Introducing our Connected Families Intensive Family Support Service
All families experience challenges as they move through the different stages of their lives. Sometimes, things can become a little too tough.
At Connected Families, we support you and your family as you go through these difficult times.
We work with you to manage and improve your family relationships and communication, your children’s behaviours and how your teenagers deal with the issues they face. We also support you with managing household routines and maintenance, family budgeting and your family members’ health and wellbeing.
We can help you and your family ‘navigate the system’ of support services that are available to you.
We can also help you increase your family’s social connections, as well as links with community resources, so that you are equipped to face family challenges in the future.
Would my family be eligible for support through Connected Families?
Your family is eligible for support if there are family members up to 18 years of age,there are multiple and complex needs within the family, no child in the family is currently being supported by Child Safety and family members would benefit from intensive and specialist services.
Your family is also eligible if a lack of support means that a child in the family could come within the child protection system.
How do I start the process of support?
You and your family can be referred to Connected Families by a school principal, health professional, Child Safety worker, community-based support worker, relative or member of the public.
Can I refer my family for support?
Yes, you or your family can self-refer to us for support at any time.
Seeking your consent
Participation in our service is voluntary. We explain how we can support your family and you decide if you would like to accept that support.
Can my family withdraw from the service?
Yes, you and your family can withdraw from Connected Families at any time.
How does Connected Families work?
Once your family has been referred to us for support, one of our case workers contacts you to arrange an introductory discussion. This can be held in your home or at one of our offices. Together, we work out what kinds of support your family needs and the best way to provide these.
There are many ways in which we support you
Through Connected Families, we can provide you with practical in-home support, help with parenting skills and family relationships, advice and therapeutic guidance, links to other specialist services and material aid in emergencies.
A range of groups is also available for parents and children.
We support you when you need us most
We fit in with your family schedules and support you at the times you most need a hand. This can be during busy morning and evening routines and when you are free from work.
Where will you work with me to give me support?
Most of our work is done in your home, at times that suit you and your family. We can also use other spaces for individual counselling, family work and group activities.
Is Connected Families available in my area?
Connected Families is available in the areas surrounding Goodna and Ipswich, Esk in the Somerset Region and Gatton in the Lockyer Valley.
South West Queensland
Our service covers the areas surrounding Toowoomba, Warwick, Goondiwindi and Yarraman, as well as Withcott below the Toowoomba range.
Working in partnership
At Mercy Community Services, we value our partnerships with local organisations.
In Greater Ipswich, we are proud to deliver the Connected Families service with our three partner organisations, the Domestic Violence Action Centre, the Kummara Association and the Ipswich Independent Youth Service.
In South West Queensland, we work closely with local services to ensure that you and your family receive the support you need.
Contact us to find out more ... we'd love to hear from you!
Mercy Community Services Greater Ipswich
15 Church Street Goodna
P 3280 8000
225 Brisbane Street Ipswich
P 3437 2495
Mercy Community Services South West Queensland
104 South Street Toowoomba
113 Percy Street Warwick
P 4617 7600