Tiger smiles and snags at our first ParentsNext community BBQ


13 January 2017

photograph of Jafar wearing tiger face paint
Jafar the smiley tiger

About 50 families attended the Brotherhood’s first ParentsNext community barbeque in Craigieburn this week.

Parents and children came along from all three areas where we operate the project in Melbourne’s outer north – Craigieburn, Broadmeadows and Sunbury.

It was a chance to get together and have fun, and to give children who are about to head to school education packs, loaded with stationery supplies to get them through the school year.

Photograph of Aisha with her family
Aisha shows off her education pack, with Jamil, Badr and Mum, Sandra.

Among the thank-you texts after the barbecue was this one, which summed up the sentiment of the day. “Thank you for today. Me and the kids had an awesome day. Well done to the team for doing an amazing job”

Photo of parents and adults enjoying the sausages
Lamia with Mark, Melissa and Isabelle who are enjoying a sausage. Nicole and Carmel at their service

ParentsNext Manager Victoria Haggerston says there will most definitely be more community BBQs.

“It‘s such a great opportunity to get members of the community together and see the children all interacting and getting along, out in the sunshine,” she said.

Ms Haggerston said the project works with parents to identify their education and career goals, helping them to plan and prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age.

If you would like to know more, contact ParentsNext Manager, Victoria Haggerston on 0439 730 160, email victoria.haggerston(at)bsl.org.au or visit our ParentsNext page.

Photo of Maryam wearing glitter facepaint
Maryam pulls off the pink glitter nose with flair.

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