For more than 120 years CPS has provided non-denominational support to countless vulnerable children and families in your local community. Children and families who’ve suffered the effects of domestic violence, sexual abuse, addiction, neglect and financial stress, among other traumas. Besides free counselling services, CPS is at the forefront of best practice early intervention programs, including group sessional therapy for mums and dads and a ground-breaking early learning centre in West Heidelberg for highly vulnerable pre-schoolers. So that our innovative, dedicated services can continue to protect children and strengthen families and communities, please donate generously to our 2017 Tax Appeal. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Every donation, however big or small, combines to make a real difference – it ensures that children and families receive the ongoing help they need. Donate NowRead the story
As part of CPS' involvement in Reconciliation Week and our Reconciliation Action Plan implemented last year, this afternoon staff donned their comfortable shoes and warm clothes to get in touch with the Aboriginal heritage of our catchment area. Workers welcomed the opportunity to gain an understanding of the cultural significance of the land as they seek to build cross cultural competency, relationships, practice and knowledge when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. The Heidelberg Cultural Walk was developed by CPS staff member Danielle Mallia with the direction and advice of Aunty Marg Gardiner (and the support of Wurundjeri Tribal elders, Warringal Cultural Society and Banyule City Council). The walk, which begins at picturesque Heidelberg Park and concludes at Sills Bend by the Yarra River, includes a guided audio tour that focuses on four key locations and reflections on the past and present (narrated by Aunty Marg). After colonisation the area was divided and used for farming potatoes, grazing animals and as a market place. Within 5 years, the right to Wurundjeri Traditions & Cultural Practices and Survival Mechanisms in this area were taken away and made illegal. By 1850 Aboriginal families had been separated, removed from their land and forbidden to speak their language and practice ceremonies. Food rations were managed by government officials and Missions were set up. Despite all the dispossession and atrocities, the resilience and strength of Wurundjeri People has enabled culture and language to be retained and revived today by descendant family groups. It really is a beautiful and informative walk and well worth taking at your leisure. For more information on the Heidelberg Cultural Walk see this brochure.Read the story
Three children, family violence, a marriage breakdown and an abusive and controlling ex-husband…
This is a first hand account of how CPS helped a mum navigate a turbulent time in her life to the point where she is now excited about what the future holds for her family.