Koolyangarra (known as “Kooly”) is a local Aboriginal services hub- running Aboriginal programs, providing a base for outreach services, and where NCNS Aboriginal workers are based.
Child & Family Programs
NCNS offers a range of early intervention and social inclusion programs for families and children in neighbourhoods across Penrith. Our programs operate as mini service hubs, taking every opportunity to promote participation in early education, engage in fun literacy activities, and to refer families to targeted services – to get support early.
NCNS works with young people in schools, centres and neighbourhoods across Penrith. This small, but active team’s current motto is “the object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives”. The Youth Team are advocates for the young people they work with, nurturing, supporting and affirming their innate resilience and providing activities big and small that will challenge and inspire them. They have a particular emphasis on working with vulnerable young people in the public housing estate areas of Cranebrook and Kingswood Park, with Aboriginal young people and with young people in Glenmore Park.
Read more about NCNS’ work with young people in the community and in schools here, or for information on our programs, click here.
Casework & Family Support
When Aboriginal families are in need of extra support, our casework team can provide that support. Made up of two Aboriginal Brighter Futures caseworkers and an Indigenous Parenting Support caseworker and team leader, there is the flexibility and scope to work with families in a range of situations and with diverse needs.
Most of us share a common desire for a sense of belonging and a feeling of connection to our local community.
At NCNS, Community Development is about building social and community capacity in our most disadvantaged communities; providing local, responsive and flexible services and establishing partnerships and collaborative practice arrangements whenever and wherever possible.
Community development is at the heart of all our programs and activities.
- How to build strong and positive relationships with your children
- How to manage tricky behaviour
- How to make parenting more enjoyable and less stressful
- Get support from the group as you practice your new parenting strategies.
Kids don’t come with an instruction manual. Whether you’re a mum, dad, single parent family, step-parenting or a carer, parenting workshops at NCNS can help you with a specific problem, or provide tips on parenting and help with understanding your child’s development and behaviour.