The Smith Family has been the Facilitating Partner for the Australian Government’s Townsville West Region Communities for Children Facilitating Partner (CfCFP) since 2005. We facilitate the delivery of a range of services designed to improve outcomes for children from 0 to 12 years old and their families within the local community.
The Townsville West CfC initiative operates in Queensland within the suburbs of Currajong, West End, Aitkenvale, Garbutt, Gulliver, Heatley and Vincent, which are all located within the local government area of the City of Townsville.
Funded programs delivered by our Community Partners:
Aitkenvale PCYC: Active Kids program targets children aged 4 – 5 years, building confidence, capacity and skills with two components: 1. Swim to Survive – a swimming survival program; 2. Fit Kids – an active, structured play and development session. It aims to instil a regular habit of physical activity, social, emotional and cognitive engagement, improving safety and health outcomes.
Australian Red Cross: Giggle N Grow Supports children aged 0 – 5 years and their parents/carers, sharing effective behaviour management strategies that strengthens nurtures and develops responsive parenting. Giggle N Grow is a structured play scheme providing high quality play based learning opportunities and support for children at risk of developmental and behavioural issues.
The Gowrie (Qld) Inc: Get Set for Prep program is a quality early learning activity that equips children aged 4 to 5 years, and their parents/carers, with the skills and knowledge for a positive transition to school. The activity is delivered at Townsville West State School throughout the year.
Churches of Care Qld: Dthulgurri Weeburra Giyu targets parents from Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse and young parent backgrounds through a multi-layer approach. It increases respectful, caring and nurturing relationships between parents and their children by using the evidence-based program, ‘Bringing Up Great Kids’. The program also supports a Men’s yarning circle.
Garbutt Bombers Cultural and Sporting Association: Murma Yallorin program supports young primary children and their families access sport in a supportive environment that is culturally appropriate.
Community Gro; PlayGro is an exciting new program that began in 2020 at the Garbutt Community Centre – its aimed at children ages 3-5 and helps them to develop skills necessary to prepare them for school.
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Although funding for this project has been provided by both the Australian and Queensland Governments, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views of either Government.