Family support

In-home family mentoring program

This program is for parents with children under six years who are experiencing challenges due to isolation, post natal depression, illness, disability or multiple births.

A volunteer mentor will be matched with a family to provide one-on-one support for around four hours a week for up to 12 months. Mentors can assist parents by increasing parenting confidence and connecting with other parents and community networks. Mentors also provide practical and emotional support and can help parents to get to appointments, go out for a walk or do the shopping. Families are usually referred by their maternal child health nurse or other health professionals.

Call 9433 3165 for information or you can volunteer as an in-home family mentor.


Best Start

Best Start is a Victorian Government early years, place-based initiative that is funded and administered by the Department of Education and Training to support families, caregivers and communities in providing the best possible environment, experiences and care for children from birth to eight years of age. Communities and service providers collaborate to address issues as they are experienced at a neighbourhood level.

The Nillumbik Best Start program focuses on children and families within Nillumbik experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage to ensure all children have access to quality early childhood experiences through maternal and child health services, Supported Playgroups and early years programs including kindergarten. The Nillumbik Best Start partnerships use local data and community knowledge to identify those who are experiencing vulnerability within Nillumbik Shire

Nillumbik Best Start Outcomes

Children engage and participate in early childhood education
Children and families actively engage with M&CH services, attending key ages and stages visits

For further information contact the Best Start Facilitator Sue Malone Phone 9433 3190, or email

The State Government website has more information