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BYRON SHIRE SHIRE - Ballina Byron Family Centre


       SEPTEMBER        2012-FEBRUARY         2013
        To contribute information to the
                                                                       Calendar of
         next edition please contact the
             Community Worker on                                        Child &
                 Ph: 66 804 919
                                           Family Events
  A printable copy of this Calendar can be found at the Ballina
                 Byron Family Centre website:

             and the Byron Shire Council website:

     Copies are available around Byron Shire at the following
  locations: Community and Neighbourhood Centres, Libraries,
             Playgroups, Primary Schools, Preschools,
                   Community Health Centres.

                                                                          September 2012
                                                                          – February 2013
               A Families NSW Initiative
                                                                  Produced by the Ballina Byron Family Centre
   Please note that the information contained in this booklet       
appears as given by each program or group. Families NSW cannot
              vouchsafe any claims made by them.
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Other useful resources and websites

Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre
Info and referral, access to internet, emergency relief for families in
need of food, soup kitchen, car pool project and more….
                                                     PH: 66841286

Byron Community and Cultural Centre
Info and referral, emergency relief, No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS),
Liberation Larder, Financial and Legal Advice and more….                               PH: 66856807

Byron Shire Council
Website contains information about community services, local parks
and playgrounds, pools, skate parks and other community facilities.                         PH: 66267000

Ballina Byron Family Centre (BBFC)
Provides a range of family and children’s support programmes in the
Byron Shire and produces this booklet. Check the website for more
information.                                     PH: 66864109

Ocean Shores Parent Resource Centre
Information, referral and support services for families in the Byron
Shire . (A program of the BBFC)                      PH: 66804919

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                  Useful Phone Numbers
                                            13 2111         Contents
Parent Line                                 1300 1300 52
Kids Help Line                              1800 551 800     Groups and
Lifeline                                    13 1114          Children’s Activities……………………………………………....4 - 9
KARITANE          (24hr parenting info)     1800 677961
TRESSILIAN        (24hr parenting info)     1800 637357
                                                             Parenting Programs
                                                             and Family Support……………………………………...….…10 - 15
FINANCIAL COUNSELLING                       66 222171
LEGAL ADVICE                                66 212082        Health Services
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES                                   and Programs…………………………….….……………….…...6 - 22
Domestic Violence Line                      1800 656 463
DV Connect                                  1800 811 811     Welfare Support……………………………………………….. 23 - 26
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRES                                     Counselling, legal, financial, domestic violence,
Byron                                        66 856254       information and referral services
Mullumbimby                                  66 841677
Bangalow                                     66 870000
                                                             Disability Support Services…………………………….…..27 - 32
Byron                                        66 859499
                                                             Emergency Relief Assistance………………………………….…33
Bangalow                                     66 871404
Brunswick                                    66 851277
Mullumbimby                                  66 842144       Useful Contacts and Websites………………….…….....34 - 35
ACCESS LINE                                 1300 369 968
TENANTS ADVOCACY SERVICE                    1800 649 135

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      CALENDAR         OF   CHILD     &   FAMILY   EVENTS
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 Sunrise Beach Supported Playgroup                                                 EMERGENCY                          Some agencies offer assistance
                                                                                                                      with financial support and/or
A supported playgroup                             Jacaranda Park,
                                                                                   RELIEF                             groceries.
for children up to 5                              Jacaranda Drive,
years of age, providing stories, songs            Sunrise Beach                    C3 Food Care
and craft activities.                             (behind Byron Bay Arts &         40 Banksia Drive, Byron Industrial Estate
Come and have fun with your kids and              Industrial Estate)               Thurs 9.30am-12noon and Tues 5.30pm-7pm
meet other parents.                                                                Provide families with Health Care Card or Pension card with
                                                  Thursdays during school terms
Information about child development,              10am – 12pm                      access to discounted groceries (uses a points system).
parenting and local support services is
also available.
                                                                                   Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre
                                                  For further info.
                                                                                   55 Daley Street Mullumbimby
(Please note: no playgroup                        Phone 66864109 or 66804919
during wet weather, public
                                                                                   Vegetarian soup meals Weds 5-6pm Gold coin donation
holidays or school holidays)                      A Program of the Ballina Byron   Emergency Relief Program Mon-Thurs 11-2 pm
                                                  Family Centre Inc.
Cost: FREE                                                                         Brunswick Heads Community Centre
                                                                                   Emergency Relief Program
SPAGHETTI CIRCUs                       is one of Australia’s leading youth         By appointment Mondays and Fridays Ph: 66 856807
circuses providing highly specialised circus and physical theatre training.
                                                                                   Byron Cultural and Community Centre Ph: 66 856807
Classes for little people include:                                                 Provides financial and legal advice; Access to No Interest Loans
                                                                                   scheme (NILS); Liberation Larder and Emergency Relief program.
Toddilini’s:        For babies & their parents
Fridays             9.30-11am
                                                                                   St Vincent De Paul Society also offers assistance:
Mini Noodles:       2-4 year olds & parents                                        Brunswick Heads            66 851443
Mondays             10-10.45am
Thursday            9.30-10.15am                                                   Byron Bay                  66 857052
Mini Macaroni’s: 4-5 year olds & parents                                           Mullumbimby                66 842639
Mondays          11-12 noon
Thursdays        10.30 -11.30am
Class enquiries for children aged 5-16 years                                       Please note, some agencies will require a
please contact Spaghetti Circus on 66843038 or                                     Centrelink referral.
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                                                                                          DAD’S and Kids                                                           PAGE      5

