community hub

We have a centrally located Community Hub where our team of Case Workers, Community Development Officers, Youth Workers, Children and Family Case Workers and Client Support Specialists are available to assist clients with the various challenges of life.

 

We believe in a society where all individuals have the opportunity to participate and enhance their quality of life.

For more information on any of the below services please call us on 02 9727 4333 during office hours or email our reception on reception@cfs.asn.au.

We are located at 25 Barbara Street, Fairfield NSW 2165 and operate Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Case management

We assist and support families through case management and direct support:

 

  • Home Visits

  • Advice and Referrals

  • Co-ordination of Services

  • Direct Support

  • Informal Counselling

Families referred for services may be experiencing one or more of the following vulnerabilities including:

  • Lack of social or extended family support

  • Parenting difficulty managing children

  • Financial difficulties or poverty

  • Illness including mental health issues

  • Cultural barriers for new migrants

  • Homelessness

  • Women (and their children) leaving violent relationships

For Case Management Support referrals from other services please complete the CFS Referral form and email it to referrals@cfs.asn.au

emergency relief and food hampers

In partnership with Wesley Mission we offer emergency relief food vouchers for families and individuals who have experienced hardship due to unexpected bills, job loss. leaving relationship violence, loss of accommodation or other life emergencies.

Our staff hold assessments for eligibility every Monday from 9am - 11am.

Documents required for assessment include:

  • Centrelink statement

  • Bank statement

  • Any unpaid or overdue bills

Food hampers are generously donated to us from OzHarvest.

 

To be eligible for a food hamper please contact reception to register interest.

Food hampers are given out twice a week.

service referrals

Where we cannot assist you we always offer you with a referral to a trusted service that can.

Service referrals include but are not limited to:

  • Counselling Services

  • Domestic Violence Services

  • Employment Training Programmes

  • Meal Services

WORK DEVELOPMENT ORDERS

Our staff are able to complete capacity building programs with people who have received fines. These can include train fines, speeding fines and court fines. This program is designed as an alternative option to pay off fines for those who cannot otherwise pay them. They will be able to reduce and or eliminate their fines through tailored workshops, mentoring sessions or volunteering.

Clients need to be assessed for eligibility.

Big Steps

Targeting families and children, this program aims to promote early childhood learning by building capacity for school readiness, creating opportunities to develop community engagement and social skills through sporting activities. This project supports emerging communities and migrant families to enhance their parenting skills through a co-design program that incorporates evidence based practices. The three pillars of the Big Steps Project are:

 

Big Schools, Big Minds – A 20 week school readiness program for children aged 4 – 6 years old residing in the following areas: Carramar, Fairfield East, Old Guildford, Villawood and Yennora

 

I Can Do This Parenting Program – A 6 week consultation based parenting program for parents with children aged 0 – 12 years residing in the following areas: Carramar, Fairfield East, Old Guildford, Villawood and Yennora

 

Get Stronger Get Smarter – A 10 week soccer program for children aged 6 – 12 years residing in the following areas: Carramar, Fairfield East, Old Guildford, Villawood and Yennora.

employment support

Community First Step has joined forces with Matchworks to launch and deliver an Employment Support program to the Fairfield and surround communities.

Area’s in which we can support you in are:

  • Resume Help

  • Career Advice

  • Job Placement

  • Volunteering

  • Further Education

  • Transition to work

  • Support

Every Monday 11am to 1pm at our Community Hub, 25 Barbara Street, Fairfield.

Please note bookings are essential.

Download flyer for more information.

form filling

Our multi-lingual team speaks various community languages and is able to assist in filling out forms  that may be causing stress and anxiety to new arrivals, and those trying to navigate complex systems such as Centrelink and MyGov.

Forms which we can assist with include:

Centrelink forms including Housing, Disability , Carer Allowance, Rent subsidy, Income and Assets forms, Pension applications and more. ​ 

We can also assist with other forms such as school applications and rental property applications. 

Please note we do not assist with VISA or Immigration forms.

As many of these forms are complex we advice appointments be made to avoid long waits.

parenting programs

We  run Parenting Programs to assist families to develop knowledge and strategies to build positive behaviours in children and promote positive family relationships.

 

The parenting programs we run are:

  •  Parents Under Pressure

  • Tuning Into Children

  • 123 Magic

programs in schools

Our team runs various programs in schools which can be tailored to the specific cohort. These programs include:

  • RAGE (Renegotiating Angry and Guilty Emotions

  • GRASP (Group for Raising Awareness of Suicide and Prevention)

  • School Suspension Program

  • Mental Health and Well-being programs specifically for newly arrived migrants and refugess.

NEw Steps

Targeting families, community capacity building and social inclusion, this project supports emerging communities and migrant families to better engage with their children’s development and preparedness during childhood and beyond. It aims to build resilience in children and parents to overcome disadvantage and better cope with life transitions. The three pillars of New Steps are:

 

Direct Support – Receive one on one support to help parents develop positive and secure relationships with their children and learn new techniques for parenting.

 

Offered to families and caregivers with children aged 0 – 12 years in the following areas: Carramar, Fairfield East, Fairfield Heights, Fairfield West, Fairfield, Old Guildford, Smithfield West, Smithfield, Villawood, Wetherill Park and Yennora  

 

Social Inclusion Program – A 7 week consultation based social group for parents with children aged 0 – 12 years residing in the following areas: Carramar, Fairfield East, Fairfield Heights, Fairfield West, Fairfield, Old Guildford, Smithfield West, Smithfield, Villawood, Wetherill Park and Yennora  

 

Parenting Workshops – A 6 week  capacity building workshops delivered using evidence based programs such as Tuning Into Kids  and /or 123 Magic  for parents  and care givers with children aged 0 – 12 years residing in the following areas: Carramar, Fairfield East, Fairfield Heights, Fairfield West, Fairfield, Old Guildford, Smithfield West, Smithfield, Villawood, Wetherill Park and Yennora  

 

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02 9727 4333
25 Barbara Street Fairfield NSW 2165
We wish to acknowledge the custodians of the land upon which our offices and work is conducted, the Cabrogal people of the Darug nation and their Elders past and present. 
We are a safe space for people from all walks of lives, religions, creeds, ethnic backgrounds and orientations.

ACN: 89 63 002 318 603 | ABN: 63 002 318 603