After a successful pilot in 2017 in our Wyong office, we launched the ParentsNext program in two regions in New South Wales – Sydney Greater West and NSW Central Coast. This year we expanded the program further, launching services in nine locations.
The program assists parents with activities that will help prepare them for work. The service is different for each individual and balances their responsibilities and schedule as a parent with activities that can lead to improved confidence and skills and then employment.
The program works closely with community organisations so that we can engage with parents who may need support. Although 90% of people in the program are women, there is a growing number of men, including single fathers, also engaging with the program.