In Home Childcare (provided in the family home) for eligible families.
                                                                                          Playgroup ….
Covers Ballina, Byron and Tweed Shires.
                                                                                          Join us for a morning of fun and play with
Tel: 07 5536 1865                                                                         your children! An opportunity to chat
Fax: 07 5536 8069                                                                         with other dads and carers in a supportive
Mob: 0437 137730

There must be no access to existing childcare services and then one of the following      Mondays 10-12 (school terms only)
criteria must apply: Parent/s is/are shift workers, parent/s have a disability/illness    at the Ocean Shores Baptist Community
or a child or children with a disability/illness, parents with more than three children   Church on Rajah Rd, Ocean Shores
not yet at school, or where the family live in a rural/remote area.                                                                              Supported by the
Contact Kym Georgeson to check on your eligibility.                                                                                              Fella’s Family Project, a
Childcare benefit approved service. NFP organisation.                                                                                            program of BBFC.
                                                                                          Contact 66 811036 for more information.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance - Life Points Rural
Cerebral Palsy Alliance                     Supporting children with Cerebral Palsy
2B High Street, Alstonville                 and with limited funded positions for
PO Box 410                                  school age children with significant and                  Young Mum’s Support Circle
Alstonville NSW 2477                        complex needs.
                                            Our service offers:                             The Young Mum’s Support Circle provides a supportive meeting place for Mums
Tel: 02 6628 5976                           - Support in the home environment,             to come together and share stories, ideas and experiences while children socialise
Fax: 02 6628 3875                           school and community                            and play in a safe environment. The Support Circle is an informal group with the                     - Support to families & schools to help          occasional guest speaker on topics including; child development, self care, first
Open Monday-Friday                          children with access & maximize partici-                         aid, yoga, nutrition and music & play for babies.
8.30am-4pm                                  pation                                                               Expectant Mum’s are also very welcome.
                                            - Ideas on recreational & leisure options
Outreach throughout the mid and far         - Advice on equipment & technology             When we meet: Every Thursday during the school term between 10am & 12pm
North Coast Region.                          - Help children and teenagers                  Where we meet: The Baptist Community Centre, Cnr Bindaree Way & Rajah
                                            prepare for life transitions                                             Road, OCEAN SHORES
Therapy services offered
                                            (eg preschool, school, employment)              Who to contact: Margo or Rose at Ballina Byron Family Centre on 66 864109
by Physiotherapist
                                            - Assisting families and children to follow              or Ocean Shores Parent Resource Centre on 66 804919
Occupational Therapist and Speech           programs that will help them continue to
Pathologist.                                learn new skills in                                                  A woman is the full circle.
Please contact our office for eligibility   mobility, communication, self care, eating          ‘Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform’
requirements                                and drinking, and participation.
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         CALENDAR             OF   CHILD      &   FAMILY       EVENTS
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Playgroups NSW                                                             Byron Shire Early Intervention
                                                                        Therapy services for children with a disability in the Byron Shire including:
Bangalow                                                                Preschool and childcare centre support, occupational therapy, speech and special
                                                                        education programs, groups and one to one therapy.
Anglican Church Hall,
                                                                        Referrals can be made through Community Health – Kids Screen Clinic.
Byron St.
Tuesday 10am-12pm                                                       Byron Shire Early Intervention
                                                                        4 Coogera Circuit
Byron Bay                                                               Suffolk Park
Presbyterian Hall,                                                      Ph: 66853023
Ruskin Street                                                                
Tuesday 9.30am-11.30am                                                  The online service directory aims to assist families and professional to understand
                                                                        the many support available to help children and to build resilience in our area. The
Suffolk Park Play Connect                                               online directory provides information on:
Byron Shire Early                                                                   Childcares, preschools and playgroups
Intervention                         Ph: 1800 171 882                               Having a concern about your child’s development
4 Coogera Circuit Suffolk Park       Search for playgroup facility                  Family supports
                                                   Baby, toddler and preschool resources
Wednesday 9.30am
                                     Click on map of your area for                  Transitioning to school
For children with Autism
                                     current local playgroups                       Looking after children’s health
Spectrum Disorder (diagnosis                                                        Looking after parent’s health
not essential)                                                                      Disability specific information
Ph: 66 853023                        Cost: Annual Playgroup Asso-
                                     ciation membership fee, small              MULLUMBIMBY SUPPORT GROUP FOR AUTISM
Suffolk Park My Time                 weekly fee, first 2 visits free.
Byron Bay Early Intervention
                                                                                         SPECTRUM ISORDERS
                                     Children 0-6 years welcome,
4 Coogera Circuit, Suffolk Park      but must be accompanied by         Contact: Joy McGrath                Held at Mullumbimby
Friday 9.30am                        parent/carer.                      Social Worker,                      Community Health Centre
Local support for anyone caring                                         Mullumbimby Community               first Friday of the month
for a young child under school       Playgroups NSW are parent          Health 66 841677                    during school terms.
age with a disability or chronic     run and have a range of toys                                           9.45am-12noon
                                                                        Or: Gayle Moore
medical condition.                   and                                                                    Cost: Free
                                                                        Support Teacher Autism,
Ph: 66 853023                                                                                               For parents, carers and
                                                                        Ocean Shores School
                                                                                                            other interested
                                                                        66 8851204
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                   Early Start Diagnosis Support Service                                Other LOCAL                      Mullumbimby
                                                                                                                         Playgroup for Parents and Kids
Northcott Disability Services
64 Crane Street                           Services are available to families
                                                                                        Playgroups                       Mullumbimby Primary School Hall
                                                                                                                         Tuesdays 9am-11am
PO Box 30                                 with a child up to 6 years, who
Ballina NSW 2478                          have a concern about their child’s                                             Interaction and fun activities for the
Tel: 66 206600 for any enquiries          development.                                                                   kids
This includes:
                                                                                        Wednesdays 9.30am-11.30am
   Families who have a child with a recently diagnosed disability.
   Families who have a child with an identified delay and are in the process of ob-     Uniting Church, Dalley Street,
   taining a diagnosis.                                                                 Run by Uniting Church.             “Helping boys become men”
   Families who have a concern about their child’s development and are seeking          OR
   support.                                                                             Mondays 9.30am-11.30am                        Tel: 66 808582
   In exceptional circumstances, services may be offered to families with a child up    Cost: $2 donation
   to 8 years of age.                                                                                                   
Northcott Early Start Diagnosis Support Service is an innovative program that pro-
vides short-term support for families who have a concern about their child’s
development. A Family Support Worker will provide information and assist families                                         Uncle organises and facilitates
                                                                                        Ocean Shores
to access mainstream and disability specific services within their local area. Refer-                                     activities where men and boys
rals can be made by the family or anyone who has the family’s approval to refer.
                                                                                        Baptist Church, Rajah Rd
                                                                                                                          interact, learn, play and work
                                                                                        Organised by Parents
                                                                                        Wednesdays 10am—12noon            together.

