Services for Women and Families

Supporting and Empowering Women and Families

Our Community Engagement Team offers services to the newly arrived to ensure a smooth transition to the Australian way of life.

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Croatian
Czech
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English
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Greek
Hindi
Italian
Korean
Kurdish
Macedonian
Madi
Malay
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Mandarin
Persian (Farsi/Dari)
Polish
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Russian
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Shona
Spanish
Tagalog*
Tamil
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Ukrainian
Vietnamese
(*and a small number of Filipino dialects)

Our Women & Families Team (part of the Community Engagement division) offer services and programs to help parents and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) to raise happy and healthy families.

We support and empower parents who are expecting a baby and families with children up to eight years of age who live in the Blacktown and Penrith local government areas. The Family Support Program is funded by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ)..

We Can Help With

Supported Playgroups

Supported Playgroups are held during school terms for parents, grandparents, carers and their children aged up to five years. Parents engage with their children in a range of fun and educational activities like Story Time, Rhyme Time, Art & Craft, etc.

Blacktown Multicultural Playgroup

Tuesdays, 10 am to 12pm
SydWest office, Ground Floor, Suite 1, 125 Main St Blacktown

Women's Support Groups

Our Women’s Support Groups for women in the Blacktown and Penrith local government areas are a great way for women to meet up and share with others while their children are cared for in adjoining rooms. This gives parents a break and the chance to discover more about parenting in a supportive environment. They are also a great way to build a parent’s social network.

Each term, Support Groups have regular information sessions on health and wellbeing, education, raising families, parenting, creative arts and more

We have six groups that meet during the school terms:

  • All Group meetings are also listed in the Activities Calendar online.
  • Visit the Activities Calendar for the latest information and school term sessions.

Strengthening Connections

We work to bring communities together through special events such as Mother’s Day and International Mother Language Day, to bring our families together.

As well, we encourage our clients to participate in community events to strengthen their connection to their local community.

Cultural Information for Service Providers

By working with culturally and linguistically diverse women and families, our team is qualified to provide cultural information to other service providers to help them become more culturally knowledgeable and responsive to the needs of the community.

Support for Parents expecting and caring for a new baby

Our team can link and refer families to other service providers to address their specific needs.

Home Visits

Our qualified and experienced team can visit new parents in their home to support them and ensure they are connected.

Working with Emerging Communities

Our team supports emerging communities to understand their issues and responding with appropriate information sessions and referrals.

Cultural Event Celebrations

Our team coordinates a range of high-profile events during the year, including International Women’s Day and Family Fun days. As well, they work with our client families to celebrate key cultural events during the year, such as Ramadan, Diwali, Harmony Day and Refugee Week.

Domestic Violence Prevention

As part of the ongoing work that SydWest does to address domestic and family violence, we have been coordinating the CALD Domestic Violence Prevention project for the past few years, working with local community ambassadors to equip them with knowledge and networks to support people in their community to seek help.

Refugee and Migrant Domestic Violence Report

The service offers case management support to women from refugee and migrant background (and their children) who are residing in the Blacktown LGA and are fleeing Domestic and Family Violence. The service will target holders of the following visa categories: Temporary working visa, Provisional visa, Partners, and/or Prospective marriage visa, Bridging visa.

Download: Specialist Migrant Domestic Violence Project Flyer

We have six groups that meet during the school terms

Riverstone Mums & Bubs Group

Fridays, 10am to 12pm

Riverstone Uniting Church, 62 Garfield Road East

Penrith Migrant and Refugee Women’s Support Group

Thursdays during School Terms, 10am to 12pm

Playground at Victoria Park, Corner Putland and Princess Mary Street, St Mary’s

Glenwood Indian Women’s Support Group

Tuesdays during School Terms, 10 am to 12pm

Glenwood Community Hub, 72 Glenwood Park Drive, Glenwood 2768

Bert Oldfield Multicultural Women’s Support Group

Wednesdays, 10.00am to 12.00pm

Bert Oldfield Public School, Oldfields Road, Seven Hills

Mt Druitt Women’s Support Group

Mondays, 10am to 12pm

Level 1, 13 Cleeve Cl, Mt Druitt

Multicultural Women’s Support Group

Thursdays, 10am to 12pm

SydWest Head Office, Ground Floor, 125 Main St Blacktown

Community Engagement Services Brochure

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Specialist Migrant Domestic Violence Project Flyer

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Term Program

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