We are here to help
We all need a little help sometimes. SunnyKids has several innovative programs that make a real difference in our community – every day.
Cooroy Family Support Centre partners with the Department of Child Safety Youth and Women to deliver counselling and support to victims of Domestic and Family Violence for the Noosa Hinterland Region.
Whether you need information, a little bit of support or you are concerned for your safety – we know how and where to get the information and support that you need. Our team will listen and connect you with information, support and resources. We can provide women and their children experiencing Domestic and Family Violence with access to:
- Counselling and Guidance
- Domestic and Family Violence Crisis Accommodation
- Safety Planning & Safety Upgrades to your Home
- Support to Plan for the Future
- Support for you and your Children as a Parent
Cooroy Family Support Centre is open Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm.
You can call us to schedule an appointment on (07) 5447-7747 Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm.
Since 1999 we have been accommodating and supporting women and their children who are homeless as a result of domestic and family violence. In partnership with the Queensland State Government, we provide 24/7 emergency accommodation and assist families and children to move on and rebuild their lives. Every year our refuges are full (other than for cleaning and maintenance). In FY18 this resulted in the provision of well in excess of 8,000 nights of accommodation.
Cooroy Family Support Centre has limited opportunities to provide strategic family support programs to assist families with securing the 5 key areas for wellbeing: Safe and Nurturing Relationships; Economic Stability; Access to good Healthcare; Success in Education; and Cultural Connectedness. The University of the Sunshine Coast Outreach Clinics are based at the Centre to provide therapeutic counselling support.
SunnyKids Village Buddies matches screened and trained volunteers (Big Buddies) with children and young people (Little Buddies) who have a need for another positive adult in their life. Village Buddies utilises low key activities such as kicking a footy, reading, going to the park etc. to create opportunities for Big and Little Buddies to get to know each other, build self-esteem and confidence. From time to time we have group activities with other Big and Little Buddies too. Click the I need a Buddy Button to register your interest and we will get back to you about current opportunities for taking on new “Little Buddies” and “Big Buddies” too.
SunnyKids in Schools (SKIS) is an adaptable solution for schools that enables customised support for those children identified by the school as needing support in a wide range of ways. We provide partner schools on the Sunshine Coast and families with the resilience and relationship building resources needed to re-engage and support children and their families. Programs include:
Prioritised Referral program:
Our prioritised referral program enables fast, yearlong access to the 200+ community services within the SunnyKids Virtual Village. Our proven model focuses on economic stability, engaged education, health care, safe and nurturing relationships and cultural connectedness. We’ll work with your school, students and families to understand the symptoms and resolve the cause of the issues. Each partner school receives ten referrals per year and refers the cases they want to refer without having to reach particular thresholds of risk before students and families can get help. Whilst we can accept crisis referrals the program works best for schools by referring children early before issues become too complex. In general a school will refer more crisis cases at the beginning of working with us – but our proven model reduces that over time.
Student Support Services Capacity Builder:
The SunnyKids team has decades of experience and connections to every service on the Sunshine Coast. Our Capacity Builder program will provide you and or your team with a dedicated professional to attend your student support meetings and provide your team with an external perspective, plus connect you with our 200+ other service providers. Together we will build the required support service network around your school, students and staff.
Mentoring Through Sport (MTS):
MTS is an 8-week withdrawal from class program involving high profile sporting mentors such as former Australian Heavyweight Boxing Champ “Awesome” Bobby Wilson and the Brisbane Broncos. Mentors engage with vulnerable students (selected by our host schools), teach self-discipline and help increase self-esteem. Our Mentors are supported by SunnyKids Frontline Workers who work closely with participating students. At the conclusion of the program (and within the confines of privacy laws), SunnyKids provide guidance to the school regarding any issues the program has brought to light with the group and or individual students.
We’d love to hear from you about any one or any combination of the SunnyKids in Schools Programs, to find out more just click “I NEED MORE INFO”
Call SunnyKids on 07 5479 0394
Office hours: Mon to Fri from 8:30 am till 4:30 pm.
We are often busy helping people so sometimes you may need to leave a message for someone to call you back. Alternatively, you can Email SunnyKids with a general request.
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