   Riding for the Disabled Association                                                  Cost: $2 p/w
                                                                                                                          Uncle recruits, screens, trains
                                                                                                                          and supports adult male mentors
   North Teven Road,                                                                                                      to spend time with boys aged
   North Teven, NSW 2478                                                                Children up to school age         6-12 years.
                                                                                        welcome, but must be
   Horse riding as therapy and                                                          accompanied by parent/ carer.     Call for info on times
                                                                                        Light morning tea provided.       and dates of
   active recreation for people                                                         These playgroups operate          activities and events.
   with a disability.                                                                   during school terms.              Based in Byron Shire.

   PH: 66878580
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CHILDREN’S                            BABY BOUNCE sessions
                                                                             ADHC Community Support Team
STORYTIME @                      A 6 week program for 0-2 yrs involving
                                 rhythm and rhyme, finger plays and        Ageing, Disability & Home Care,         A Community Support Team member
THE LIBRARY                      songs with your baby.                     Family & Community Services             could help and support you
                                                                                                                   to identify and meet your child's
Mondays 10.30am                     Bookings essential / limited places.   2/45 River Street, Ballina              needs and goals, and support you in
Brunswick Heads 66851816                 Ask at your local library!        Tel: 1300364563
                                                                           Fax: 66181650
                                                                                                                   your caring role, by listening
                                                                                                                   and talking with you.
Wednesdays 10.30am                                                                                                 Services can be requested by contact-
Byron Bay 66858540                                                         Monday-Friday                           ing the Information, Referral and In-
                                           Toy Library                     8.30am – 4.30pm                         take Centre. They will talk with you
                                                                           Community Support Teams provide about what your needs are and how
Fridays 10.30am                                                            services to improve the quality of life we can help you.
                                    Byron Shire
Mullumbimby 66842992                                                       and wellbeing of people with a
                                    Providing a lending service of toys    disability, their families and carers.  Community Support Team consists
Come along and listen to a          and games for babies and children                                              of Case Managers, Speech Pathol-
wonderful story and join in a       0-6 years.                             The Community Support Team is a         ogist , Occupational Therapist,
fun craft activity. Toddlers,                                              service which provides Information & Physiotherapist, Psychologist ,
Mums, Dads, Grandparents            4 Coogera Circuit                      support to people with an intellec-     Behaviour Support Practitioner &
and Carers are welcome to                                                  tual disability aged from 0 to 65       Local Support Coordinator.
                                    Suffolk Park
attend the Story time sessions                                             years, and their carers. There are
                                    Tel: 0424729942
and enjoy a simple theme                                                   many types of disabilities              The Local Support Coordinator (LSC)
                                    (only during Toy Library hrs)          and many different services, profes- can provide services to all people
based craft activity.               Community Run                          sionals, government and non-            with a disability. LSC is a personal,
                                    Volunteers needed                      government agencies that may be         flexible service that aims to increase
Check the library website                                                  able to help you.                       the connections between people with                   Open Monday and Thursday                                                     disabilities, their families and the
for school holiday                           10am-1pm                                                              community.
activities and other                                                                                               LSC assists people with disabilities to
children’s events.                   Annual membership fee applies.                                                determine their own needs and to
                                                                                                                   identify the supports that will make a
                                                                                                                   difference to their lives.

