New Child and Parent Centre launches at Warriapendi Primary School

MercyCare and Warriapendi Primary School have teamed up to provide a welcoming place for all parents, relatives and carers of children aged 0 to 8 in Balga and Mirrabooka.

The Warriapendi Child and Parent Centre will be a place to feel welcome and safe at the school, meet other parents and make new friends, find out about local activities and services and learn more about what happens at the school and how parents can participate.

Opening at Warriapendi Primary School, the state-government funded Warriapendi Child and Parent Centre is one of 16 new Child and Parent Centres in WA.

The Child and Parent Centre will also offer services catering to the specific needs of the parents and children and may include child and maternal health services, playgroups, early learning programs, workshops on child development and counselling and family support.

In addition, staff will work with other organisations to coordinate services for families with young children.

Have Fun, Play Smart

MercyCare’s new service, Have Fun, Play Smart works with individuals, their families and communities who are affected by social gambling. This service is unique in that it has been developed specifically with people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Indigenous people in mind.

Manager Placed Based Services Anjali Mukand said we are aiming to overcome cultural and language barriers in order to equip people with knowledge and strategies that will help them to set healthy boundaries as well as to assist in avoiding social gambling situations and reducing problem gambling behavior.

This service will work with clients using art therapy, music and dance and one-on-one support as well as community education, social inclusion and group diversionary activities in Mirrabooka and surrounding suburbs.

If you or someone you know is affected by issues around gambling or for further information about Have Fun, Play Smart please contact Brenda on 9344 2468.

Have Fun, Play Smart is possible thanks to the Department for Communities and the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor’s Beyond Gambling Grants program.