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The newly opened Child and Family Wellbeing Hub in Grafton offers new parents and young families additional support and programs during the important early years of a child’s life. Image: contributed.

New hub providing local families with more support

Emma Pritchard

 During the first five years of a child’s life, their parents and guardians will watch them grow faster than any other stage.
It’s a time of joy, love and happiness, and for some people, a time of stress, uncertainty and second guessing.
To provide the growing number of Clarence Valley families with additional support during the early years with their little ones, a new Child and Family Wellbeing Hub has recently been opened in Grafton.
Delivered as part of the First 2000 Days project which is a unique collaboration between the Northern NSW Local Health District, Healthy North Coast, Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation and Tresillian Family Care Centres, the hub aims to provide local families with a safe place to connect and to support parents during the first years of their child’s life, which are the most precious.
The hub provides a range of services under one roof including antenatal classes, parent groups and supported playgrounds and numerous programs designed to offer special support to parents who are experiencing challenges during the early years.
The first five years of a child’s life are a crucial period to invest in their future health and wellbeing and the hub focuses on offering local families the convenience of additional and supportive services from the one location.
The facility was officially opened on November 4 by Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and is located at 18-26, Victoria Street, Grafton.
The facility is open for drop in visits between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis spoke during the official opening of the facility on November 4. Image: contributed.