A message from Dani
The last 12 months have been the ride of a lifetime, it started with a road trip with my friends and colleagues from Adelaide checking out Mt Druitt and interviewing staff. What stands out to me the most is the readiness that this community had to embrace Family by Family.
We spent the first few months scoping the area, eating meals and hearing inspiring stories from families, testing Family by Family out with the community. Many of these families went on to become a part of the project helping us to adapt and shape our program as we went.
We have attended family festivals, hung out in supermarkets and even spent a day meeting families at our local fruit shop. Meeting families where they naturally hang out has meant our team of four staff are now working with 70 families in the community in less than a year.
Mt Druitt families are truly inspiring, their willingness to help each other, there openness to create change and their unfailing sense of pride in Mt Druitt as a good place to live, and above all the absolute humble nature of our Sharing Families in recognizing their contribution change.
Now as I reflect on what lessons I will take from this community as I prepare to leave, I go with a renewed sense of the goodness in people and the hope that together we can make this world a better place.
A message from Mel
What a year here in Mounty County ! I have had such a blast in my new position at Family by Family I have learnt a lot about myself and the community and WOW have meet a lot of new people. I come to work excited knowing my day is NEVER just an average day in the office from recruiting, singing songs at the local library, craft to paperwork every day is a mixed bag. I’m excited to see what next year brings.
A message from Julie
What an exciting year it’s been for Family by Family, Mt Druitt! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful families within this tight-knit community, both Sharing and Seeking. We’ve been out and about recruiting at shopping malls; the library and local schools to name a few…the normal places where families hang out. One of my greatest moments working at Family by Family has been the positive changes that have occurred in our Seeking Families lives and especially when these families become Sharing Families themselves! This is a true reflection of one of Family by Family’s strengths, ‘Better families make better communities’ and I get to see this happen on a daily basis. I’m looking forward to 2015 and to meeting many more of the wonderful people that strive to make positive changes in their lives and to the families that help make this happen.
A message from Angela
Hi everyone what a brilliant time of year to give everyone an update on Family by Family here in Mt Druitt. Can you believe it’s one year on since the last blog and my how we’ve grown and become part of the community.
The initial 3 mths getting to know families and what family life was like here I found really exciting because their voices were heard and changes were made to Family by Family and now the program is a good fit for this community. I think that is evident by the way we have grown so quickly. The program really resonates with people we talk to. We often hear ‘I wish there was something like that when my kids were young.’ or ‘Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner.’ Well we’re here now and what a difference our families are making not only in the lives of other families but in their own lives as well.
Our first round of Sharing Families attend a two day training in February and we have been growing ever since. We now have 23 Fabulous Sharing Families with another two completing training next week. Most of our Sharing Families are linked with 1,2 or 3 families. So at present we have 29 Seeking Families working really hard to achieve the goal they set for themselves. We have had many link ups end because their goals were achieved, which is really nice to see because it shows that Family by Family is definitely working and lives are changing with the help of another family that’s been through tough times but has come out the other side.
We continue to meet families both those that have something to share with another family and those seeking for something to change in their lives. We are aiming for 30 Sharing Families so we are really close now. If you know a family that would interested in Family by Family please pass on our details. I’m looking forward to another year in the life of Family by Family and meeting many new people.
I’d like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and may you all have truly wonderful new year. Be safe over the holiday period and do something special with each other. xx Ange Family Coach Mt Druitt.