inner West, Eastern Suburbs and outer Sydney as well as regional NSW. There was also a wide age range of children which ranged from 4 month to 12 years old
The kids really loved it all, this was their first rainbow Families experience as we are from the country, and a newly rainbow family. The camp brought up list of questions from the kids and we had the time and space to answer them. Our family was normalized in a way we just can't do in our country community. - Parent feedback
Children had the opportunity to participate in a packed program.
The camp was a technology free space, and during the small times of free time there were spontaneous games of soccer, Uno, colouring-in, making friendship bracelets, and tip in the dark.
My daughter loved all of the outdoor activities - canoeing, archery, swimming, cricket, scooting. My daughter enjoyed making new friends with the other kids at the camp. It was great to see her with new kids connecting, and having fun.
My children loved meeting lots of different kids from different families. Loved all the sports activities and freedom to be able to run around independently. – Parent feedback
Contribution from Lush
Lush made a generous contribution towards the camp. This year we used this money to pay for a number of families that would not otherwise have had the opportunity to go to camp. We also offered discount places to families on low incomes. Around half of the attendees were at camp because of the contribution from Lush. These families were extremely grateful for the opportunity to come to camp.
We received free tickets and this helped us a lot. We wouldn't have been able to come along otherwise. My kids and I attended last year's camp and I really wanted my partner to come this time as she feels very disconnected from the Rainbow community. So having the opportunity for us to attend for her benefit was absolutely amazing. She walked away meeting new friends and making new connections and thoroughly enjoyed her time.
Our places were fully funded. Without this we couldn't have gone to camp.
Camp 2021 -
We are already planning next year's camp and hope to see you there.
Everyone has been asking when Playgroup will start again. Finally we have a date for playgroup to return in a COVID safe way.
We have been in regular contact with the City of Sydney and Playgroup NSW about when we can restart our Playgroup and the good news is we are back at Joesph Sargent Community Centre in Erskineville!
Playgroup will be on each Thursday from 10am to midday.
Keeping it COVID safe, we will have limited activities and no shared food. We will have hand sanitiser, and antibacterial wipes available for families to use.
Morning tea is such an important part of our playgroup where everyone sits together and shares a snack. In line with our COVID safe plan everyone will have to bring their own food and drinks, and will not be able to share food with other families.
To ensure social distancing of our babies please bring your own baby mat. Unfortunately we can’t provide our usual large baby mat.
And of course if you or your little ones are feeling unwell on the day, or suspect you have COVID, or have been in contact with anyone that has please stay home.
We can’t wait to get the gang back together and catch up with all our friends!
This weeks home schooling activity is designed to get your children thinking about five adults they can call on for help if they need.