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Baby Box Project:
Shepparton Collaboration for Pregnant and New Mothers

The Caroline Chisholm Society, Goulburn Valley Pregnancy and Family Support Service is giving a free Baby Box to all the new mothers in Shepparton this Spring 2016. We have started to give them out, and are working with mums in the community to develop a parenting survey so that when the rest arrive we're ready to give them out.

  • To be one of the first to get a Baby Box and volunteer to give feedback on the project, please call us on (03) 5821 0826 to make a time to visit 15A St Andrews Road, Shepparton.
  • To get a Baby Box, please email us at and we'll let you know when they become available.
  • To enter the Baby Box Design Competition complete the form: Baby Box design competition.
  • Media release: Shepparton’s Spring Babies to get free Baby Box
  • Do you work with pregnant mums in Shepparton? Please call us on (03) 5821 0826 to discuss their needs.

Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children

The Victorian Government has released a paper about reform to shape the long-term future of the support service system for vulnerable children and families. You can find details here:

This comes in the context of a Victorian Auditor General inquiry into ChildFirst and Integrated Family Services. Caroline Chisholm Society is actively involved in advocacy for keeping families together through early intervention. We have released these papers:


Moonee Valley Leader, 4 May Deal will assist parent support

Media Release, 15 August Open day for new and pregnant mums and their families

Moonee Valley Leader, 18 March Caroline Chisholm Society fears losing its temporary home before new Essendon hub is ready

Moonee Valley Leader, 2 March, 2016 Cash will keep them covered

Moonee Valley Leader, 9 December 2015 Family support hub building work to get underway

Cooney, H, 'Can NGO's Effectively Engage in the Democratic Process?' An exceprt from Davis Glyn, "Meanjiin". The Miegunyah Press, 2015. Vol 74, No. 3 Spring 2015.

Insight VCOSS Issue 13 Page 15 - Vox Pop

Melton Leader Eastern Edition, 25 August 2015 Help at hand for mums and bubs in the West

Moonee Valley Leader, 27 May 2015 Wait for winter warmth

Moonee Valley Leader, 15 April 2015 Moonee Valley's Caroline Chisholm to build new hub in Essendon thanks to State Government cash

Moonee Valley Leader, 8 April 2015 Caroline Chisholm Society may be forced to close its Moonee Valley Centre

Moonee Valley Leader, 25 February 2015 Relief group under threat

A response to questions from Moonee Valley Community during 2014 election period

Shepparton News, 21 October New premises pleases

Moonee Valley Leader, 3 September Caroline Chisholm Society in Moonee Ponds needs money to expand services

The Weekly Review Moonee Valley, 1 September Essendon: Caroline Chisholm Society needs our help

Shepparton News, July 23 Vital volunteer service continues to support local families

The Weekly Review Moonee Valley, 23 June Quilters sew up a charity windfall

Leader West, 19 June Caroline Chisholm Society seeking donations to help underpriviledged mums and their children

Moonee Valley City Council, June Community Grants Newsletter (Caroline Chisholm Society Caseworker Material Aid Programme profile)

Melton Leader, 11 June Free playgroups such as Caroline Chisholm Play and Learn tackle Melton Teen mum isolation

The Weekly Review Moonee Valley, 9 June Moonee Valley's rising bankruptcies a sign of area's 'hidden poverty'

Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, 14 May The Caroline Chisholm Society supporting Mothers

The Weekly Review Moonee Valley, 31 March Caroline Chisholm Society seeks help to stay in Moonee Valley

Maribynong and Hobsons Bay Star Weekly,  17 January Handy helpers prove that charity begins at home


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'Mothers in Mind' therapeutic playgroup 5 October - 7 December, 2016

'Vulnerability Guide Tool Kit Workshops' - 25 & 26 October, 2016

'Mothers In Mind' therapeutic playgroup 15, April - 24 June, 2016

Happy Days play group 5, October - 14, December, 2015

Chisholm's Pals playgroup 28, October - 2, December, 2015

Bringing Up Great Kids parenting programme 8, October - 19, November 2015

Goulbourn Valley Pregnancy & Support Volunteers' Day 15 May, 2015. CEO, Helen Cooney speach notes.

Happy Days Play Group 13 July to 17 August, 2015

Chisholm's Pal Play & Learn Playgroup 6 May - 10 June, 2015

Chisholm's Pal Play & Learn Playgroup 29 July - 2 September, 2015

Chisholm's Pal Play & Learn Playgroup 28 October - 2 December, 2015

Public Discussion - After the choice: Supporting mothers who continue pregnancy through the complexities of life. Speaker: Helen Cooney, CEO, Caroline Chisholm Society, Pregnancy and Family Support Service. 19 Aug 2014, part of "That's Life Week: A week where the big social issues are examined @ ACU"


There is 1 job currently advertised at Caroline Chisholm Society.

CCS Goulburn Valley Lead Practitioner

Lead practice at our volunteer staffed pregnancy and family support in the Goulburn Valley.

As our “CCS Goulburn Valley Lead Practitioner” you will help us to offer a warm and welcoming environment for expectant and new mothers and their families, undertakes volunteer coordination and lead our Shepparton operations.

The role

  • delivers and supervises single session welfare appointments,
  • delivers and supervises new and pre-loved baby and maternity goods,
  • administers local and clinical governance,
  • recruits, retains and supervises volunteers, and
  • liaises with the voluntary and community service sector on behalf of Caroline Chisholm Society.

The successful applicant will have responded to the key selection criteria (available in the Position Description) and hold relevant tertiary qualifications.

  • Part-time role at 22.8 hour per week
  • Located in Shepparton, with occasional travel to Melbourne
  • Reports to Melbourne-based Manager

CCS is a non-denominational and non-political charity that supports pregnant women and families with young children and is located in Moonee Valley, Caroline Springs and Shepparton.

Applications to:

Mo Connolly
Manager, Pregnancy and Family Services
Caroline Chisholm Society


Applications close 5pm Thur 26 Jan, 2017


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