The village Program

We welcome opportunities to build relationships between mum and her children where these have been damaged by drugs and/or alcohol.

What is the Village Program?

The Village Program is a free service for:

  • Women who currently use or have used drugs and/or alcohol and have children under the age of 12 years.
  • Women who are pregnant and seek to reduce or stop their use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Grandmothers or foster carers who are caring for children under the age of 12 years due to their exposure to someone else’s substance use.

The Village Program Offers:

A unique combination of interventions targeted to the woman’s circumstances.
The Village Program provides one on one counselling and support to assist women in overcoming a dependency on alcohol and/or drugs or support to maintain recovery. It also offers a combination of therapeutic work with parenting education using the ‘Circle of Security’ parenting DVD. ‘Circle of Security’ is an internationally recognised relationship based parenting program aimed at building a stronger attachment between carer and child. It is based on attachment theory.

All interactions are respectful, friendly and delivered with as much flexibility as possible; for example, in home appointments for women with newborns. Information on a wide range of other services is also provided as a way to assist women and their children to connect to their local community.

Drug and / or alcohol use may have affected you, your children and other family members in lots of different ways.

Perhaps it might feel overwhelming and too big to tackle.

Having support can often encourage positive change.

Sometimes, even small changes can have a huge and positive impact on you, your children and your family.

Your Checklist

o Do you use drugs and/or alcohol?

o Do you want to stop or reduce the way you use drugs and/or alcohol?

o Do you have children younger than 12 years?

o Would your children notice positive changes in their lives if you reduced or stopped drug and/or alcohol use?

o Are relationships with your children, family members and friends affected by your drug and /or alcohol use?

o Does your use of drugs and/or alcohol affect your mental health and wellbeing?

o Does drug and/or alcohol use cause you financial, housing or employment problems?

o Is it difficult to ask for professional support?

o Are you in recovery but still struggling with issues related to drugs and/or alcohol?

We invite you to read our Village Program booklet: ‘A Journey of Recovery: Women tell their Stories’ for a personal insight into this service.

Click here to view the booklet

Please call 93001566 on Tuesday or Friday if you would like to speak directly with the counsellor employed with this service. She is happy to respond to your concerns and/or questions. You are invited to make a one off appointment as part of your decision making process if this feels more comfortable to you.
Agency referrals: Please call for a referral form which will be provided to you via email. In certain circumstances, particularly for women with a newborn, out of office appointments can be negotiated.

Participant testimonial:

‘I believe I have a good chance of living the rest of my life in a full, happy, sober, healthy and loving way with my family’


Additional Drug and Alcohol Services

Following the joining of WOMEN’s Healthworks with Womens Health and Family Services Northbridge, additional programs and services are now available. For more information, visit the Alcohol & Other Drug Services page on the WHFS website.