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Children share stories and embrace culture through song

CATCHY tunes created by Murraylands children as part of the Stories Through Song project received a strong response online when shared during National NAIDOC Week 2021.
The songs were created by children at St Joseph’s and Tyndale Christian schools in Murray Bridge, along with Mannum Community College.
Earlier in the year, children at the schools were joined by members of the Deadly Nannas Ngarrindjeri singing group, Stamp Music and representatives of Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, plus ac.care's Communities for Children Murraylands staff, for the project.
Stamp Music’s Pete and Kerrie led the children through songwriting brainstorming sessions and coached the children to write rhyming lines, creating and recording the upbeat tunes together.
The Deadly Nannas worked with the children to provide Ngarrindjeri translations to share for some of the songs and Ngarrindjeri man Harley Hall also dropped by the session at Mannum Community College to contribute.
Videos for three of the songs were released for NAIDOC Week via ac.care’s Facebook page and we plan to produce more clips for the remaining tracks over the coming months.
Stories Through Song is a Communities for Children Murraylands initiative facilitated by ac.care in partnership with Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, supported by the Deadly Nannas, featuring schools across the region.
The project aims to build relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students and the broader Aboriginal community, develop respect for Aboriginal culture, create opportunities for young people and share the voices of children.
Communities for Children is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

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About Communities for Children Murraylands

Communities for Children Murraylands is facilitated by ac.care in Murray Bridge and works in collaboration with our community partners, committee and key stakeholders to deliver positive and sustainable outcomes for children and families in the regions of the Rural City of Murray Bridge (including Callington), Mid-Murray and Coorong Districts.

Communities for Children's community partners aim to improve the health and well-being of families and the development of young children, from before birth through to age 12 years. They aim to create strong child-friendly communities that understand the importance of children and apply this capacity to maximise the health, well-being and early development of young children at the local levelEvents and workshops are on the ac.care CfC Murraylands Facebook page.

Our community partners are:

  • Centacare – A number of programs and activities are delivered by our Community Partner through our Fathers and Families Program. The program aims to support families to prepare for children before birth and to build knowledge and understanding to support parents in their role.  Promoting the importance of positive fathering in the development of children and the family as a whole is provided.  Activities such as Ante-Natal sessions, Family nights, Beyond Kayaking and Parenting programs are some of our services on offer.
  • Tailem Bend Community Centre – The Tailem Bend Community Centre provides educational and social opportunities for their local community. Communities for Children Murraylands have partnered with the Tailem Bend Community Centre and offer a range of activities and programs for families and children aged 0 to 12 years living in the Coorong region.  Programs such as Parent Child Mother Goose Supported Playgroup, School Holiday Activities, parenting programs and more.
  • Murray Bridge Community Centre - Communities for Children Murraylands partnered with the Murray Bridge Community Centre in late 2019. The partnership has enabled the community centre to expand on supports already offered for families in the Murray Bridge region to now include children 0 to 12 years of age. Programs currently on offer include Yoga Youngsters, Let’s Play with Music, Play and Grow and Celebrate Connection. The programs aim to nurture and support families and improve child safety and wellbeing.

Australian and International evidence confirms that the early years of a child’s life are a critical time in their development and the foundations for learning, behaviour and health.

Who is this for?

Children aged birth to 12 years and their families

About the service

CFC activities and programs are developed through prior community consultation and delivered by our subcontracted Community Partners.

Communities for Children Community Partners are also required to deliver approved evidence based programs and in the Murraylands we offer the following:

  • 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching
  • Bringing up great kids
  • Tuning in to kids
  • Seasons for Growth
  • Parent Child Mother Goose Supported Playgroup
  • Circle of Security
  • Storm Birds
  • Drumbeat

 Fees

All Communities for Children activities and programs are FREE

Referrals

Not required

Contact

ac.care Murray Bridge
8531 4900 or email communitiesforchildren@accare.org.au

 

 

Communities for Children is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services.