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                                                                                   Vacation Care
                                                                                   operates during school holidays
Biala Special School                                                               to provide fun and care for
                                                                                   primary school children aged          Vacation Care and
                                                                                   5-12 years.
Biala Support Services Incorporated        Kindergarten (4 years) through to       School Holidays 8am—6 pm
78 Fox St
PO Box 1279
                                           leaving school where students have
                                           the opportunity to transition to Post
                                                                                   Monday—Friday                         After School Care
Ballina 2478
Tel: 66 863395 for any enquiries
                                                                                   After School Care        provides
Email:                                                         fun and care for school aged children who
                                                                                   need extended hours of care
Biala Special School is an independ-                                               (from close of school to 6pm weekdays).
ent school in the Northern Rivers
region, catering for students with a                                               Services operate from 3 venues:
diagnosis of moderate to severe
intellectual disability or Autism                                                  Brunswick Heads Public School         Ph:
Spectrum Disorder.                                                                 0419 234 776
                                                                                   Byron Bay Public School               Ph: 0408 481 628
Biala provides individual Education                                                Mullumbimby Public School             Ph: 0437 860 614
Programs to suit each student, spe-                                                Childcare benefits are available to eligible parents
cialising in Life Skills from pre-

                                                                                            Contact Sue Allen at Byron Shire Council on 66267100
Ability Incorporated Advocacy Service                                                       (Mon—Wed) for information about fees or bookings.
Head Office open Monday—Friday 9am-5pm
3/106 Main St, Alstonville
Tel: 66288188                                                                        For other family and children’s services and facilities offered
1800 657 961                                                                          by Byron Shire Council check out the Council’s web site on
A free and confidential service for people with disabilities, their          and look under “Community” for
families and carers. Services include: Self advocacy and Individual
advocacy; Family advocacy; Advocacy training.
                                                                                     information about local parks, playgrounds, pools, childcare
                                                                                          services and local community events and festivals.
Tweed Outreach (covers Byron area)
Tel: 66 726119

