Providing ongoing recovery support
As evacuation and recovery centres close, and people start to return to their home communities, their need for support does not end. We play a vital role helping these families through providing mobile outreach services to affected communities.
Our teams are already on the ground, providing activities and support using our mobile youth vans and play buses. Our staff are helping children and their families to begin to process what they have experienced, speaking with them about their needs and providing referrals to other services as required. Our mobile outreach teams have been active in Taree in NSW, and Lakes Entrance and Buchan in Victoria this week.
Supporting long term recovery and resilience
Children can take years to feel safe again after a disaster. The third phase of Save the Children’s response uses our school-based program Journey of Hope, which helps children longer-term to work through their emotions and develop healthy coping skills for the future. Through small group sessions we will deliver age-appropriate activities to help children express their feelings, share their experiences, and build their resilience. We aim to reach over 15,000 children in affected communities through Journey of Hope.
Prepared for the future
Unfortunately, this bushfire season isn’t over yet. While we continue to work with affected families, there is the ever-present threat of more fires, and other disasters. We are ready to scale up our response even further if needed, as the rest of the bushfire season unfolds. We have trained an additional 68 staff members in Child Friendly Spaces and Psychological First Aid, so we can be there for families in the next disaster too.
Whatever happens, funds raised through our Bushfire appeal will continue to go to our work helping children and parents affected by the fires. We remain accountable to our supporters, the Australian Charities Commission, and most importantly, the children and parents who rely on us to help them back to a place of safety.
If you’d like to know more about how your funds are helping the children that need it most, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.