​Mrs Dorothy Hughes and children
Children and Families Ministry Coordinator

The playgroup pilot established in 2013 was to set up as a “travelling playgroup” that attended three areas in Melbourne to establish a playgroup and train volunteers to take over the coordination once the playgroup had been established. This program was developed by the Diocese of Melbourne and funded by the Melbourne Anglican Foundation, along with its funding partners*.

The three playgroups set up were at St Pauls Frankston, Holy Trinity East Melbourne and Holy Apostles Sunshine Braybrook. In 2014 the program has expanded to include St Andrews Rye.

Coordinator of the playgroup program, Mrs Dorothy Hughes says, “Being able to spend an extended period of time coaching the playgroup teams has meant that the leaders are confident in planning good quality play experiences, and have a good understanding of how playgroup plays an important role in enabling positive and supportive relationships for the children, the parents and carers and the church community.”

The playgroup program is currently bringing together approximately 55 families on a weekly basis to assist in the structured play and socialisation of children, allowing parents the opportunity to join in and meet others.

The playgroups are also a valued connection between the parishes and the local community.
The playgroups have been a gateway for the families to access other pastoral care services offered by their parish, and in some cases, to meet their spiritual needs.

You can make a donation that supports Children’s and Families Ministry through the MAF Youth fund and if you are interested in learning more about starting a playgroup please contact the Children and Families Ministry Coordinator, Mrs Dorothy Hughes, at childrenandfamilies@melbourneanglican.org.au.

*We gratefully acknowledge the support of all of our donors and partners, in particular the Flora and Frank Leith Charitable Trust and the William Angliss Charitable Fund (Victoria) and the Collier Charitable Fund.


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