Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    State Govt helps build a new family centre

    5/09/2012 12:00 AM
    • $100,000 to help build a children and family centre at Cyrenian House
    • New centre to help mothers with childcare and parenting skills

    Women’s Interests and Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney today presented $100,000 to Cyrenian House to help with the construction of a new children and family centre.


    Cyrenian House delivers drug and alcohol treatment programs to individuals who are addressing their dependency issues and the planned centre will assist these people with childcare and parenting skills.


    “The Cyrenian House drug and alcohol treatment programs perform an important function in our community, especially its residential service, the Saranna Women’s and Children’s program,” Mrs McSweeney said.


    “The Saranna program reunifies families affected by drugs or alcohol addiction and the State Government is helping build a new facility, which will provide much needed childcare for the community’s children and a place where parenting skills can be taught and honed.”


    Today’s funding will go towards the Saranna Specialist Intervention Centre for Children and Families, which will offer child care and family services for women and their children in the programs as well as the wider community.


    The Saranna Women and Children’s Program allows mothers with young dependent children to assess treatment while living in self-contained cottages.


    “The Cyrenian House Therapeutic Community is creating a stable life for children and families and the flow on benefits to the wider community are significant,” the Minister said.


          Fact File

    • Cyrenian House has been offering residential programs for people wanting to address their alcohol and drug dependency issues since 1981
    • Earlier this year, the Saranna Women and Children’s Program won a WA Alcohol and other Drug Excellence Awards in the treatment category
    • In WA, 891 individual, private and community-based childcare services and 821 family day carers provide 50,768 licensed childcare places, caring for about 70,000 children

    Minister’s office - 6552 6500