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 Ocean Shores Parent Resource Centre                                      Autism Spectrum Australia - ASPECT
                                                                          Far North Coast Centre for Autism
For parents and carers, we           We facilitate parent education       23 Commercial Road
                                                                          (PO Box 937)
provide….                            and parent support groups
                                                                          Alstonville 2477
   A place to meet, chat and         throughout the year, including P5,
                                                                          Tel: 66 283660
  have a cuppa                       Triple P and 123 Magic., Mum’s       Email:
  Feeding and changing               Groups, and other                    Web:
  facilities                         relevant information sessions.
                                                                          Resource centre providing information and support including linking families
  Child friendly space               Contact us for details about our
                                                                          with services. Referrals to:
  Support staff to talk to in a      new parent info sessions! Topics     - FAHCSIA funded HCWA Speech Pathology, Home Based, School and
  comfortable and safe               will                                   Behaviour Support Programs
   environment                       include nutrition for toddlers,      - Building Blocks. Early Intervention program (both home and
  Family Support Worker              creative play, first aid for fami-      centre based)
                                     lies, handling tantrums and          - Behaviour Support Service
Information on…                      more...                              - Itinerant Diagnostic Service
* Community groups and                Our service is FREE and             - Early Childhood Development Program. This provides screening for
  activities                         confidential.                           Autism in children 12 mths – 5 years, with follow up intervention if
* Parenting                                                                  needed.
                                                                          - Autism Support officer - phone for appointment
* Parenting courses                  Ocean Shores Shopping Centre
                                                                          - Parent support Meetings – last Friday of the month, 10- 11.30 am.
* Children’s behaviour               Shop 5, 70-72 Rajah Rd,
                                                                          - Autism Advisor. Phone 1300 978611
* Child development                  Ocean Shores                         - Autism Information Line – 1800 069978
* Referrals to other services        (Next to the medical clinic)
                                                                          Open Mon - Thurs 9.30am- 4pm, Friday 9.30am-3pm
Visiting services are also                                                Region: Lismore, Ballina, Byron, Tweed, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley
                                     Open Monday to Thursday
available, including the Early                                            Please phone for further information on autism specific training
                                     10am – 4pm
Childhood Clinic and Legal Aid.                                           opportunities, workshops and parent support meetings.
                                     Phone: 66804919
                                                 Recipe For Success. Free Course. No childcare.
                                                                          Check website for course dates, venues and registration.
                                                                          The main purpose of this course is to help parents/carers better understand
                                                                          and manage the challenging behaviours of their
                                                                          children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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                                                                                                       Ballina-Byron Family Centre
DAISI                (Disability & Aged Information Service Inc.)                                      62 Tamar Street
Contact: Information Officer, Brett Carn
                                                                                                       Tel: 66 864109
Tel: 6686 7887 or 1800 800 340                                                                         Email:
                                                                               The Ballina-Byron Family Centre offers a variety of services to
Web:                                                          support the well-being of families and individuals including:
DAISI provides free information on services and supports available to          case management, information, advocacy, referral,
assist people with disabilities, aged people and their families, carers        parenting support and information, educational and peer
and advocates. We are based in Ballina and service the Far North               support groups, courses and workshops.
Coast region from just North of Woolgoolga to Tweed Heads.                             Courses and Groups for Term 4 include:
                                                                                           Byron Shire
Financial Counselling                            Art Therapy &                             Sunrise Supported Playgroup
Lismore & District                                 Sandplay                                Dads and Kids Playgroup
                                                                                           Young Mum’s Group
Financial Counselling
Service                                             Therapy                                P5 Parenting Program
Free and confidential information,                                                         Triple P Parenting Program
advice and advocacy for people                        Body-centered,                       Men’s and Boy’s Groups and activities
experiencing financial difficulty.                  Mindfulness-based
Mondays: 10am-11.30am
                                                   counselling using the                   Ballina Shire
                                                  creative arts for adults,                Grandparents and Kinship Carers Group
Byron Community & Cultural Centre.
                                                     youth & children.                     Men’s and Boy’s Groups and activities
Tuesdays: 10am-11.30am
Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre.                       Claudia M. Gyr
                                                  M.A. Creative Arts Therapy
  By appointment only, please call:                                                For more information on the Ballina-Byron Family Centre’s
                                                      Ph 02 66 846 543
               66 222171                                                            programs, groups and courses please contact 66 864109.   

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                                                                 Interrelate Family Centre
                                                        (IFC)                              Interrelate is a community based, not-for-profit
                                                        Byron Outreach                     organisation who provide personal counselling,
                                                        Byron Community Centre             family counselling, and relationship support
                                                        Lighthouse Room                    programs.
                                                        69 Johnson Street
                                                                                           Please contact Lismore IFC on 66232750 to find
                                                        BYRON BAY
                                                                                           out more information or to book appointments.
                                                        Monday, Tuesday, Thursday &
                                                        Friday                                                         Interrelate Family
                                                        Appointments only.
                                                                                                                           Centres -
                                                        Phone Lismore IFC on 66232750                                Strengthening family
                                                        for all appointments.                                         relationships since
                                                        Please phone for further
                                                        enquiries including cost.

                                                                          Education and Training Courses
                                                                                                   Available Courses/Seminars:
                                                        5 Market Street                            1.     Step Parenting (Course)
                                                        LISMORE                                    2.     Being a Dad (Course)
                                                        Tel: 66 232750                             3.     Positive Parenting (seminar)
                                                        The courses and seminars listed here are   4.     Ideas for Parenting Teens
                                                        not all available all the time, please            (seminar)
                                                        phone 66 232750 for further information    5.     How to talk to your kids about
“FRIENDS AS HELPERS”                                    on dates, times and cost.
                                                                                                          sex (seminar)
                                                                                                          Parents Not partners (course)
                                                        Courses are run for between 3 and 8        7.     Making Choices (course)
Anxiety Prevention Program                              sessions lasting 3 hours.                  8.     Self Esteem and Communication
Genevieve Schnierer                                     Seminars are one off sessions lasting 3
                                                                                                   9.     Rebuilding (course)
School Counsellor                                       hours.
                                                                                                   10.    Creating Positive Relationships
Mullumbimby High                                                                                          (seminar)
                                                        For more information and/or registration
Tel: 66842600                                           phone: 66 232750
                                                                                                   11.    The Challenge of Disciplining
Wednesdays…for Year 7                                                                                     your Children (seminar)
                                                                                                   12.    Being a Grandparent (seminar)
students at Mullumbimby High School
                                                                                                   13.    Becoming a Parent (course)

