Hansard - The Place Young Parents Group

I recognise the tremendous efforts of staff at The Place Community Centre in Charlestown. I especially recognise the dedicated staff attached to the Young Parents Group, which is the only group of its kind in the Hunter.

The program started in 2012 and it provides an opportunity for young parents across the Hunter and New England region to connect and learn parenting skills. The service receives regular referrals through the Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Health and other non-government agencies.

The two staff attached to the program organise a mix of social activities for parents and their children as well as developing parenting skills through first aid, cooking, budgeting and other educational courses. The Young Parents Group is an important example of the return on investment that government can achieve through focusing on early intervention.

The young parents who participate in the program are prime examples of early government investment achieving long-term results. Government funding for the program is being discontinued. I will be working with The Place to identify other sources of funding and ensure the ongoing viability of the Young Parents Group