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Marsha Thomson MP highlights Tweddle's services in Parliament

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 28/10/15

At our recent 95th Birthday celebrations we were reminded of the value of our family support services which span generations.  Families enjoyed the free activities and reflected on times when they turned to Tweddle for help. It wasn’t the first time when we heard “you saved my life”..   The Honourable Marsha Thomson, Member for Footscray joined us on the day to talk about our services which she also spoke about in Parliament on Wednesday 21st October. This is what she said.

Ms THOMSON (Footscray)—Last Sunday Tweddle Child and Family Health Service celebrated 95 years of service provision to families in their very early years. It was an absolute delight to celebrate with it. Tweddle has made such an enormous contribution to children and families right across Victoria, particularly to vulnerable families.

Ninety-four years ago Joseph Thornton Tweddle, a businessman and philanthropist, started Tweddle Hospital for Babies and School of Mothercraft, which looked after the most vulnerable of children, many of them abandoned or foundling babies. Established in Footscray, the work Tweddle does in providing social support and psychology services, childbirth education programs, community-based programs and therapeutic support for families with children who have additional needs is truly inspiring.

It is particularly inspiring to see Tweddle continue to transform to meet the community’s needs.  Tweddle is now targeting early intervention and prevention programs for young families, including a sleep school to help young mothers deal with babies who will not go to sleep. Tweddle is a remarkable organisation which does incredible things with families which often must deal with complex and compounded issues around health, addiction, family instability and violence, as well as other factors like financial stress, age and ethnicity.

What Tweddle does is incredibly important and innovative. Congratulations to all associated with Tweddle.

The Board, management and staff would like to thank Marsha Thomson MP for highlighting Tweddle’s ongoing commitment to community wellbeing.  We are grateful and honoured to provide urgent care for vulnerable families.

Our Futures document and our concept redevelopment plans both underpin Tweddle’s future services and set out to ensure that our families are cared for in an innovative, purpose built, multipurpose, baby, toddler and family wellbeing hub.

 

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