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                                                                             Byron Family Support Service
                                                  Call Legal Aid
SERVICE - Family Law                              on 66 212082
                                                                            The BFSS supports families with dependant
                                                                            children through difficult times. Trained Fam-
Byron Bay Courthouse                              to make an
Middleton Street, Byron Bay                       appointment or for        ily Workers can offer families a confidential
2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month                  information about         one to one service which includes home or of-
                                                  other forms of legal      fice visits and can assist with
Ocean Shores Parent Resource Centre               advice sessions           information, advocacy, referral,                     Self referral or
(next to Medical Centre @ O.S Shopping Centre)    including civil law.
Rajah Rd , Ocean Shores                                                     parenting support, educational & therapeutic         referral from a
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month                                             groups, including parenting and self esteem          family member /
20 minute appointments from 2pm-3.20pm
                                                                            groups.                                              friend / service
Murwillumbah Court House                                                                                                         provider accepted.
                                                 FREE legal advice from a   Ocean Shores Parent Resource Centre
Main St, Murwillumbah
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month
                                                 solicitor on Family Law    Ocean Shores Shopping Centre.
9.20am—12 noon                                   matters.                   Shop 5, 70-72 Rajah Rd,
                                                                                                                        Please phone for further info
                                                                            Ocean Shores
                                                                                                                        Tel: 66864109 or 66804919
                                                                                                                        Office hours: 9am to 4pm
TWEED SHIRE WOMEN’S SERVICE                                       
                                                                            Cost: Free                                  Monday to Thursday
Cnr Prince and Nullum Streets
Tel: 02 66724188 Fax: 0266725279
Website:                                                        Ballina-Byron Family Day Care
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am – 3.45pm,
Wednesday 9.30am-12pm Closed Fridays                                        Provides childcare in the home for children up to school age, by people
                                                                            with a genuine interest in children. Carers are screened. Parents interview
Provides a range of services and programs supporting women including        and choose carer. Before and after school care also available.
Crisis counselling, Domestic Violence counselling, Early Intervention and
Prevention, Transitional accommodation and support, Community educa-                          17 Brunswick Street, BALLINA. Tel: 66 867799
tion, Post crisis support, access to broadband computer, telephone,                           Covers Ballina, Byron & Murwillumbah
womens library and safe space. Low cost printing and photocopying. See
website for details on current programs and groups.

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   Australian Breastfeeding Association
The ABA Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd
Thursday of each month at the Neighbourhood Centre, Dalley Street, Mul-   “We aim to empower and assist women toward self-sufficiency and
lumbimby from 9.30am-11am.                                                                wellbeing in the community”
                                                                           Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre
Come along to meet other mums and babies in the shire, share your ideas    55 Dalley St, Mullumbimby
and experiences, get support, share morning tea. Everyone is welcome.      Tel: 66 844299
Lots of great toys for toddlers.                                           Email:
                                   For more info, please contact
                                                                           Monday to Thursday 9-4
                                   Samaya at 66846434 or                   Appointments are preferred, but can arrange crisis support during these hours.
                                   Jan at 66801108.                        Outreach appointments can be arranged in Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads.

                                   For 24/7 counselling assistance,            A Free service for women, young people and their children.
                                   ring the free ABA National             We provide:
                                   Telephone Helpline on                  Advice and Referral:
                                   1800 6862686                           Comprehensive information, advice and referral to women, young people and their
                                                                          families on a range of issues including domestic violence, legal issues, women’s
                                                                          health, relationship issues, housing, financial matters, and parenting resources.

Early Bird Groups                                                         Intake, Assessment and case planning:
                                                                          Intake, assessment and planning to assess the strengths, needs and any risks for
                                                                          women and their families. We support women to implement their plans through
                                                                          referral, advocacy, skill development, and counselling.
Early Bird groups provide a safe supportive environment for parents
to share experiences , learn about child health and                       Short term counselling on a range of issues including domestic violence for up to 3
development , meet other mums and discuss settling with new babies        months to assist women and young people to address the issues affecting them.
(under 3 months).                                                         Support Groups:
                                                    For info phone:       We provide a range of support groups for women throughout the year on a
                                                      66870007            term-by- term basis, including:
Thursdays 10am-12noon during school term
                                                                              Surviving and Thriving -an 8 week support group for women who have experi-
at Bangalow Community Health Centre                                                 enced domestic violence in their lives .
35 Granuaille Road, Bangalow                                                  Art Therapy Group – a 6-8 week group for women who have experienced do-
                                                                                    mestic violence or trauma.
Early Childhood nurse facilitates the group FREE                              Breaking the Cycle – an 8 week group for women who have adolescents who
                                                                                    are being abusive in the home.
                                                                          Contact 66 844299 to find out information about dates for the next group.

