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Hunter Prelude

131 Northcote St

Kurri Kurri, NSW 2327


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Hunter Prelude is delighted to host the Now and Next program for families and carers of young children. Now and Next is a free initiative funded by the NSW Govt. and delivered by Plumtree.

The Now and Next group program helps parents and carers develop skills to achieve positive outcomes for their child, family and self. Participants choose outcomes and work towards them with new clarity and purpose. Now and Next is family centred, based on strengths and takes account of how adults like to learn.

Program overview

The program is delivered in eight sessions of 2.5 hours held over 8 weeks. Through fun and engaging activities, you will:

  • Identify a vision and write goals for your child, family and self.

  • Learn how to use our 'goal to action' strategy to achieve your 3 goals during the program;

  • Learn to apply the principles and tools of positive psychology to achieve better outcomes for your child, family and self;

  • Reflect on your child, personal and family strengths using the Now and Next Mindfulness colouring in book;

  • Identify your signature strengths and how to use them to achieve positive outcomes;

  • Learn how to create positive relationships with professionals;

  • Learn how to improve your child, family and personal well-being;

  • Use an iPad to create a personalised e-book that documents your progress.

Build a network of support

Past participants have greatly valued the group setting that brings together families raising children with a developmental delay or disability. A first of its kind in Australia, this parent led, evidence-based program:

  • Provides a safe environment where families can openly share their stories;

  • Builds new relationships and a network of support;

  • Enables families to learn about new strategies and ideas from each other;

  • Empowers and inspires families to “get in the driver’s seat” and take charge of their journey.

Join us

Sessions: Thursday 3rd May to Thursday 21st June, 11:30am to 2pm

Register your expression of interest through Eventbrite and you will then be contacted by a staff member to discuss this program and confirm your attendance.

Families need to commit to attend all 8 sessions.

For more information, please contact:

Plumtree: Melo Kalemkeridis E.

Hunter Prelude: Jodine Barry Ph. 0438 307 436

The Now and Next program has been developed by Sylvana Mahmic (CEO, Plumtree) and Dr Annick Janson (Clinical Psychologist and Positive Psychology Researcher) both of whom are parents of young men who have a disability. They developed this program because they learnt that a positive vision and a focus on strengths is the best foundation for your child and family’s future.

Over 260 participants have completed this award winning program in the past 18 months.

Watch this 6 minute clip about family experiences of the Now and Next program.

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Child-Care not available on this occasion. Please do not bring your child/children.

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