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Who we are

Kindred is a not-for-profit organisation that supports families with children aged birth to 8 years old with a developmental delay or disability and medical needs. Kindred is by families, for families. Everyone who works for Kindred has a child with a disability and is trained to draw upon their lived experience to support other families. We call this Peer Support. It offers unique benefits to families that complement and enhance the support received through therapists, educators and health professionals.

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What we do

Support

We want every family to feel empowered to walk their own beautiful path. And sometimes, that means getting a little guidance from those who've walked there before. Our trained Peer Support Specialists can help you to better navigate the systems, access available supports, link up with other community members.

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Connection

Linking up with like-minded parents and caregivers changes everything. We provide opportunities for families to come together to share, laugh and learn. Ours is a safe, inclusive space that can help you navigate (and celebrate) everyday life, as well as the big picture.

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Education

Our programs, workshops and webinars are based on best practice, evidence-based approaches to supporting children with disability. We cover everything from the early years, the ins and outs of the NDIS, plus stacks of other topics identified by families.

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Resources

We offer practical tips, resources and stories, to assist in navigating you through the day-to-day realities of your child's disability, developmental delay or medical needs. Because when you have the right tools, you can parent from a place of confidence and positivity.

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A word from our community

“This is my protected timeslot. It is saved in my calendar and my partner knows that this is a non-negotiable for me. I have learnt so much from everyone in the group and I love being able to share and help other parents.” 

I just wanted to thankyou for what you are doing. It was wonderful to come across a page that is so positive! I get so overwhelmed and depressed with so many groups but this one has really helped and encouraged me. Thank you.

HMHF has transformed my thinking and improved my day-to-day life drastically! More than I thought possible. Thank you to the whole Kindred team!

Kindred’s workshops have been practical and specific. The fact that the team are all parents with a disabled child themselves makes them a unique organisation. They create a culture of acceptance and acknowledgement, by sharing their experience with disability and valuing ours. It’s this sense of community that has helped me normalise and acknowledge the challenges. They are knowledgeable and connected and have helped connect me with other services.

I completed the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families program, and this was a catalyst for a real change in thinking around maintaining my health and seeing support to do this as a basic requirement not a luxury.  This course really encouraged me to rethink “sacrificing” for my family as neglecting all our well-being. I have completed several targeted workshops around preparing for school and advocacy that have made me feel informed and prepared. You guys rock.

My experience with Kindred has been AMAZING! When my children were diagnosed it was very much a “what now?” response. All of the therapies targeted them, but I knew that I was a huge part of their life so why wasn’t there any help/training/advice for ME? Like if I was able to do MY best then how much better could they be?! Kindred was that for me.

Kindred provides a much-needed source of positive parenting information and community support for special needs families. I highly recommend this invaluable service.

Connecting with Kindred and the wonderful empowering programs they run, and resources has been life changing for our family.

Kindred has provided the platforms to challenge old thoughts, tackle and create new ones! Thank you.

Kindred has created an essential community for parents and carers. The team at Kindred have created a village for families walking a similar path. Some are a little further along than others and some are deep in the trenches just be starting to navigate their way.  But although every family’s path is different, we are all walking together in solidarity. This community creates strength & moves us forward with hope. When we have the right support, anything is possible.

I love being able to learn off other parents. I equally, if not slightly more, love being able to help other parents. It feels so good to be connected to a community – to MY community – through Kindred. I’ve had chat conversations with strangers for an hour who I’ve helped solve problems with, and vice versa. It’s such a crucial network for our well-being as parents and when we feel in control and informed them, we can support our kids to the best of our abilities.

Feeling connected with other like-minded & supportive other parents who are living similar (never the same) experiences, is empowering and comforting – I no longer feel alone – Thank you Kindred for assisting me to feel engaged & connected.  Since becoming a member of the Kindred family, I have been able to improve my skills as a parent of a child with a disability and strengthen my attitude to be a ‘can-do’ motivated & confident parent!

All the information that is provided is valued and I can become a bigger advocate for both of boys who have disabilities but also a more confident and stronger advocate for the disability community.

Kindred is a trusted and safe place to access invaluable information and support to help our family thrive.

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To connect, celebrate and learn with parents and carers on their own beautiful journeys. We also host a Conversations series on Facebook every few weeks, where we share experiences on anything from sharing the diagnosis to navigating the NDIS.

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