about us

Mission and vision

Mission Statement

Facilitating the development of families and local communities to provide children with holistic opportunities to experience wellbeing and achieve their potential.


A community where all children experience the best in parenting from supported empowered parents who are connected with a community that values:

  • Early-life enhancing and intervention activities for children especially those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged
  • Parents building & maintaining positive relationships
  • Community services, agencies & institutions working together
  • The understanding of issues that relate to Indigenous and multicultural groups and an acknowledgement of the value, contribution and uniqueness of all people

About Communities for Children

Salisbury C4C Strategic Plan

Salisbury C4C flyer

Salisbury C4C steering committee

Karl Brettig

Karl Brettig
Manager Salisbury Communities for Children

Jacquie Dell

Jacquie Dell
Director Family & Community Services The Salvation Army Ingle Farm

Jane Swansson

Jane Swansson
Project Assistant, Salisbury Communities for Children

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John Haren
Deputy Director, Lutheran Community Care

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Julie Brown
Dept of Education

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Kylie John
Program Director Save The Children SA

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Liesl Shipard
Community Representative

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James Lenigas
Schools Ministry Group Community Services

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor
Aboriginal Parenting Support Worker

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Allyson Ions

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Leonie McConarchy
DSS Contact

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Kathleen Wilson
Site Manager/Co-ordinator FamilyZone Ingle Farm Hub

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Julie Fyfe
City of Salisbury

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Melissa Ruthen
Relationships Australia North

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Craig Heidenreich
Australian Refugee Association

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Anita Tsamtsikas
Department of Social Inclusion

Our approach regularly engages with some 750 families through hub activities at FamilZone Ingle Farm, Salisbury Primary School and the Salvation Army Ingle Farm Additionally we are supporting several hundred other families through community capacity building activities. The varied activities facilitated at the hubs are being developed in response to engagement with the local community through the planning processes in place and regular input from parents. We are also engaging with marginalised children in primary schools through our Wellbeing Classroom initiative and new arrival communities through parenting and cultural support groups.

We have developed collaborative partnerships with the Australian Refugee Association, Lutheran Community Care, Save the Children, Relationships Australia, The Schools Ministry Group, Child & Family Health Services, Modbury Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital, TAFESA, Family Day Care, The North East Division of General Practice, Parenting Network, The City of Salisbury, Housing SA and and Salisbury Primary Health Care Services. Some of these organisations are investing resources in our activities as a result of outcomes for the families being referred.

We are continuing to have discussions with key stakeholder representatives from education and health agencies with the view of establishing longer term sustainable partnerships.

Australian Refugee Association Relationship Australia Save the Children Australia Lutheran Community Care Salvation Army Schools Ministry Group