Services & Activities

Through our Family Work programs family workers meet with families in their homes or at ‘the Cottage’ to work together on the issues facing the family. Family workers can also provide information about community or government resources that may assist families and can advocate for clients with government and non government businesses.

Families NSW Family Workers provide extra support for parents of children 0-5 and pregnant women in  Penrith & Blue Mountains areas from St Mary's to Woodford.

Child, youth and Family Programs provide family support in Penrith and the lower Mountains  as well as counseling and parent groups through the Gunedoo Project- Family Enrichment Service.

Brighter Futures Case Management and Family Work - GFS is a partner of the Blue Mountains Consortium which provides Case Management and Parenting support to families of children under 8 years of age who are experiencing significant parenting challenges which may place their children at risk - Blue Mountains

Jigsaw- Counseling for children 5-12 years. -Blue Mountains. This is fee for service.

Through our Parent Support Activities families can l join a parent group and gain knowledge, support and encouragement from both workers and group participants.  Gateway runs supported play groups at Blaxland, Warrimoo, Winmalee and in Katoomba runs the  Multicultural playgroup. community Hubs in the lower mountains and Winmalee help parents connect early with the school community and link them to the range of services and support for parenting.  through the 'It takes a village..' project - Gateway supports parents in early learning settings at Blackheath, Lawson, Winmalee and Penrith.                                                     

Through our Emergency Relief Programs families can be assisted with food and/or financial assistance and Christmas Hampers.

Eligibility: Food & Food Vouchers- priority to residents of BM LGA (Tues, Thurs & Friday)

$ Financial assistance- only available to residents of BM LGA (By appointment)


Through our Training Programs we provide support and information to Children's services which enable them to support vulnerable families.

" It takes a village. ." project which is funded by FAHCSIA provides support to a range of children's services.

This project has developed training resources which assist  these services to identify and support vulnerable families and link them to other community services.

Noticing Change in Children training is provided across the Blue Mountain and Penrith.

The training manual is available for purchase at $40 per copy 

Strengthening Families, Strengthening communities
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