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Maitland Family Support Scheme Inc held their open day on Monday 23rd June 2014, the aim of the day was to let services and community know what is available in the area and to finally celebrate our move to the Woodberry Family Centre. The day kicked off with a welcome to country by Aunty Marge Anderson, followed by a smoking ceremony conducted by Leon Hammond.

Thank goodness the weather held off and the services, community members, local childcare staff and children were able to gather in the newly renovated community  BBQ area to enjoy the highlight of the day the brilliant Murrin Dancers, accompanied on  didgeridoo by local artist John Robinson.  A BBQ followed which was kindly cooked by long time supporters of Maitland Family Support the East Maitland Kiwanis.

A big thank you goes out to Gary & Louise from RealCare for their generosity in donating sausages for the BBQ as well as free boxes of cereal for people to take home

Kids had the chance to enjoy getting their face painted, art & craft activities and walk through our fairy garden while parents had the opportunity to talk to services and get information on local community services and agencies.

Photo: Robbie King and Trudy Barnes of Maitland Family Support Scheme.
Picture by PERRY DUFFIN 190614PD076

Hunter families have a chance to find out more about the services that are available to help them through tough times.

Maitland Family Support Scheme will host an open day today between 10am and 2pm.

Manager Robbie King said it was a chance for people to find out what sort of assistance was available for families in the community.

She said representatives from various service providers would be available to speak with people, ranging from migrant and refugee services to women and family support services.

We provide a place where people can drop in and find out about other services, she said.

We provide advice and talk strategy with parents.

Ms King said free activities such as boomerang making and Aboriginal painting would be on offer at today’s free event, as well as a barbecue lunch.

She said the organisation moved from Ashtonfield to Woodberry Family Centre, in Lawson Avenue, Woodberry, about 12 months ago.

Ms King said the open day was also partly to remind people of the organisation’s new location.

Sally and Trudy are attending and presenting at The Sector Support evaluation session in Sydney on 26th June 2014 and have also been invited to attend the FaMS Innovative Practice Forum.