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The Tweddle Team Ready for 2023

The Tweddle Team Ready for 2023

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As we enter our 103rd year, Tweddle staff are rolling up their sleeves in readiness for an incredibly busy 12 months. Parents, babies, and toddlers are once again unpacking their suitcases and being warmly welcomed to Tweddle’s Residential unit and our community-based programs.

Health professionals are referring families to us for intensive early parenting support they can trust, in addition to families having the option of self-referring.

The count-down is on to mid-August when we will open our doors to our second Residential unit in Wyndham, a region which has seen the biggest increase in babies and children aged 0-4 years in Victoria over the past decade.  We can’t wait to move into our new purpose-built facility and settle into the neighbourhood.

Here is a program update covering our programs and services for 2023. We encourage families to call us during business hours with any questions or referrals and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

Tweddle’s Wyndham and Footscray EPC building update – New Early Parenting Centres for Victoria

Work is progressing well on both sites with opening dates estimated to be around mid-August. Wyndham will cater for 10 residential families per week and have facilities for four day stay families. Footscray will increase our current capacity to 16 residential families and a new day stay unit.

Tweddle’s Residential Program

Our Footscray Residential Services team are currently providing our 5-day program to 6 families per week.  We welcome enquiries, self-referrals, or professional referrals for our program. read more

Tweddle’s Day Stay Programs

Tweddle’s Day Stay programs are delivered in Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Nhill (Hindmarsh, in partnership with the West Wimmera Health Service), Barwon, Terang (in partnership with the Terang & Mortlake Health Service and Wyndham (Tarneit). Program staff look forward to helping families across Victoria.  read more

Fee For Service Programs (In-home, Private Day Stay, Telehealth)

Our fee for service programs include a private day stay service in Footscray, Kings Park and Geelong, In-home support and Telehealth consultations. Our experienced team can discuss the various options available to best suit your family. read more

Tweddle Childbirth Education

Tweddle’s Childbirth Education classes offer two options for expectant parents. These include over 3 hours of filmed Childbirth Education with a leading Midwife and Childbirth Educator (This education is offered using a password) or expectant parents can also attend face to face classes across two Thursday evenings or one day Saturday and Sunday option. read more 

HoPES

Tweddle’s Home Parenting Education Support Service (HoPES) is a home-based parenting program with a focus on family reunification and family preservation for families involved with DFFH and family service agencies. The 8-week program helps to build on parenting strengths. read more 

MyTime

Tweddle’s MyTime program for parents and carers of children 0-18 years with additional needs recommences with the school term. Groups take place as follows:

  • Avondale Heights 10 am to 12pm every Monday (from Monday 6th Feb – 3rd April)
  • Tarneit10 am to 12pm every Monday (from Monday 6th Feb – 3rd April)
  • Maidstone 10 am to 12pm every Tuesday (from Tuesday 7th Feb – 28th March)
  • Manor Lakes 10 am to 12pm every Tuesday (from Tuesday 7th Feb – 28th March)
  • Point Cook10 am to 12pm every Wednesday (hybrid face-to-face and online) (from Wed 8th Feb – 29th March)
  • Newport 10 am – 12pm every Friday (From Friday 10th Feb – 31st March) read more 
Tweddle’s Working Out Dads Program

After five years of program delivery and evaluation, Tweddle’s Working Out Dads has now become part of a four-year Murdoch Children’s Research Institute research trial to evaluate ways to promote men’s health and wellbeing during early fatherhood. Fathers living in and around Geelong, Bendigo and the Merri-bek area are currently asked to join the study. read more

Community programs in partnership

Tweddle delivers various community-based programs, individually and in partnership with other stakeholders. Programs include Circle of Security ™, Brimbank Playsteps, Bringing Up Great Kids and Early Help. We are grateful to our partners and funders who include Anglicare, VACCA and Brimbank City Council.

Professional Development

Tweddle provides innovative training programs delivered by qualified educators with extensive knowledge and experience. Tweddle clinicians specialise in professional development around infant mental health, childhood trauma, attachment, early parenting support and family partnership education, sleep and settling. Tweddle’s 2023 professional development calendar will be launching soon. Community support workers and health professionals working with babies, toddlers, parents, and families are invited to sign up for professional development announcements and dates. Register your interest here

Brimbank Playsteps

The Brimbank Playsteps program, delivered in partnership with Brimbank Council, is a free parent-child group where participants meet new friends and get to know their child through play. The Playsteps program runs for 8 weeks and has a focus on having fun and strengthening parent-child relationships. The group is facilitated by Play and Early Parenting Practitioners. read more

Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Service

Four families a fortnight attend Tweddle’s 10-day Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Service (PASDS) which is available to parents who have children between 0 and 3 years who are currently involved with the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).

We are excited to announce that Tweddle will soon be commencing a new extension to our PASD service to include an in-home service in Barwon. This new service adds to our Barwon based HoPES and Day Stay programs, and will allow Tweddle to support more babies, toddlers and their families in the rapidly growing region. We are aiming to commence services early in 2023.

Prison Program

Tweddle’s Dame Phyllis Frost parenting support program is providing services to Mums and their babies and children through Telehealth.

Sleep and Settling Training – Fact Sheets

A suite of Sleep and Settling fact sheets have been developed to provide information and support to parents, caregivers and service providers. These will support consistent and evidence-informed approaches to sleep and settling information sessions.  Fact sheets are published in 14 community languages and simple English. read more 

Sleep and Settling MCH Training Program

Since June 2021 Tweddle delivered 48 workshops across the state to the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) workforce. The workforce attended a 6-hour workshop as part of the second phase of this Sleep and Settling training program. The workshop schedule included 79 LGAs, ten Aboriginal Organisations, three Early Parenting Centres and three universities.

Tweddle has trained 5-10% of the MCH workforce in Sleep and Settling – Train the Trainer. Each team now has a Sleep and Settling champion who can support and train their peers in the model, including new MCH workforce staff and recent graduates. To further assist the MCH sector Tweddle is offering one more workshop session. read more

Tweddle’s Therapy Dog Program

Meeting Tweddle’s adorable therapy dog Ajay occurs for families attending Tweddle’s residential program. Ajay helps families build trust, social and emotional regulation, sensory regulation, empathy, and fine motor skills.

Contact Tweddle for support

Please don’t hesitate to contact Tweddle to talk about our programs on 9689 1577.  Our specialist Tweddle clinicians that care for babies, toddlers, and their families, offer a broad range of qualifications and experience.

They include registered nurses, midwives, psychologists, social workers, early childhood practitioners, community health and family violence workers and mothercraft nurses.

 

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