The GAPDL Communities for Children program is part of the Family Support Program funded by the Department of Social Services. The program provides prevention and early intervention programs for families with children who are at risk of disadvantage and who remain disconnected from childhood services. The team is made up of Wendy Morris and Shakira Raymond.
Wendy and Shakira are passionate about supporting children and families from the Gladstone Region. While we don’t facilitate programs ourselves, we find experts to facilitate child and family support programs. Our job is to keep up to date with the services, programs and people who provide family support so that if at any time you need to find them, we can give you the list of current providers.
As parents, ourselves, we’ve both need support for our kids. Wendy has accessed Paediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathology, Parenting Programs, Ear Nose and Throat Specialists, Gymnastics for improvement of core strength and has even visited the fracture clinic a few times! Shakira has utilised Occupational Therapists, Paediatricians, Speech Pathology and Allergy Specialists for her boy who has anaphylaxis allergies.
No two kids are the same and just when you think you know what you’re doing, the game changes. What we really hope is that if you’re feeling like you’ve tried all the techniques you know and you’re still worried about your child, you’ll call or visit us so we can let you know who in the region might be able to help.
It’s ok to ask for support!
Being a parent or carer is challenging (to say the least.) Children don’t come with a manual. For some parents and carers, things come naturally, for many of us out there, it doesn’t. Our children face challenges now that didn’t even exist when we were kids. There is pressure on our kids everywhere you look; do well academically, make sure you secure a leadership role (even in primary school), participate in extracurricular activities, be responsible on social media, be healthy but don’t get caught up in ‘the body image’ thing.
As a parent or carer, it’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to say, “I didn’t have this challenge when I was a kid (or I don’t remember it like this) could someone please guide me.” Parenting is challenging no matter what your age, income, address or family background. The proverb says ‘it takes a village to raise the child.’ How many of us still have ‘a village’ supporting you? In this time and place, the village is now professional support services, experts who can help guide you and provide you with skills to make the challenge less…. well, challenging!
We have services available to support you!
Free Events for Under 8’s Week
Sunday 21st May
8:30am – 12:30pm – Family Fun Day – Tondoon Botanic Garden
8:30am-12noon – Swimming Lessons – Gladstone Aquatic Centre – Lane 4 Aquatics
Tuesday 23 May
9:30am-11:30am – Playtime in the Park – Barney Point Park,
Wednesday 24th of May
11am-12noon – National Simultaneous Story Time – All State Libraries (Gladstone, Calliope, Boyne Island, Mt Larcom, Agnes Waters, Miriam Vale)
5pm-8pm – Gladstone Professional Networking Event –Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre RSVP https://www.gladstonec4c.com.au/events
Thursday 25th May
9am – 1pm – Gladstone Child and Family Expo – GECC Goondoon Street
9:30am-11:30am – First5Forever – Gladstone Library Square, Goondoon Street
Friday 26th May
11am – Baby Bounce – Gladstone Library
9:30am -11:30am – WIN Multicultural Playgroup – 105 Toolooa Street
Sunday 28th May
10am-8pm – Feast on East Markets and Entertainment – East Shores
Pregnancy, Baby, Birth Expo – Yaralla Events Centre