Gratitude, Growth and End of Year Closures

Gratitude, Growth and End of Year Closures

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Dear friends,

Who could have predicted that for two years, Tweddle’s dedicated clinicians would be delivering programs for babies, toddlers and their families virtually or socially distanced wearing masks and goggles?

We have nearly two years of COVID stories to reflect upon. I’d like to thank every parent, carer, health professional and community services worker who has turned to Tweddle’s team for support during that time.

Looking back over the past two years, and especially since a State of Emergency was declared in March 2020, Tweddle has continued to deliver uninterrupted education and programs.

We are grateful to our teams. They are Assessment and Intake, Residential, PASDS, Psychology support, Childbirth Ed, In-Home, MyTime, Prison program, HoPES, Working Out Dads, Telehealth, Online and Corporate support. As Tweddle expands and grows, I would like to express our appreciation to donors, philanthropists, our funders, and partners.

We thank the Andrews Labor Government for the expansion project that will see us support more families across Victoria. We are grateful to the Department of Health, and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing and the ongoing support of our local Member for Footscray, Ms Katie Hall MP

We are privileged and grateful that families place their trust in us to support them through the challenging early years. Everyone at Tweddle wishes you a safe and happy festive season. We look forward to supporting you and your family in 2022.

Stay well and take care,
Jacquie O’Brien
Tweddle CEO

Partnerships, Footscray Redevelopment and New EPCs

In 2021 we were delighted to launch a new Hindmarsh Day Stay in partnership with West Wimmera Health Service. This service brings our Day Stay locations to seven across Victoria.

We’ve been working closely with the Victorian Health Building Authority as we approach our Footscray site redevelopment, due to commence early in 2022. Residential programs will continue throughout 2022.

This year Tweddle continued to work with Barwon Health and Bendigo Health to establish new Early Parenting Centres (EPC) as part of the Victorian Government’s $123 million Early Parenting Centres Expansion and Upgrade project.

Exciting news for Wyndham families, the location of Tweddle’s new Early Parenting Centre has been announced as 239-245 Princes Highway, Werribee. Construction is due to start in early 2022.

Sleep and Settling Training Update

After forty-one workshops (as of 8 December) Tweddle now has less than 10 workshops remaining in delivering the Sleep and Settling workshop training to the entire Victorian MCH workforce.

The team have delivered training workshops to 62 LGAs, 3 universities – RMIT, Latrobe and Federation, Early Parenting Centres QEC and Mercy Health O’Connell Family Centre along with 8 Aboriginal Organisations.

While we missed the opportunity to meet everyone personally, we were warmed by the feedback of the Maternal and Child workforce participating in the training.   The team looks forward to completing the workshop delivery by early 2022. You can visit the Sleep and Settling resources page here.

The Working Out Dads Trial – Research Project

After five years of program delivery and evaluation, Tweddle’s Working Out Dads is now a part of a four-year NHRMA Murdoch Children’s Research Institute research trial to evaluate ways to promote men’s health and well-being during early fatherhood. The project is gathering important evidence about whether the Working Out Dads program should be made more widely available to other fathers in the future. We’re grateful for the partnership with Associate Professor Rebecca Giallo from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the team of research leaders.

Equity and Diversity

During the year, Tweddle commenced the second phase of our Reconciliation Action Plan (Innovate). Aboriginal artist Dixon Patten was commissioned to create several illustrations demonstrating Tweddle’s reconciliation journey. We also commenced preparation for rainbow tick inclusive practice and accreditation, and updated our diversity statements and pronoun education.

Working Out Parenting – Onsite Residential Dads Group
With thanks to the Collier Charitable Fund Tweddle delivered an onsite dads’ group which aimed to increase the engagement of residential dads. Delivered over two pandemic affected years, we delivered 54 sessions to 135 dads. A fitness and wellbeing room was established, a resource that will be moved to Tweddle’s new development.

Working Out Parenting connected dads back to local services, and home life. Dads presented from a range of diverse life circumstances and backgrounds.
Focusing on the important link between physical, emotional and mental health, we shared practical tips that enhanced their program at Tweddle. We are grateful to have been able to deliver this important program and the investment into an ongoing fitness/well-being centre for staff and families.

Thank you Donors, Philanthropists and Partners

We’d like to thank the Collier Charitable Fund for the Resources for Resilience grant and the onsite residential dads’ Working Out Parenting grant. We were able to purchase new equipment, furniture, zoo and aquarium memberships, safe-sleeping pods and travel passes.

We’re grateful to the William Angliss Charitable Fund for providing a grant that will help us deliver Playsteps to families at our Footscray site and to the Rotary Club of Footscray for a grant that translated our Welcome to Tweddle pack into four languages.

We’d like to acknowledge Brimbank Communities for Children for enabling us to deliver the PlaySteps program to Brimbank families and also Ms Romy Katz, Ms Jo Norton, Ms Lesley Yates, the Horsfall family, Ms Cheryl Morrissey and Mr David Parham for their generosity.

Other greatly appreciated donors included GAIA Skincare, Knit One Give One, Fay Stankovich, Brenda Cottee and Rhonda Doyle who dedicate many hours of in-kind work to provide knitted items and quilts for families, loved by Tweddle families and staff.

We would like to thank Tweddle parents Laura, Chris and Caroline who shared their Tweddle story with Channel 7’s House of Wellness and ABC TV. These insights allowed parents and professionals to broaden their understanding of what we do at Tweddle.

A special mention to 1939 Tweddle baby Jim Hevey who donated a self-published colour historical book to Tweddle staff which is available to view on the Tweddle Centenary website. Jim is an ongoing advocate for Tweddle for which we are all grateful.

Summer closures and support services

Tweddle will be closed over the festive period from Thursday 23rd December and will reopen on Monday January 17th 2022. Tweddle’s MyTime groups align with school terms so will commence in the first week of February. If you need parenting support through the holiday period, reach out to the following organisations ;

Parenting Help Lines and Links

Parentline  13 22 89
Lifeline 13 11 14
Mensline 1300 78 99 78
1800Respect (family violence/sexual assault) 1800 737 732
24 Hour MCH Line 13 22 29
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
CAREinMIND – chat, telephone & video counselling 1300 096 269
Tweddle Parent Info Hub
Raising Children Network
Better Health Channel


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