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Tweddle Child and Family Health Service based in Footscray, with outreach locations throughout Victoria, will develop three educational videos for parents with the support of State Trustees Australia Foundation.

$20,000 awarded from the 2018 Grassroot Grants program will ensure that Tweddle can produce three five-minute videos for their website and help educate new parents.

“Tweddle is grateful to the State Trustees Australia Foundation for providing us with the opportunity to develop three educational videos for struggling parents. Tweddle is about relationships and the ‘Sleep Play Bond’ infant mental health videos will be a huge support for families and provide a comforting guide for anxious parents of babies and toddlers across Victoria” siad Director of Clinical Services and Nursing, Tweddle Child and Family Services, Kirsty Evans

International research and the extensive clinical experience of Tweddle highlights the critical importance of a loving attachment relationship with the primary carer in an infant’s brain development, including their social, emotional and cognitive development. While this scientific research is well known by health professionals and academics, a practical and easy to understand application would provide significant benefit to parents.

The three 5-minute videos will demonstrate how parenting brings together a range of everyday moments that provide the foundation for good mental health throughout life:

Sleep – Feeling secure helps your child to sleep
Play – Help build your child’s brain through activities
Bond – Develop secure attachment through everyday moments
Respond – to a child’s cues with sensitivity and love
Regulate – Help your child to calm their big emotions when they don’t have words

“Tweddle provides telephone intake assessments to over 70 stressed parents every week. Most of these families progress to a waiting list for a Day Stay or Residential program which is often up to two or three months long. These videos will help provide additional reassurance to parents who are unable to access early parenting education due to geographical or cultural barriers, travel challenges and multiple children” said CEO Tweddle Child and Family Services, Jacquie O’Brien

State Trustees Australia Foundation is a public charitable trust administered by State Trustees Victoria. Through the generosity of community members who have created a sub-fund or left a bequest, the Foundation has distributed more than $30 million to not-for-profit organisations since its inception in 1994.

The 2018 Grassroot Grants will distribute over $220,000 to twelve not-for-profit organisations throughout Victoria.

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