The Children’s Resource Program for the Loddon Mallee Region sits with LOMA. The Children’s Resource Program Coordinator provides a networking and resourcing role for homelessness assistance services. The program provides a systemic regional response; advocating for structural reform and improved resources for accompanying children in addition to highlighting service gaps and improving access to services.
The Children’s Resource Program has been successful in attracting philanthropic funding for a children’s brokerage program and a Creative Arts Therapy program called Play Connect. The Department of Human Services funded children’s brokerage program is also administered by the Children’s Resource Worker. Information about all of these programs can be found below.
Children's Brokerage Program
LOMA provides educational brokerage funding for children to homelessness assistance services in the Loddon Mallee Region. LOMA acknowledges and thanks the R E Ross Trust for their ongoing funding and support with this program.
LOMA also manages and distributes the Department of Human Services children's brokerage funding for the Loddon Mallee Region. The guidelines for this program can be downloaded here. There is a new form in line with the SHIP database to fill out for this brokerage and it is submitted to Julie Maggs.
New DHS form available for email use
Play Connect is a group Creative Arts Therapy program for women and their children aged 0-5 who have experienced family violence or homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. Play Connect uses the arts and play in building on the relationship between mother and child after trauma/difficulty. Play Connect is unique because:
* It is a therapeutic program rather than an educational or parenting program
Groups are predominantly run in Bendigo and Kyneton but can be run in other towns when there are sufficient referrals.
Children's Program Publications and Resources: