Alice Springs Child and Family Centre opening

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The official opening of the Alice Springs Town Camps Child and Family Centre was recently marked, and it is delivering a range of support services across seven Town Camp communities.

The Alice Springs Town Camp Child and Family Centre service aims to improve a range of wellbeing outcomes for children and families who may be experiencing vulnerability, and is the fifth centre opened since 2019.

Elizabeth Lizzie Erlandson, President Nyewenty/Trucking Yards, says the centre provides a place for members of the community come together for important discussions and healthy role-modelling.

“The Child and Family Centre at Trucking Yards provides a safe environment for young mothers to bring their children to learn and play, keeping the children connected to culture,” she said.

“It is an important way of re-engaging with young people and helping influence positive behaviours.”

The Child and Family Centre features a community garden, which Ms Erlandson said aims to increase cultural connection through knowledge of traditional bush medicines and tucker.

“The children will learn cultural cooking with the guidance of their parents, which will help influence positive and healthy eating choices,” she said.

The Northern Territory Government has allocated $11.4m over four years to fund the establishment of the centres, plus $17.3m from Starting Early for a Better Future to focus on the needs of children aged zero to five years and their families.

Jo Moloney, Community Centres Division Manager at Tangentyere Council, said the centres programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of the community, and help support Community-led decision making.

“Child and Family Community Centres like the one at Trucking Yards support families with children to access quality, culturally responsive programs and services in their local communities,” she said.

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