Catholic groups keen to help mums

CatholicCare executive director Otto Henfling outside the unused building. Picture: Gene Ramirez

CatholicCare executive director Otto Henfling outside the unused building. Picture: Gene Ramirez

A VACANT aged-care building at Marayong will be given a new lease of life for younger generations.

Holy Family Services and CatholicCare Social Services have signed an agreement to work together to provide support services, including a youth and pregnancy program.

A Holy Family Services building not in use will be reconfigured to provide temporary accommodation and support to mums aged 16-25 involved with CatholicCare’s program.

Holy Family Services has lodged an application with Blacktown Council to convert a building that was part of the original aged care facility into four two-bedroom units to support young mothers and their children who escape domestic violence or homelessness.

‘‘There are five accommodation services for young mums across Sydney and a waiting list of 300,’’ CatholicCare executive director Otto Henfling said.

‘‘Holy Family Services approached us to work together and had a building available that could be turned into a family-friendly facility. We hope to take in up to 16 families in any given year.’’

Mums will learn childcare, nutrition, health and finance skills to give their child the best start in life.

‘‘Many haven’t had role models to teach them how change a nappy, bath a baby, budget and shop for their family,’’ Mr Henfling said.

‘‘We want them to make the transition to become independent and be part of the community.’’

The building will also a base for CatholicCare’s disability support group to give families respite.

It’s hoped the commercial kitchen can be used to deliver hospitality courses to give mums employment skills.

Holy Family Services wants to use the kitchen to provide a home care food delivery service to Marayong seniors who need support to stay in their homes.

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