Based in Fitzroy, the Connie Benn Centre is a family and children’s hub that offers support to those living in the local community.

Managed by Yarra City Council, the hub is a welcoming space for people from all cultural and social backgrounds.

The BSL community team is based at the centre and works in partnership with the City of Yarra to provide services and programs which support parents, children and young people.

Local mums participate in training for early childhood education.
Local mums participate in training for early childhood education.

Programs at the centre

The following programs are run from the Connie Benn Centre:

The Breakfast Club welcomes primary aged children and their families for the most important meal of the day, laying the foundations for better concentration and participation at school.

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These programs are for parents from a refugee and migrant background to learn new ways to parent, in particular how to recognise, understand and respond to their children’s emotions.

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HIPPY – the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters – is a free two-year early-learning program that empowers parents and carers to be their children’s first teacher in their homes.

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The Family Learning Support Program (FLSP) is a new service available to schools to re-engage students.

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The BSL After School Program utilise strengths-based and growth-mindset approaches to support primary school students in discovering an enjoyment and motivation for learning.

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A supported Playgroup and Home Visit Program Our playgroups offer a stimulating engagement opportunity for children and parents to make connections and learn together in a safe and culturally appropriate environment.

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Partners

  • ANZ
  • City of Yarra
  • Department of Social Services
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • GHD
  • The Flora and Frank Leith Charitable Trust
  • Knight Frank
  • Australia Post
  • Sacred Heart Primary School
  • Save the Children
  • Yarra Libraries
  • Yarra Youth & OSHC
  • Fitzroy Learning Network

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