Woodville Alliance Limited

A not-for-profit organisation providing school refusal services, parenting and youth work programs for young people and families across Sydney.

Who we are

Woodville Alliance is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation based in Fairfield and Auburn which works closely with CALD communities. We use evidence-based prevention and early intervention to support school engagement, resilience and mental health and wellbeing.

Where we operate

Sydney: Inner South West, South West, Outer South West, Parramatta, Ryde, Auburn, Merrylands, Guildford.

Who we can help

Primary students, secondary students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, refugee students, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, parents and carers.

What we do

Our qualified social workers and case workers specialise in evidence-based programs and case management for school age children and their families. Using a strengths-based approach, we work in partnership with schools, parents and carers to improve engagement and address disadvantage.

School Refusal Services

We provide one-on one-casework either at schools or at our office. Upon referral, each young person undergoes a thorough assessment. We tailor our services based on the key risk indicators that contribute to disengagement from school. These can include: trauma, poor literacy, family connection and physical health. We provide 'wrap around' support which is tailored to the individual strengths and needs of the client. This involves placing the client and their family at the centre of the engagement plan and collaborating to ensure their goals are meaningful and achievable. Following assessment and consultation with the school, the young person takes part in group work and individual case work.

We provide qualified social workers and case workers who work with children and young people. We can also facilitate group work and run evidence-based programs on specific issues. The time frame of the program depends on the assessment and the individual needs. We offer weekly or fortnightly sessions initially with the opportunity to move to monthly as we transition the young person out of the program. Group programs are generally one hour sessions, each week, for a term,

Costs: Some programs are free while other are fee-for-service depending on the specific program, location and demographics. Please contact us for more information. Typically case work starts at $65 an hour, plus travel

Youth Work

We offer a number of evidence-based programs delivered by qualified staff with psychology, social work or social science backgrounds. All of our programs have minimum and maximum participant requirements. All groups will require supervision support from the school. These programs can be run in school time, after school or offsite. We can also provide one-on-one case work. Our specific programs include:

  • DRUMBEAT
    This program uses African drums to help participants discover relationships using music. We discuss beliefs, emotions, attitudes and thoughts and like to finish with a performance. It involves ten one-hour sessions at $150 per session.
  • Seasons for Growth
    In this program children and young people participate in discussions using seasons as the metaphor to work through grief, loss or significant change. The program involves eight 45 minute each week for four to seven participants.
  • Love Bites
    This program involves two interactive workshops focusing on respectful relationships. Participant numbers to be negotiated.
  • The Friends
    Weekly sessions to provide education around social skills, positivity and resilience. It involves 10 weekly sessions of one hour. Numbers are flexible but a maximum of 12 is preferred.
  • Cool Kids
    A skills-based program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage anxiety. Numbers are flexible depending on the participants. It can be delivered through one-on-one session or in small groups or families. It typically involves ten 90-minute, weekly sessions.

Costs: Some programs are free while other are fee-for-service depending on the specific program, location and demographics. Please contact us for more information. Typically case work starts at $65 an hour, plus travel.

Parenting Programs

We offer a range of evidence-based parenting programs which are delivered by qualified staff who have psychology, social work or social science backgrounds. Most programs need a minimum of 6 and maximum of 15 participants. Smaller groups can be organised when interpreters are required.

  • Circle of Security
    This program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened through attachment theory. Includes five two-hour sessions.
  • 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching
    This program give parents of 2 to 12 year-old children a range of skills to better manage difficult behavior. Consists of three two-hour sessions.
  • Tuning in to Kids and Teens
    A parenting program that gives parents helpful ways of teaching children the skills of emotional intelligence. It also covers the changes of an adolescent’s brain. Includes five two-hour sessions. The program teaches parents:
    • awareness and regulation of their own and their children’s emotions
    • how to use children’s emotional experiences as an opportunity for closeness and teaching
    • how to assist children in problem-solving.
  • The Abecedarian Approach
    This program integrates basic principles of human learning and development into a fun and effective approach to early childhood education. The Abecedarian approach is ideally run through a play group or a longer-term transition to school program.

Costs: Some programs are free while other are fee-for-service depending on the specific program, location and demographics. Please contact us for more information. Typically case work starts at $65 an hour, plus travel.

Contacts

Kylie Mackie

kmackie@woodville.org.au

02 9724 3807

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