“The love of your child will be what gets you through. That’s what you are doing it for because they’re your whole world and I felt that if I quit on him, he had nobody else and I couldn’t quit.”
Mother, Waanyi and Jaru Nations
Your organisation can support Families are First
Organisations can get involved in the Families are First movement too.
Let people know about Families are First
Your organisation can:
- share information about Families are First to other relevant organisations and potential participants through hard copy promotion (postcards), electronic promotion (email, weblinks, newsletter bulletins), displaying postcards in reception areas or community spaces and through word of mouth
- promote Families are First activities which may be of interest to potential participants and inviting them to attend events (for example meet and greets) to find out more
- advise the Families are First team of any upcoming events of significance, cultural observances as well as other family and child based initiatives.
We can provide organisations with hard copy and electronic Families are First promotional materials, as well as content to share on social media, in newsletters and within their programs.
For more information email the Families are First team - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you know someone with a great story to share?
You can help identify potential participants and give them information about Families are First. If they are interested in learning more pass on our contact details or pass on their contact details to us with their permission.
Workers in your organisation may also be able to help families tell and share their stories. You can provide support to families by:
- helping them decide what story they want to tell and how
- providing access to equipment or expertise to create the story
- assist them with computer and internet access to submit their story when it's ready.
Does your organisation have a story to share?
Organisations may also like to share about the work they are doing to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Some examples could include:
- Welcoming baby to country ceremonies
- Mums and bubs groups
- Family camps
- On country programs
- Rites of passage initiatives for boys and girls
- Parenting programs
- Grandparent programs
- Home visiting services
- Student mentoring and engagement programs.
These stories could be told in different ways such as film, audio or a write up with photographs. Check out the hints and tips on how to put together a great story. Organisations can upload the stories using the submission form.
Encouraging children and young people to tell their stories
Children and young people have a unique perspective about the adults in their lives and the things which are important to them growing up.
In January 2020, Families are First implemented a program called “My everyday Hero’ to encourage children and young people to share their stories of the people in their lives who inspire them, teach them and encourage them to stay strong and proud.
The objective of this program is to support the children and young people to create and share their stories about the people in their lives and things they do to help make their lives better.
The program results in a collection of stories created by youth which can be shared through the Families are First project. Parents must consent to the collection and sharing of stories and images. Families are First can supply consent forms for completion prior to the program.
The school-based program can be run during normal class time where it aligns with programming. Alternatively, it can be an after-school/school holiday program run over 3-4 afternoons at school or in a library / community setting.
Currently, the Families are First team lead the program in collaboration with staff as appropriate. We are committed to having local Elders and community members involved and we will work with interested schools and services to help identify these people. In the near future we will develop a written program which can be run by schools, libraries and other community organisations with children in their community with stories submitted to Families are First through this website.
If you would like to learn more about this program or invite the Families are First team to work with children and young people in your community send an email to email@example.com