South Eastern Community Connect Inc

A not-for-profit, community-based organisation providing engagement, homework, youth work and parenting services to young people and families across Sydney

Who we are

South Eastern Community Connect (SECC) is a not-for-profit community-based organisation with a 40+ year history of providing community engagement programs and services.

Where we operate

Sydney: City, Inner South, Eastern Suburbs, Inner South West, Inner West, North Sydney, Hornsby, North Beaches, Outer South West, Outer West, Blue Mountains, Parramatta, Ryde, South West, Sutherland, Baulkham Hills, Hawkesbury, Blacktown

Who we can help

Primary students, secondary students, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students

What we do

SECC provides case management, engagement programs, youth work, parenting programs and homework support to young people and families. SECC’s services are designed to target particular needs as well as improve general wellbeing and student engagement. Our staff are experienced and fully qualified.

Engagement or Re-engagement Services

SECC’s experienced adolescent team can provide a range of engagement support services to young people aged 12 to 18 years, including:

  • therapeutic groups such as expressive art, drumming workshops
  • recreational programs such as life skills, short film making.

All of our student engagement programs for secondary students are facilitated by qualified and experienced social workers and/or community workers. The time commitments for each student engagement service offered varies depending on the individual or school circumstances but are typically one hour per week for a term. Our programs target students who need support with engagement and can be offered both inside and out of school hours. These can include: expressive art, life skills, anger management, African drumming etc. The programs can be tailored to meet identified needs but also aim to enhance student’s wellbeing and engagement and empower students with emotional regulation techniques.

Costs: Costings are dependent on the type of service requested, the school needs, number of participants and resources. Typically therapeutic groups conducted in-school are charged at a weekly fee for the term which includes resources and facilitator costs. It is approximately $150 per session for ten students.

Homework and Tutorial Support Services

SECC offers a homework mentoring program for young people aged 12 to 18 years. The 12-month program matches students with volunteer mentors who can assist them with their educational goals. Our homework support programs are overseen by our adolescent and family workers who work alongside trained volunteers and  provide individual mentorship to students. Volunteers are screened and trained for suitability prior to engaging in the program. The program is typically offered either in-school or at an agreed and approved location such as the SECC office or a public library. Students are asked to commit one hour a week towards the program each term, with the aim of continuing the program for 12 months.

Costs: Costings are dependent on the type of service requested, the student needs, number of participants and resources. The homework mentoring program is charged per student / per term and is dependent on student circumstances and support needs.

Youth Work Services

Our case management program assists young people who may need intensive support to get back on track or access specialist support. It covers issues such as family breakdown, accommodation, education, training, school engagement, employment, court support, general health, mental health, Centrelink, social support, advocacy and more. Case management support is offered to individual students in need of additional support and can be delivered either in school or offsite depending on preference.

Costs: Case management fees are negotiated depending on the student’s circumstances and support needs.

Parenting Programs

SECC provides parenting information sessions and workshops for primary school aged families and is accredited to facilitate a range of evidence-based parenting programs. Our experienced facilitators are qualified early childhood educators, community workers and case workers. Programs are typically provided to small groups of up to 20 parents at the school at a time convenient to parents such as after hours or at weekends. Programs have varying time commitments and are typically run across a number of weeks so parents and guardians can learn skills, practice them and seek ongoing clarification. Programs include:

  • Triple P
    This can be conducted as either a four week group session or as three seminars. It provides parents with strategies for a diverse range of parent/child issues such as good communication, appropriate behaviour, discipline, ground rules and building positive relationships with your children.
  • Triple P Stepping Stones
    This aims to support parents of children with additional needs.
  • 123 Magic
    This program aims to support parents to learn how to help children develop empathy, resilience and self-control, through using the day to day experiences of the child.
  • Wise Choice Kids
    This program supports parents to understand the nature of discipline and get better results with less effort and stress when dealing with children’s difficult behaviour.

Costs: Costings are dependent on the type of service requested, school needs, number of participants and resources They are negotiated with the school directly. Typically $80 per hour, plus program resources.

Contact details

Ashleigh Daines

dceo@secc.sydney

(02) 8338 8506

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