Media Release: Targeted programs to support WA parents and families

The Morrison Government is investing $8.4 million to the Ngala Community Services to support a suite of programs that will assist young and vulnerable parents, provide mental health support to fathers and assist young people in trouble with the law.

Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston said, the Morrison Government’s priority was giving Aussie families the tools to tackle any challenges that were thrown their way.

“This investment will bring community partners together to deliver a range of local early intervention programs, including to work with at-risk families and develop connections between parents, educators and community leaders,” Minister Ruston said.

“We all want the best for our kids and we’re helping parents to give their children the best start in life.

“The Morrison Government’s strong management of the economy gives us the means to invest in practical community programs.”

Programs will help promote healthy lifestyles, maintain school attendance, develop greater connections between families and teachers, improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children education and support vulnerable parents.

Liberal candidate for Swan, Kristy McSweeney said, with a long history of working with families across Western Australia and Swan, Ngala Community Services was well placed to deliver local support.

“We know that this funding will further strengthen family relationships, prevent breakdown and ensure children feel secure at home,” Ms McSweeney said.

“It will empower young people in their parenting role and build their local connections to social, economic and community resources.

“I am absolutely committed to working with organisations across Swan to make our great community even better.”

Ngala CEO, Fiona Beermier, said the investment would fund prevention supports, strengthen families and empower young people and parents to thrive in the community.

“The funding contribution will allow Ngala to continue to deliver workshops and sessions across the state, supporting parents, children and carers, where the best possible outcome of the child is always in focus,” Ms Beermier said.

“Our services have grown year-on-year and to meet the increasing demand is only possible through  continued funding support.

“For example, our Nurturing and Parenting Program for Youth was delivered to just one group of parents when it commenced in 2015 and is now provided to four.”

Only the Morrison Government will continue to deliver a better future for West Australians, and this is part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.

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