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                                                                                      BUILDING BETTER DADS ….
Byron Bay Community Health Centre
2nd Thursday of the month
                                  Immunisation Clinics
                                                                          Antenatal classes for fathers covering
Brunswick Heads Community Centre               For well children only.    everything from sex and finance to baby
4th Thursday of the month                                                 bathing and nappy changing.
1.30-3.30pm                             Appointments Phone: 66 856254
                                                                                                Held Monday evenings 6-8pm - 3 week blocks
Free immunisation clinic provided by Immunisation Accredited Registered
Nurses. Please bring Medicare card and Blue Book or equivalent.
                                                                                                Bangalow Community Health Centre,
Appointments outside of clinic times are available under special                                35 Granuaille Rd, Bangalow
Contact Immunisation Clinic Coordinator Phone: 66 870012                                        Call for details and bookings.
                                                                                                Contact Dave Hughes Ph: 66 856254

Mullumbimby                          SWISH - State Wide                       FELLA’S FAMILY PROJECT
Dental                               Infant Hearing-Screening
                                                                          62 Tamar St, Ballina              A male Support Worker aims to
Clinic                               New born Hearing screening for
                                                                          Tel: 66811036 or 66864109         support boys aged 11 to 16,
                                                                         through one to one support, indi-
                                     babies up to 3 months of age.
                                                                                   vidual and group programs and
Free                                                                                                        links to community activities.
dental services for school           Clinics held at Mullumbimby Hospi-
                                                                          Office hours: 9am to 4pm
                                     tal on alternate Friday mornings.                                      Self referral or referral from a
aged children.                                                            Monday to Thursday
                                                                                                            family member/ friend/service
                                     For appointments contact             FREE SERVICE                      provider accepted.
Clinics held at the
                                     66 202563 or                                                           Covers both the Ballina & Byron
Mullumbimby Hospital.                66 207432                                                              Shires.
                                                                          A male Family Worker aims to
                                                                          support fathers and expectant
For appointments                                                          fathers through home visiting,
contact :1300 651625                                                      parenting programs, advocacy,
                                                                          information and referral.
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                                                                                    kidScreen clinic
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                            Red Tent Yoga is a beautiful and nurturing space for
                            women located in the Byron A&I Estate. We offer        Developmental screening by Paediatric Physiotherapist,
                            weekly yoga classes for women, pregnancy, new
                                                                                   Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist. Social Worker /
                            mums, teens & kids, as well as massage & bodywork,
                            support groups, women's moon circles, Birth work-      Psychologist may attend as required. Focus on children 0-5 years old.
                            shops for Couples, weekend events and more.
                                                                                   9am—12.30pm Each Wednesday morning, alternate weeks between
                                                                                   Byron and Mullumbimby Community Health Centres.
See our Weekly Schedule                                                            Phone for an appointment.
                                        Support Groups
                                        Byron Pregnancy Support Group - Tue 10am
Prenatal Yoga Classes                                                              Byron Community Health Centre,
                                        Byron Mums Support Group - 1st Thurs of
Monday 5.30pm
                                        month at 11.15am                           Shirley St, Byron Bay
Thursday 9.30am
                                        PostNatal Naturally Mums Group - 3rd       Contact: 66 396617
Saturday 8am
                                        Thurs of month at 11.15am
Yoga for Mums                                                                      Mullumbimby Community Health Centre,
                                        Massage & Bodywork                         Azalea St, Mullumbimby
Mums & Toddlers - Wed 9.30am
                                        Community Acupuncture $20
Mums & Bubs - Wed 11am
                                        Mon 12 - 4pm (drop in)
                                                                                   Contact : 66 398272
                                        The Womens Room $25
Yoga for Women                                                                     Hearing assessments for children 3
                                        Wed 1 - 5pm (drop in)
Shakti Moves - Monday 10am
Yin Yoga for Women - Wed 5.30pm
                                        Massage, Ayurveda,
                                        EFT (Women & pre/postnatal)
                                                                                   years to adult. Doctor’s referral not
                                                                                   necessary but welcomed for chil-
                                                                                                                           Hearing Clinics
                                        Book for appointments on 0413 294 866
                                                                                   Byron Bay Community Health Centre Mullumbimby Community Health
                                                                                   Shirley Street,                   Centre, Azalea Street,
Address: 10/21-23 Tasman Way,
Byron A&I Estate (corner of Tasman &                                               Byron Bay                         Mullumbimby
Wollongbar St), NSW 2481                                                           For appointment phone: 66 856254 For appointment phone: 66 841677
Phone: 0413 294 866                                                                Weekly clinic on Wednesdays       Weekly clinic on Mondays
Call for enquiries or to book massage
or workshop                                                                        FREE…. Please note that children with special needs may require a double

                                                                                   Hearing assessments for children under 3yrs by negotiation with the Audi-
Email:                  ometrist. Contact: 66 870012

