Family Harmony Program
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”
– Anthony Brandt
Settling into a new way of life in a foreign country can be a challenging experience for anyone. However, there’s often more to think about when you’re arriving as a family, as opposed to doing it on your own. This is why the Family Harmony Program is so useful in supporting our clients smoothly transition into their new community.
Adjusting to Australian life as a family
Family Harmony provides a series of free, interactive workshops that offer information, support and skill development opportunities to newly arrived families from refugee, humanitarian, migrant and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
It aims to educate clients about Australian families’ rights and responsibilities and strategies for building strong, resilient and resourceful family units. Of great importance with the workshops, is ensuring families experience a supportive and nurturing environment, to help them holistically adjust to their new community and life in Australia.
What’s covered in the Program?
Each workshop is delivered in our clients’ native language. Focusing on family relationships and parenting, the workshops cover a range of topics including:
- positive parenting and care approaches
- maintaining healthy family relationships
- child protection
- domestic violence
- managing family conflict
- skills to developing respectful relationships.
How do the sessions work?
Applying new information through interaction is one of the best ways to learn. That’s why our workshops are so hands-on. Hands-on teaching leads to a deeper and faster learning experience for our clients.
Adopting a community development approach, we train members of existing communities – who have undergone the same or similar journeys to our clients – to co-facilitate the workshop, with the co-facilitator also taking part in group sessions. These sessions explore the cultural differences between Australia and our clients’ country of origin, through the exchange of ideas about dealing with Australian systems.
In addition, clients are given numerous opportunities to apply their learning in either informal group settings or one-on-one mentoring.
What outcomes can our clients expect?
Importantly, Family Harmony builds on our clients’ existing strengths, providing them with practical information and skills to develop stronger community support networks. It also increases their confidence when engaging with different organisations (eg schools, childcare, employers, support services, etc) and the wider community.
To fully address our clients’ needs, Family Harmony uses a variety of resources including Families in Cultural Transition, Tuning into Kids and Teens and works in conjunction with Communities for Children .
The Program is funded by the NT Government Department of Children and Families and has been developed by Melaleuca with the support and approval of various government agencies.
For more information about the Family Harmony Program, please contact us on 08 8985 3311 or at email@example.com