Sibling programs: South Western Metropolitan Region

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The following sibling program are in the South Western Metropolitan Region of Victoria.

These sibling programs cover the local government areas of Brimbank, Hobson’s Bay, Maribrynong, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham.


Carers Victoria Respite Connections, Young Carer Program

Region: South Western Metropolitan
Contact Details: Natalie Meli or Alexandra Athanasiadis
Postal Address: PO Box 2204, Footscray VIC 3011
Street Address: As above
Phone: 03 9396 9550
Fax: 03 9396 9555
Email: natalie.meli@carersvictoria.org.au or alexandra.athanasiadis@carersvictoria.org.au
Weblink: http://www.carersvictoria.org.au/respite-connections/young-carers
Localities: Wyndham, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Brimbank, Moonee Valley, Melbourne

Description: The Young Carer Program aims to support young people who are caring for someone in their family who has a disability, chronic illness, mental illness or is frail aged. Sometimes because of what’s happening at home, the young person may be unable to attend school regularly, or misses out on recreational opportunities or has a bit more on their plate than most young people.

Our aim is to support them educationally, recreationally and also by offering emotional support whenever is needed. The program is quite flexible and it’s really up to the young person to let us know how we can support them to balance caring, school and having time out.

The Young Carer Program’s focus is on the young person so we like to maintain regular contact with them and encourage them to contact us if ever they need to. We also run camps and school holiday activities so that our young carers can meet other young people who may be in similar situations; it’s all about having some fun!

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Khaki Rebels Combined Youth and Special Needs Club

Region: South Western Metropolitan
Contact Details: Wayne Jones, Co-ordinator of Program
Postal Address: PO Box 486, Melton VIC 3337
Street Address: Blackwood Drive Community Hall, Blackwood Drive, Melton
Mobile: For all enquiries contact Erica on 0448 532 151 or Wayne 0422 833 262
Email: co_ordinator@khaki-rebels.org.au
Weblink: www.khaki-rebels.org.au
Localities: All South Western local government areas

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MacKillop Family Services

Region: South Western Metropolitan
Contact Details: Emma Leunig
Postal Address: 118 Commercial Road, Footscray Vic 3011
Street Address: As above
Phone: 03 9680 8444
Fax: 03 9396 1814
Email: emma.leunig@mackillop.org.au
Localities: Wyndham & Melton & Inner West (local government areas include Brimbank, Maribyrnong & Hobson’s Bay)

Description: To provide a social network where individuals have something in common (a brother/sister with a disability) and can take ownership of their own group away from family and other friends.The program provides a non-formal approach and focuses on social & recreational activities.

Facilitators provide a nurturing environment where participants are comfortable to be themselves, and have freedom to grow and experience life safely through their adolescent years. Numbers are capped per region. Limited Vacancies available. Please contact Emma to discuss access.

Target Group: Siblings aged 8-13 years living in Wyndham, Melton or inner West.
Service Fees: Approx. $0 – $20 per Saturday activity, $0 – $50 other day activity, $60 3 day camp.
Days of Operation: Varying – approximately 1 Saturday activity every 6 weeks, school holiday activity day varies, , occasional Friday night activity, 3 day camp at different times during year.

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Noah’s Ark West

Region: South Western Metropolitan
Contact Details: Julie Craven
Postal Address: Suite 114, 44-56 Hampstead Rd Maidstone 3012
Street Address: As above
Phone: 03 9304 7413
Fax: 03 9318 2822
Email: julie.craven@noahsarkinc.org.au
Localities: Albanvale

Description: Run twice yearly, during school holidays from 10.00am to 2.30pm for a day. Themed based day with activities suitable for 6-10 year olds. The activities involve fun and games, including art and craft, cooking and outdoor fun. Staffed by Noahs Ark.

Target Group: Children aged 6-10 years of age
Disabilities: Suitable for siblings of children on Noahs Ark service.
Service Fees: NIL
Days of Operation: One day program in school holidays only.

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Published July 18, 2014 - Updated April 30, 2015