Helping vulnerable families adopt healthy eating habits

Jen TurnerHealth & Wellbeing, Impact, News

Family Support Network

The Family Support Network (FSN) helps vulnerable families improve their life skills and how they interact with their children, with a focus on promoting healthier eating options through their workshops and supported playgroups.

Earlier in the year, a new kitchen was installed at FSN’s South Lismore centre, thanks to a NRCF Community Grant supported by the James Frizelle Charitable Foundation. Some staff also stepped up to help with the improvements, pooling their skills to successfully remove the old kitchen and paint and prepare the space for installation of new appliances, including a new oven, cooktop, fridge and microwave.

The larger, safer and more functional space will benefit their playgroups, baby groups and parenting classes, with the new kitchen allowing FSN to educate children and parents on the benefits of healthy eating and continue to provide families who attend with delicious and healthy food.

Their first Healthy Lunchbox Workshop was held in February with 20 parents, carers and children attending. These workshops are designed to encourage interaction and play between the children and parents. A NSW Health Promotions Officer presents information and demonstrations on lunchbox ideas and keeping food fresh while at school.

FSN operates supported playgroups and baby groups at this property three times per week over 40 weeks of the year. While playgroups and workshops were put on hold when COVID-19 restrictions came into place, the team are looking forward to getting back in the kitchen at the start of term 3 with families in need.

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