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Multifamily recreation activities

Flexible activity

In this activity, families are given opportunities to bond and build connections with other families. 

Recreational activities provide parents and children with an opportunity to meet other families and to develop positive relationships with them. A strong local network can provide parents with support and friendship when they need it more. 

It can also provide families who are struggling with an opportunity to have fun with their partner and children.

How can it be implemented?

There are lots of different recreational activities that could be conducted with groups of families. For example:

  • Trips to local museum, zoo, park, sports games
  • BBQ in the local park
  • Self-care days for parents and caregivers
  • Cultural celebrations

The recreational activity you conduct will depend on the facilities that are available in your community, transport, funding available etc. It should also depend on your client’s preferences – you should ensure it is an activity they will enjoy.

What should I consider when working with Aboriginal people and communities?

Co-design activities and services with the local Aboriginal community to ensure that their cultural knowledge, values and beliefs are embedded in service offerings, and that community support needs are addressed.

Consider conducting activities around significant cultural events such as NAIDOC week.

Develop an understanding of the diversity within different language and kinship groups.  Most Aboriginal communities will operate based on traditions of extended family and community care.

See the Cultural Safety and Wellbeing Evidence Review for further guidance on how to deliver culturally safe services and improve outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Who is the target group?

Parents/ carers who are at risk for perpetrating child abuse/maltreatment due to neglect concerns i.e. unsafe housing, delayed health care or inadequate supervision. 

What programs conduct this activity?

In the Family Connections program, families are invited to come together to celebrate and experience local cultural and recreational activities (e.g. trips to local museums or the ballpark, a boat ride, a nurturing day for parents and other caregivers, and holiday and cultural celebrations).

What else should I consider?

Low attendance rates were reported for this activity. Barriers to participate in activities outside the home need to be addressed to ensure high engagement. For example, ensure families have access to needed transport. 

Further resources

Last updated:

25 Nov 2022

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