Improving health for marginalised children
The Balga Salvation Army Child Health Centre opened in March 2014 as an addition to the services already provided at the Balga Early Learning Centre. The Salvation Army is the first non-government agency to partner with the Western Australia Health Department to provide this kind of service.
The service aims to increase the number of children receiving health checks during their early years.
It targets marginalised and disadvantaged families suffering from issues connected with low socioeconomic status such as low employment levels and inadequate housing. Many of these families are challenged by issues like addictions, substance abuse and domestic violence.
Jo Ineson, Director of the Early Learning Centre, says,“We believe each child should have every opportunity to reach their full potential and this extra health service delivers high quality and effective community support to vulnerable people.”
The service also offers parent groups, playgroups and drop-in sessions where parents can come for coffee and a chat. The location of the centre means that visitors can also access the range of services at Balga Salvation Army, such as financial counselling, emergency relief, Bible studies, music programmes, a coffee shop and holiday clubs.