Save the Children aim to keep supported accommodation alive

SUPPORT: Breony Carbines and Kerry Robinson with some of the resources available for mums and babies inside the supported accommodation.
SUPPORT: Breony Carbines and Kerry Robinson with some of the resources available for mums and babies inside the supported accommodation.

Save the Children is hoping to keep its Ceduna Supported Accommodation program alive so it can continue to support Aboriginal families in need past its first year.

The Ceduna Supported Accommodation program provides a four-bedroom house, staffed 24 hours, where families and children can stay anywhere from a week to several months to receive tailored support in a stable setting.

It has been funded through government and private funding for its first year.

However Save the Children media manager Alex Sampson said the program was facing a “funding cliff” in June and needed private or government support to allow it to continue.

“Over the past year this program has successfully supported some of the most vulnerable people in the Ceduna community, however, as the pilot draws to an end we are calling for funding from the state and federal governments, and the private sector, to continue operation,” she said. 

“The current the gap stands at about $200,000.”

Save the Children Ceduna regional coordinator Breony Carbines said with Family Matters National Week of Action it was an appropriate to remind people how its programs such as supported accommodation, helped Aboriginal families have the best start possible.

“Families are a kid’s first teacher and Aboriginal children are going to be the leaders of the future,” she said.

“We want to help families reach their goals to overcome challenges they face, including housing which the program takes on, safe environments, healthy activities and routines and strengthening support networks.”

Acting team leader for supported accommodation Kerry Robinson said staff, the majority of which were Aboriginal, worked together with families who used the house to provide support.

“It’s important for Save the Children to have a strong Aboriginal workforce as well as work closely with Aboriginal people and organisations,” she said.

Save the Children will provide more information about this and all its programs at an information stall at Foodland today from 9.30am for Family Matters National Week of Action.

Family Matters National Week of Action is led by SNAICC - National Voice for our Children (formerly known as Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care) to promote the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in their family and their culture.

Save the Children is a supporter of Family Matters and has programs in place to follow its goals, including its Healthy Recess Program which provided fruit and healthy snacks to about 200 students in Ceduna, Yalata and Koonibba.

She said other programs included ‘Play2learn’ supported playgroups to support children 0 to 5-years-old with their development and youth mentoring to help young people reach their goals.

Ms Carbines said the organisation hoped to source funding to extend the mentoring program to include “middle years” children aged 7 to 12-years-old.