Supporting Families Through Neighbourhood Service Networks

Experience has shown that children and families are more resilient when they mix with positive people and groups in their neighbourhood and have ready access to services that are well networked.

The Stronger Families Alliance’s goal is that every Blue Mountains family have access to a collaborative service network which is unique to their neighbourhood, supports child development and is a natural gateway into community life.

A neighbourhood service network includes professionals working in universal services and volunteers. The network makes time to work together to support families and develop referral pathways between each other and into the targeted support system.

The Child and Family Plan provides service networks with an evidence base and flexible road map to:

  • Nurture children’s ongoing development
  • Assist schools, communities and families to help children achieve at school
  • Increase parents’ social supports and community connections
  • Create service networks between universal services, recreation services and civic groups

Download Child and Family Plan: Part A: Strengthening Families through Neighbourhood Service Networks

The School-Centred Community Hubs Program assists neighbourhood service networks to achieve the Child and Family Plan’s objectives and develop collaborative working relationships. Hubs are run by local services and funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services,


Stronger Families Alliance Childrens Week

October 2011 event organized by the Blackheath / Mount Victoria Hub service network for Children’s Week.