Family support focus of fabulous fun day

A FESTIVAL atmosphere enabled families to relax as they learned about services available in the Manning Valley to assist them to support their family during challenging situations.

Yesterday (April 15) more than 1200 people enjoyed the sunshine in Fotheringham Park in Taree for the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day.

Local family support service providers set-up stalls, craft and outdoor activities to entertain children to provide the parents with the time and opportunity to meet and talk with local service providers about what services may be useful to their family.

Family referral service team leader, Mykol Paulson said the family fun day was "a warm way for people to meet, relate and engage with local service providers."

"It's a one-stop shop event and a relaxed way for families to see what services are available to them. For whatever reason, some people may not feel comfortable approaching services in their community or may not even know what is out there so this event creates opportunity for connection, as they are just another family among many, browsing stalls in a local park.

"The initial conversations with staff are warm and people can be easily referred to another service if it can better meet the needs of their family. Our family referral service staff are here to listen and then support families to access assistance."

Hundreds of children were spoilt for choice as the range of entertainment and activities included Troppo Bob, a story corner hosted by Greater Taree City Council library, face painting, beading, necklace making, badge making, giant snakes and ladders, an enormous jumping castle provided by the YMCA Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre and access to a fire engine.

Services represented at the fun day included the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service, Mission Australia, Catholic Care, Manning Support Services, About Inclusion, Women's and Children's Refuge, Communities for Children, Biripi Aboriginal Childcare Services, YMCA Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre, NSW Fire Brigade, Burran Dalai Aboriginal Corporation, Biripi Medical Centre, Childcare Services Taree and District and Greater Taree City Council.

For further information about the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service call toll-free 1300 006 480.

A giant game of snakes and ladders delighted Cooper, Fletcher and Oscar Holt and Sam Eggins at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

A giant game of snakes and ladders delighted Cooper, Fletcher and Oscar Holt and Sam Eggins at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

Face painting delighted Ruby and Marley Marriott at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

Face painting delighted Ruby and Marley Marriott at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

A box of bright crayons at a craft table delighted Willow Christiansen, Eva-Lafaye Christiansen, Seth Christiansen and Amanda Bevan at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

A box of bright crayons at a craft table delighted Willow Christiansen, Eva-Lafaye Christiansen, Seth Christiansen and Amanda Bevan at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

Cooking for crowds at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree was Jason Newport, Bert Bennett, Jarrad Paltram and Leo Fransen.

Cooking for crowds at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree was Jason Newport, Bert Bennett, Jarrad Paltram and Leo Fransen.

Starry smiles from Lauren O'Berg and Bella Manewell.

Starry smiles from Lauren O'Berg and Bella Manewell.

Fabulous firemen Scott Bussey and Daniel Marriott help Eric and Myesha Dumas and Ezekiel and Kyeema Saunders try-on uniforms at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

Fabulous firemen Scott Bussey and Daniel Marriott help Eric and Myesha Dumas and Ezekiel and Kyeema Saunders try-on uniforms at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

Chloe and Zara Cameron, Kelsey James and Sharon Cochrane work carefully to create a beautiful beaded necklace at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

Chloe and Zara Cameron, Kelsey James and Sharon Cochrane work carefully to create a beautiful beaded necklace at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

Around 1200 people visited Fotheringham Park in Taree to attend the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day.

Around 1200 people visited Fotheringham Park in Taree to attend the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day.

Pressing shapes from playdo delighted delighted Fiona and Diona Sunil.

Pressing shapes from playdo delighted delighted Fiona and Diona Sunil.

You've got to hand-it to Jade Hannaford and Jessica Lawford - they are a creative duo.

You've got to hand-it to Jade Hannaford and Jessica Lawford - they are a creative duo.

Alex Lewis and Fletcher Jobson dabbled in paint to create colourful eggs at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

Alex Lewis and Fletcher Jobson dabbled in paint to create colourful eggs at the Mid North Coast Family Referral Service Family Fun Day in Taree.

Chloe Bromfield turned Archer Lambert into a super-hero with a pot of paint. The transformation was keenly observed by Grace Lambert.

Chloe Bromfield turned Archer Lambert into a super-hero with a pot of paint. The transformation was keenly observed by Grace Lambert.

Leah Gibson, Brittany Gosbell and Helen Gibson enjoyed a crunchy red delicious apple.

Leah Gibson, Brittany Gosbell and Helen Gibson enjoyed a crunchy red delicious apple.

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