12 November, 2014

Barnardos Auburn Children’s Family Centre will celebrate 40 years of supporting vulnerable families in the local community today.

Opened in November 1974, the Auburn Centre was the first of its kind and became the blueprint for subsequent Barnardos Children’s Family Centres. The Centres serve as a ‘one stop shop’, enabling families in crisis to get the help they need from one place.

The Centre supports local families facing problems known to lead to family breakdown, such as chronic poverty, social isolation, substance abuse, mental illness and family violence, by providing a range of family support and prevention services to keep children out of Out Of Home Care.

A local landmark, the Centre holds a special place in the Auburn community, due to its deep commitment to supporting local families in crisis and protecting children and young people at risk of significant harm.

Barnardos Auburn Centre Manager, Mary Haiek has worked directly with hundreds of families in crisis over the past 10 years and has witnessed the benefits of integrated service delivery first hand.

“I am so proud of what our Centre has achieved over the past 40 years, in improving the life chances of so many vulnerable local children and their families,” she said.

The Auburn Centre services also work successfully in partnership with other local providers to maximise efforts to reduce care and protection concerns and enhance children’s well-being.

“The Centre is unique because a family only needs to tell their story once to access a range of programs and services - from crisis assistance though to long-term support,"Mary says.

"Our staff bring their best efforts to bear on a range of child protection issues.  By offering multiple services from our Centre, we all share the same goal – for the lives of children and young people to change for the better".”

Barnardos Auburn is marking the milestone with a 40th celebration featuring performances from Berala Public School and official speakers including past Barnardos clients who have been helped by the Centre.

Guests including representatives from Government, local business and community groups will receive a tour of the Centre, showcasing its welfare and children’s services.

Also to be unveiled is an inspiring collection of over 90 artworks created by the children, young people, parents and carers from Barnardos Auburn Children’s Family Centre, representing a visual statement of what Barnardos means to them. After the event the colourful collection will remain on permanent display as an uplifting reminder of the role the Centre plays in improving the lives of local families and children.

About Barnardos Auburn Children’s Family Centre

The Auburn Centre was established in November 1974 and was the first of Barnardos Children’s Family Centres. Family Centres now operate throughout NSW and the ACT. Local families with children experiencing difficulties can access a range of programs including:

  • family support and preservation services
  • kin care support
  • ong day care (child care) for children aged 2-5 years
  • temporary accommodation for  families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • temporary family care  (crisis and short term foster care)
  • specialist homeless services for young people
  • youth support services
  • child and adolescent sexual assault counselling
  • domestic violence support

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