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                                                                                The Family Centre Courses and Workshops
      Northern Rivers Family Care Centre                                        (Tweed Heads)
              Day Stay Service                                                  The Family Centre runs various courses including:
 Northern Rivers Family Care Centre                                                   Triple P parenting courses
 45 McKenzie St, Lismore                                                              123 Magic Parenting course
 Tel: 66 228705                                  Byron Shire Outreach                 Understanding Teenagers
 Fax: 66 218246                                                                       Young Mum’s to Be
                                                 with Child & Family
 Day stay is provided for families who need help Health Nurses & Social               Healthier Relationships: Communication
 and understanding adjusting to parenthood                                            The Mindful Art of Stress Reduction
 (0 to 1yr).                                     Worker held 3rd Mon-                 Anger: Making it Work for You
                                                 day each month at the                Holding Successful Tough Conversations
 Day Stay can help with:                         Ocean Shores Commu-                  Pathways to Change for Men
 · Transition to parenthood
 · Parent Skills
                                                 nity Centre, Rajah Rd.               Pathways to Change for Women
                                                                                      Understanding Domestic and Family Violence for Women
 · Feeding, (breast, weaning bottle, solids)
 · Unsettled behaviour and related
                                                     Please phone for further
                                                                                Fees are charged, and some include lunch. However if you are unable to afford the
   sleeping patterns                                     information and        fees please talk with the intake worker when you call.
 · Postnatal Distress                                     appointments.
                                                                                Workshops are run throughout the year in various locations in Tweed Shire.
 · Multiple births.
                                                                                Please phone The Family Centre for more detailed information on 07 55248711 or
 Referrals from Child & Family Health Nurse or GPs.                             check our website for the latest program

                 Community Health Centres                                                             Brighter Futures
                                                                                A Regional Early Intervention Program
                 Byron Bay Community Health – 66 856254                         Covers Tweed, Byron, Lismore, Ballina and Richmond Valley Shires
                 Mullumbimby Community Health – 66 841677
                                                                                Call 66 824334 for Consortium of Neighbourhood Centres Brighter Futures
                 Bangalow Community Health - 66 870000
Provides Early Childhood Nurses for new parents, hearing                        The Brighter Futures Program is for families who are expecting a child, or
                                                                                families who have children nine years and under. Priority of access will be
assessments for children 3 years and over, pre-school assessments, and
                                                                                given to families who have children 3 years and under.
paediatric developmental assessments for children 0-13 years.
Occupational Therapy Groups : 66 398236
                                                                                Promotion of healthy development in children
FREE counselling service for individuals and families.                          Promotion of strong, functional and well supported families
Please call your local Community Health Service for more information.           Reduction and prevention of child abuse and neglect

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                                                                                 MUMS Program
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                 Early Childhood Clinic
 Monitor growth and development of babies, and children up to 5 years of
 age. Support for parents in learning to care for and meet the needs of     (Mums Using Substances)
 their children. Address women’s health issues.                             MUMS is a service for pregnant women       This program is not about mak-
 FREE CLINICS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY                                           who are in methadone treatment or          ing judgments about drug use.
                                                                            who use alcohol & other drugs.             Its aim is to help women reduce
 Ocean Shores Parent Resource Centre
 Tuesday        9.30am-3.30pm                                               FREE service.                              any harm that may occur to both
 Shop 5, Ocean Shores Shopping Centre, Rajah Rd.                            Based at Riverlands Detox Unit,            themselves and their baby during
 Phone : 66 841677 for appointment                                          Cnr Hunter & Uralba Sts, Lismore           pregnancy and after birth.

 Bangalow Community Health Centre                                           Call 66 207600 for further information
 Thursday        1.00pm - 3.30pm                                            9am to 4pm weekdays. (Offers support
 33 Granuaille Rd, Bangalow                                                 to clients from Lismore, Ballina &
 Phone: 66 856254 for appointment                                           Byron Shires)
 Mullumbimby Community Health Centre
 Friday           9.15am - 3.15pm
 Azalea St (next to Mullumbimby Hospital).
 Phone: 668 41677 for appointment                                                 PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH
 Byron Bay Community Health Centre
 Monday        10.00am - 4.00pm                                             Classes held at Bangalow                 Topics include:
 Phone: 66 856254 for appointment                                           Community Health Centre                         Pregnancy issues
                                                                            35 Granuaille Rd, Bangalow                      Variations in labour
 Pregnancy Support Group                                                                                                    Partner/support person’s role
                                                                                                                            Early days with baby
                                                                            Wednesday Evenings 6.30-8.30pm
TUESDAYS starting at 10 am at the Red Tent Yoga Studio in the Industrial                                                    Safety/SIDS
Estate in Byron Bay, Cnr Tasman Way & Wollongbar St.                        For bookings please call Byron                  Roles and relationships
                                                                            Community Health on 66856254                    Post natal support systems
Offers information, support, exercise and body work throughout pregnancy.
Also a contact for midwives / doulas.                                       COST: fee to be advised on
                  The cost is $15 and includes yoga or belly dance,         registration
                  morning tea and a discussion with a different topic       Sessions run for two hours, one night
                  each week. All welcome.                                   a week, over six consecutive weeks.
                   Phone Heli 66856523 or 0414787668 for more
                   information, or just come along.
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