ParentsNext goes to Yarrabilba

YFS’ ParentsNext program will offer employment preparation services for parents of young children in Yarrabilba every Monday, starting on the 6th of February.

After helping almost 400 Logan parents to improve their work readiness since it started back in April 2016, ParentsNext is expanding its work readiness service to residents of Yarrabilba on Mondays from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm.

YFS ParentsNext project manager Rachel Smith said YFS will operate the service from the Yarrabilba Community Hub.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer this service in a new location. We know there are many young families at Yarrabilba,” she said.

ParentsNext helps parents with young children prepare for future employment and gain confidence, skills and knowledge so they are ready to join the workforce by the time their children start school.

“The program is unique since it can work with parents over a long time to help them prepare for work and deal with any barriers in their lives,” Rachel said.

“We believe employment and education are really important for people to be truly independent and to participate actively in society,” she added.

ParentsNext welcomes eligible parents from the Yarrabilba area. Some parents are referred by Centrelink as a condition of receiving Parenting Payment; while others refer themselves to the program.

“Anyone with a child under six, who hasn’t worked for six months, can contact YFS ParentsNext to find out more about the service and get some help,” Ms Smith said.

“It may seem overwhelming when you have small children. We work with parents to help them understand the benefits that employment and education opportunities can bring into the family home,” she said.

“Parents we’ve helped move into work or training say they feel better about themselves; and they are happy to be good role models for their children by having these improvements in their lives,” she said.

YFS offers ParentsNext services by appointment at:

  • YFS – 376 Kingston Road, Slacks Creek
  • YFS’ offices Browns Plains- 2204/ 20-24 Commerce Drive, Browns Plains
  • Logan North Library Underwood
  • Yarrabilba Community Hub- Yarrabilba Drive, Yarrabilba

For more information call ParentsNext on (07) 38261 500 or visit our website: https://www.yfs.org.au/