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Supporting SAGE Community Services

As a small non-government organisation, we rely on fundraising and donations to enable us to provide additional services that would meet the needs of our local community.  

For over 40 years, SAGE Community Services (AKA Parramatta Holroyd Family Support Inc.) has been delivering services to children and families in the local Parramatta and Holroyd (now Cumberland) LGAs.

Since 2012, PHFS has also been providing specialised support to women fleeing domestic violence.  

We are driven by a family-centred, evidence-informed practice that promotes a holistic, integrated, and strengths-based approach to service provision.

ABOUT THE AREAS WE WORK IN

The Parramatta and Cumberland LGA’s have a high proportion of people born outside Australia (Cumberland 58.3% and Parramatta 55.3%). 0.7% of the population identify as Aboriginal and 52% of residents speak another language other than English, with 13.1% of these residents not speaking English fluently or not at all.   

Domestic violence is an issue of concern in our community. In the Western Sydney district, 4,404 domestic violence related assaults and 3,547 non-domestic violence related occurred between January and December 2018. This included 892 in Cumberland LGA and 752 in Parramatta LGA.  Sadly, these statistics rely on reported cases and we know from our work the prevalence of domestic violence in our community is much higher than the reported statistics. 

The community is home to a high number of children aged 0-5 years, compared with other areas of Sydney, and these children are a high needs group – presenting with higher levels of developmental vulnerability in two key fields as measured by the AEDC domains.   

Unemployment is higher when compared to greater Sydney. The Parramatta and Cumberland LGAs report low personal income, with Cumberland having the highest proportion of households earning less than $650 per week (21%) and Parramatta (15.6%).  In addition, access to affordable housing is an ongoing issue. 

The work of SAGE Community Services recognises the impact of intersectionality and aims to address the systemic and personal issues that arise from such a community profile. SAGE Community Services currently receives funding from the NSW government. However, these funds are linked to the provision of specific activities and as a service we are constantly seeking additional funding to provide activities and supports that are not covered by government grants. 

This is where we rely on sponsorships, fundraising and donations to enable us to respond to the emerging needs of our local community.

OUR WISH LIST
  • Provide creative and therapeutic groups for women and children 
  • Provide additional counselling hours 
  • Provide additional casework hours
  • Purchase new toys and equipment for our Supported Playgroups and Play and Learn in the Park Group 
  • Provide training in new parenting and skills–based programs for workers 
  • Provide material aid (vouchers etc.) for families in financial distress 
  • Upgrade our facilities to include disability parking 
  • Upgrade our facilities to provide purpose–built family and children’s therapeutic and group space 
  • Purchase a motor vehicle to support home visiting in expanded area 
SAGE DETAILS
  • All donations over $2 are tax deductible

  • Incorporation Number : Y 02680-38

  • ABN: 44 913 090 26

Donation Options

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Account Name: Parramatta Holroyd Family Support or SAGE Community Services

BSB: 032-177

Account Number: 720288

For receipt please email: admin@sagecommunity.org.au

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WITH CASH

Since The Start Of 2020

Parents, Carers and Children have attended Play & Learn/Transition to School programs

women have attended Counselling

people were provided with Information, Advice and Referral

Parents, and carers and children were provided with Family Support Casework

Parents and Carers attended Parenting Programs

women and children supported to relocate after fleeing domestic violence

women and children supported after fleeing domestic violence

women and children supported with security upgrades

Total Client Sessions delivered