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FamilyCare is delivering a range of free services in the next few months that will help parents and carers with parenting in the Goulburn Valley Area.

FamilyCare is funded to deliver the programs for families and children in Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires, covering a range of topics including coaching for children and teenagers, which will help families connect and to navigate their own emotions.

The Regional Parenting Programs, RSP, for term two will start this week:

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Tuning in to Teens: April 22 – May 20, 6.30pm till 8.30pm, 119 Wellington Street, Wallan

Emotion Coaching –Connecting with Teens: April 30, 6pm till 8pm, online session 

Emotion Coaching – Connecting with our Kids Yea: May 8, 4pm till 6pm, Yea Primary School

DADS Emotion Coaching for Kids: May 4, 10am till 12pm, Greater Beveridge Community Centre.

To find out more about the sessions and to register, visit or call RPS coordinator 0418 549 155.

In partnership with agency TheHub 3756, there will be three programs which participants will need to be register via calling 1300 253 961.

Circle of Security: May 2 – June 20, 10am till 12pm, 42 Bentinck Street, Wallan

Circle of Security:  May 2 – June 20, 6pm till 8pm, online session 

1-2-3 Magic for Neurodiverse kids: April 30 – May 14, 9.30am till 11.30am, 48 Queen Street, Wallan

For father’s wanting to learn about early child development and self-care, FamilyCare will offer its free father program at Great Beveridge Community Centre, starting from May 22 until June 5, 6pm till 9pm on Wednesdays.

In Seymour, partnered with Nexus Primary Health, FamilyCare and Primary Care Connect, a drumbeat program will be available for children aged nine till 13 who have experienced unhealthy relationships or been exposed to historical family violence.  

The program will go for nine weeks on Wednesdays starting from April 24 at FamilyCare, 64 High Street, Seymour.

Goulburn Regional Parenting Services Coordinator Rowena Exell said the free programs were complementary to 16 Days of Activism – an annual global campaign FamilyCare takes part in to raise awareness for gender-based violence.

“We know really strong feelings can manifest in unhealthy behaviours such as anger and aggressive behaviour, so being able to coach and to teach parents about understanding emotions with their kids – the benefit of it also is that parents get to understand their emotions as well,” she said. 

In Murrindindi Shire, Parent Early Education Partnership, PEEP, program will be available for parents and their children aged zero to one at Yea Library, starting April 18 on Thursdays at 1.30pm.

Ms Exell said FamilyCare was starting to pivot back to face-to-face groups again.

For more information on FamilyCare and its services, visit

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