Parent to Parent Connections
Supported parents. Stronger families. Better outcomes for children with disability.
EarlyEd has always been dedicated to ensuring families get the help they really need. To do this we really need the help of our community. We recognise that connecting with other parents is an important way for them to receive the support they need when they have a child with a disability. We have been able to do this in the past through group programs, newsletters and resources as part of our Parent to Parent Connections program.
Our parent support programs are no longer funded to do this. We have therefore launched a campaign to re-establish the necessary supports for mums, dads, carers and grandparents. EarlyEd invites you to support this campaign through your participation, involvement and fundraising.
“It’s really important for me, having other parents there who you can relate to, who you can talk to. Because when you talk to ordinary sort of parents a lot of them don’t understand.”
“If you have other parents who have been through what you have been through, who know what it’s like when a child has been at the hospital or ongoing health issues or when there are issues at playground where they are being rejected. It’s really important you have that.” Marion
When a family of a child with a disability is able to reinforce intervention across their child’s daily life, the child is more likely to reach their full developmental potential. To be able to do this the individual members of that family need to have support to be resilient and to thrive. Supported parents builds strong family units.
EarlyEd’s Parent to Parent program connects parents of children with a disability with other parents and in ways that meet their needs. The program helps families access the great insights, lived experience and wisdom of families. It includes:
- Parents of children with a disability guiding how connections are created and delivered
- Sharing of parent-centred resources (e.g. family stories, videos, etc.)
- Activities and forums that connect families
Since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), services provide for a child’s individual needs. It has resulted in changes that leave:
- Family members without support for themselves
- Families without support from professionals with expertise indisability
- Parents with less opportunity to connect with other parents
- EarlyEd with no funding to provide early family supports
EarlyEd’s Families Matters approach has underpinned our effective early childhood intervention for over 40 years. EarlyEd invites you help bring back Parent to Parent Connections by contributing to the re-establishment of this program.
We hope to raise $16,000.
Please consider supporting this section of our community this EOFY. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
If you would like further information, please contact EarlyEd.
“Don’t be afraid to connect with other parents, other families within your early intervention group. It’s really nice to have that support and share stories because they are going through a lot of the same things that you are going through and what you are feeling. It’s nice to know that you are not doing it by yourself.”