WHAT IS THE SWAN ALLIANCE®?

The Swan Alliance® is an equal partnership between Ngala, Mission Australia and Anglicare WA.

WHAT IS COMMUNITIES FOR CHILDREN?

Communities for Children (CfC) is a ‘place based’ initiative funded by the Department of Social Services until 30th June 2021. The Swan Alliance is the Facilitating Partner of Communities for Children within the Swan Local Government Area, whose core business is to:

“develop and facilitate a ‘whole of community’ approach to support and enhance early childhood development and wellbeing for children from birth to 12 years”.

As part of this responsibility, the Facilitating Partner sub-contracts other organisations, known as Community Partners, to deliver services that contribute to achieving this core role.

WHAT IS THE SWAN ALLIANCE ® COMMUNITIES FOR CHILDREN?

The Swan Alliance® is the Facilitating Partner delivering the Communities for Children initiative within the Swan Local Government Area with a particular focus on Altone, Bullsbrook, Ellenbrook and Midland places.

WHO ARE COMMUNITY PARTNERS?

Community Partners are organisations sub-contracted by the Swan Alliance until June 2021 to deliver ‘activities’ which meet the outcomes of the Communities for Children initiative and the Community.

HOW ARE COMMUNITY PARTNERS SELECTED?

The Communities for Children Community Committee assists the Swan Alliance® to plan, guide and support the Communities for Children initiative within the Swan region.

The Community Committee is an advisory group comprising of individuals who each bring a unique perspective which complements the knowledge and skills of the Swan Alliance® CEO Group, the Leadership Group and the Swan Alliance® team.

WHAT ACTIVITIES DO COMMUNITY PARTNERS PROVIDE?

BabyFAST, CLAN Midland: An eight week program for young parents, expecting parents and grandparents to support building informal social support networks, maximise brain development and encourage healthy parent-child relationships. For more information phone: 9250 6335 or email: admin@clanmidland.org

Community Outreach, CLAN Midland: Provides support for families living in Bullsbrook, Ellenbrook, Midland and Altone through community events, parenting workshops, parenting programs and home visits. For more information phone: 9250 6335 or email: admin@clanmidland.org

Malvern Springs Multicultural Playgroup, Playgroup WA: playgroup for families with young children aged 0-5 years from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to meet other families in the local area and have fun playing and learning together. For more information phone: 1800 171 882 or email: hotline@playgroupwa.com.au

FAST, CLAN Midland: Families and Schools Together (FAST) is and eight week program where families within the school community are brought together to meet other families, school staff and community members. For more information phone: 9250 6335 or email: admin@clanmidland.org

Midland Hip Hop, Indigo Junction: Known as the ‘Beat Walkers’, this activity is for school aged children and is inclusive of children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. For more information phone: 9274 5382.

Mother Baby Nurture, Playgroup WA: An 8 week program to support a small group of mothers who may be experiencing challenges with the transition to parenting or struggling to tune into their baby. For more information phone: 1800 171 882 or email motherbabynurture@playgroupwa.com.au

Strong Fathers, Indigo Junction: A program to support Aboriginal fathers living in the Swan Region. For more information phone: 9274 7929 or email: karnany@indigojunction.org.au

Usafe, Koolkuna: An afterschool photographic and arts program for children 8-12 years designed to explore personal and community safety. For more information phone: 9374 0774 or email: admin@koolkuna.org.au

Koort Kaat n Horizons Camp, Koya Aboriginal Corporation: A school holiday camp promoting wellbeing for local Aboriginal children aged 8-12. For more information phone: 6424 9210.

COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING FUND GRANTS

The Community Capacity Building Fund (CCBF) provides one-off small grants to assist in the personal, professional or educational development of community members or organisations which directly or indirectly benefit vulnerable children 0-12 years and their families, support collaborative community partnerships and are inclusive of all cultures and abilities.

Community members, community groups or not-for-profit organisations within the City of Swan can apply for grants of up to $1,000 for organisations and up to $500 for individuals. For further information and assistance please contact John Aciek, Community Development Officer Phone: (08) 9368 9366 or Email: jaciek@ngala.com.au

WHAT ELSE DOES THE SWAN ALLIANCE COMMUNITIES FOR CHILDREN DO?

Offer opportunities for cross-sector engagement and learning together by organising professional training, workshops and a Quarterly Network Breakfast.

Our staff and volunteers work alongside members of the Aboriginal community to inform community planning and decision making.

Develop, update and distribute resources for local service providers:
– Connecting to Aboriginal Culture and Community
– Environmental scan documents
– Understanding Our Way: Perceptions from culturally diverse communities

Brings together children to inform community planning and decision making through hearing the Voice of the Child.

Our staff and volunteers work alongside members of CaLD communities to inform community planning and decision making.

Support Community Partners to develop best practice evaluation tools and evidence based programs in partnership with Curtin University.

CONTACT:

Address: Level 1, Suite 3, 38 Main Street, Ellenbrook WA 6069
Telephone: (08) 9368 9309 or (08) 9368 9311
Email: swanalliance@ngala.com.au