Activities and Upcoming Events

 

Our activities include:

Weekly Parent Support Group

We offer a weekly Parent Peer Support Group that aims to enhance the emotional and social wellbeing of Vietnamese parents of children with a disability, reduce isolation and strengthen parenting capacity. Families receive guidance, advice and education about caring for a child with a disability and information on how to access the disability service system.  The Group also provides regular carer well-being sessions and facilitated opportunities for parents to experience and learn how to manage stress, eat well, exercise and relax.

When:  Thursdays during school term, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Mackillop Centre 118 Commercial Rd Footscray.

Child minding: Yes

Language: Vietnamese and English


Youth Peer Support Groups

We offer peer support opportunities for Vietnamese children and youth with disabilities in collaboration with Extended Families Australia.  Opportunities include meet up groups for youth with Autism and media based peer support programs.

When:  Various

Child minding: All groups are led by experienced facilitators

Cost: Covered by Individual NDIS Plans

Language: Vietnamese and English


Annual Family Camp

We hold an annual three-day weekend camp for families. The Camp provides parents and children with an opportunity to meet socially in a supported environment for fun, relaxation, social and emotional peer support.

When:  January each year (postponed for 14/15/16 January 2022 due to COVID-19 Coronavirus)

Child minding: Please note that parent supervision of their children is required at camp

Cost: Covered by Individual NDIS plans

Language: Vietnamese and English


Community Events and Celebrations

The VFSN hosts important Vietnamese cultural celebrations and supports members to participate in wider community participation events. Key celebrations include Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Carer’s Day Celebration, Mother’s and Father’s Day Celebrations.

When:  Various

Child minding: Please note that parent supervision of their children is required  Language: Vietnamese and English


Information and Referral

The VFSN provides information exchange and advice to Vietnamese families who have a child with a disability living in Melbourne and across Australia.

Language: Vietnamese and English

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