Since 2011 this award-winning mentoring and family support program has worked in partnership with Cockatoo Primary School to help young people who are struggling. The goal is to build community by helping families and young people navigate through the most difficult parts of their lives and to equip them to make healthy and constructive life choices.
HCSI includes three programs:
2XL is the mentoring component where children from Foundation to Grade 6 meet with a trained mentor where they undertake a project and are then joined later by their carers or parents to have a community meal with the mentor. Around 90 people sit down to a meal together each week during term.
Jitterbugs are playgroups for the parents of 0 to 4 year olds in the Cockatoo community. There are two playgroups that run weekly with guest speakers from different agencies visiting regularly.
Finally Kmotion is an afterschool activity based program for primary aged children conducted over six week blocks each school term at St Luke’s Church in Cockatoo.
HCSI is funded by the Australian Government, through Anglicare Victoria.