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#1 canberra_netball

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:35 AM


Edited by canberra_netball, 09 November 2013 - 06:27 AM.

#2 crayons

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:44 AM

I can't remember the name of the organisation but when I was little my intellectually disabled sister was looked after a couple of hours a month by a family so that we could have a break. It was some sort of respite service and as a kid I really appreciated the time alone with my parents. Maybe you could look at something like that.

#3 ~4's enough 4 me~

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:23 PM

You could maybe try contacting marymead. I think they do things like that, if not they may be able to point you in the right direction.

#4 Frau

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

I agree with PPs- perhaps volunteer through an agency like Marymead or Banardos, Smith Family etc. There is also a womens refuge called Beryl Women where a service like you are offering may be of great use (not sure really, just a thought, you could contact them).  

#5 FuzzyMum

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

Agree with others by going through an organisation. It's a great idea however you do need to just ensure that you have some form of protection should you be injured while working.

#6 whatnamenow

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

What bout a parent-aide program?  parent aide programs try to match families going through a rough time with someone experienced who can give help/support etc....  You could also see if your local hospital outpatients has a babysitting service.  i know at the RCH in brisbane they have a play area set up in outpatients with lovely ladies who help entertain the kids while they wait for appointments.

Or approach Ronald McDonald House if you have one in canberra.  Offer to babysit siblings while mum either is sitting by the hospital bed or if she could have a night off.  Or even again offer as a once a month thing with group craft activities for kids, trust me the mums will appreciate it.

#7 Delillah1

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

QUOTE (sparklyredfish @ 12/01/2013, 10:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I can't remember the name of the organisation but when I was little my intellectually disabled sister was looked after a couple of hours a month by a family so that we could have a break. It was some sort of respite service and as a kid I really appreciated the time alone with my parents. Maybe you could look at something like that.


#8 rob6712col

Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

Great Idea!!  You could also talk to the multiple birth association (www.carmba.org.au) as they have been trying to set this type of help up for families of new twins or triplets, particulary those without any family support.  Sometimes someone to look after the bubbas whilst mum has a shower or runs to the shop is an absolute godsend. Good on you for even thinking of it.

#9 Fairey

Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

I don't live in Canberra nor do I have any helpful tips on ways to go about your offer.

BUT ~ I did want to tell you this:

That's such a beautiful thing you're willing to do for people. Well done you original.gif

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