Being on the receiving end of Domestic and Family Violence can have a severe impact on emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. Prolonged exposure can affect a person’s self-esteem and their ability to make decisions and manage day to day living. Breaking the cycle of Domestic and Family Violence is one aspect to helping the families that come to SunnyKids. Another aspect is to work with families and communities to help everyone take responsibility for their own future. ..
Tiny Tots is one of the programmes provided by SunnyKids, it allows children and their Mums a space once a week where they can interact and play together away from the pressures of recent crisis, safety and housing challenges. Sometimes in the midst of crisis the moment by moment connections between kids and their parents can be overlooked and as a result a gap in development can be unwittingly forged. Tiny Tots aims to bridge that gap...
Family relationships can sometimes be the most difficult to manage and the effect that the disharmony can have on children can be devastating. There are so many complex aspects to intergenerational relationships and it's usually the children who suffer as a result of unresolved issues. ..
Every week the SunnyKids team meet families that have had experiences that are traumatic, heart-breaking and sometimes incomprehensible for those of us who live seemingly privileged lives in which we have somewhere to sleep, food to eat and clothes to wear that are suitable for the season. ..
“Jenny” a mum with 4 young boys came to the SunnyKids refuge “Najidah” after experiencing significant Domestic Violence at home. Jenny knew of Najidah because of her sons’ engagement with the SunnyKids in Schools program (SKIS). ..
Recently we met ‘Linda’ - a Mum with 5 children who needed help because she had no food for her family. Thankfully we were able to organise short-term emergency food relief. With her presenting crisis need met, we were able to spend more time with Mum to explore why she had no money for food in the first place. As it turned out, Mum and her 5 kids had fled the family home over 2 months prior due to Domestic & Family Violence. Since then they had been doing what they could to survive including sleeping rough with little food and no real shelter from day to day. ..
It is that time of year again… School holidays! Sometimes it feels like the time the kids are at home outweighs the time they are in the classroom! Holidays are a great time (if you can get some time off too) to bond with your children and enjoy discovering and experiencing new things together. The time you invest in your children now is an investment in their future wellbeing and your relationship. Doing activities, seeing films and exploring your home town are great ways to create strong bonds, and ensure that your child feels valued and secure in their worth. ..