Pinarc February News

Pinarc February News

Pinarc February News

 Local Parent/Carer Groups

·           NEW!  Wednesday Walks 
In response to the fabulous and motivating Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families workshop in November, we have started a walking group for carers of children with disabilities.   All parents of children (including adult children) with disabilities are welcome (you do not have to be using any other Pinarc services). Let’s support each other to be more active.   Bring a friend if that will help get you be even more motivated. Meet at the front of Pipers by the Lake at 9.20am Wednesdays 5th, 12th and 19th and 26th February.  If there is a good response or enough requests, we could look at running them at other times too.  The important thing is to make a start. Dress for the weather.

·           Ballarat NDIS Parent Coffee Catch-ups
Open to all parents of children 0 – 12 years who have NDIS plans. 
A chance to meet others navigating the NDIS world and to get information about local events and services. Days and times will vary to accommodate the needs for families only available on certain days. For information, Rebecca Paton, on 53291361 or at

·          Ararat and District Carers Group (for people who care for a young person with additional needs) meets monthly for lunch at various local venues. Next meeting is Christmas lunch 11.30am Tuesday 11th February Contact Toni Hobson 0419 387 440 for more information or to RSVP.

 Ballarat Autism Parent Connection group meets at the Robin Hood Hotel on the third Monday of the month, 10am – 12pm, for a social coffee, morning tea and information sharing.
Next meeting is a Monday 17th February and there will be a speaker from Everyday Independence.  

·         Bacchus Marsh Disability Parent Connection group meet one Monday each month, 10.30am - 12.30pm at the Darley Neighbourhood House in Bacchus Marsh, 33 Jonathan Drive, Darley.  Next meeting is Monday 24th February.

·          Ballarat Down Syndrome Parent Connection group meet regularly for support, discussion, information.
Next meeting is a Morning Tea Tuesday Feb 18th at BSS Gillies Street Cafe from 10:00am.
There will also be a Family Dinner at Zagames, Friday 20th March at 6:00pm. Will have an Easter raffle fundraiser to be drawn on the night. More details at the morning tea in February. Contact Wendy for more information - email:

 ·        SCODA - (Supporting Carers of Disabled Adults), is a Ballarat-based group who meet for lunch first Monday of each month.

Would you like to start a new group? Our parent support coordinator can help. Please contact Rebecca Paton, on 53291361 or at

 Other news for families

Local Events and Activities

Pinarc Visuals Pop Up Shop

Individual coaching sessions to learn how to make visual

supports such as; social stories, timetables and reward charts.

Visual supports are tools that can be used in many ways to help children and adults learn new skills, communicate with others, understand and join in more, become more independent in daily activities and routines, learn positive behaviours, develop friendships. 

Our staff will show you lots of examples of visual supports for home, kinder, school or work and help you plan and create the best visual tool for your situation.

When: Tuesday, 25th February 2020,  Thursday 12th March 2020 , Monday, 23rd March 2020

Where: Pinarc Disability Support, 1828 Sturt St, Alfredton

Time: Booked appointments only 8.00am-4.00pm

please call Sue to book an appointment on 53291333 or email

Cost: FREE

The Salvation Army, Family Connections workshops

Parenting For Life

The first two workshops of our Parenting for Life (P4L) series will be run by Meaghan Sullivan, Speech Pathologist.

Learn about developmental stages and strategies to stimulate language, speech and communication. 
Bookings are ESSENTIAL.

Day and Time: Wednesday 1pm – 2.30pm

Dates:February 5th and 12th

Venue: Ballarat Neighbourhood House. 6 Crompton St Soldiers Hill.
Circle of Security

The Circle of Security program has been around for over 50 years and is designed to

provide a more natural and gentle approach to parenting that focuses on the needs of the

child and the reason behind the behaviour rather than disciplining the child or ignoring

them. It is founded in the areas of attachment parenting and aims to enhance the security

between a parent and a child. The Circle of Security program helps parents see different

needs that come with the reaction of your child.

Day and Time: Monday 9.30am to 12pm (light snack provided)

Dates: February 3, 10, 24 and March 2 and 16

Venue: Parker Place, 702 Pleasant Street, Redan

Tuning into Kids

Tuning into Kids is an evidence-based parenting program

focusing on the emotional connection between parents and children. Importantly,

the program teaches parents skills in emotion coaching, providing

strategies to recognise, understand and respond to their child(ren’s) emotions

in an accepting, supportive way. This approach assists child(ren) to understand

and manage their emotions more effectively.

Day and Time: Monday 7pm to 9pm (light snack provided)

Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 2 and 16

Venue: Parker Place, 702 Pleasant Street, Ballarat

For Bookings and Information:

Kelly Pickford 0427 436 381,

Ballarat Aquatic Centre Sensory Quiet times

The team at Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre have commenced a trial of Sensory Quiet Time (SQT).

Sensory quiet periods are designed to reduce anxiety and sensory stress for patrons who would benefit from a quieter and less stimulating environment in the Centre.

Across the Centre, lights will be dimmed, the radio will be turned off, and background noise will be reduced where possible during the sensory quiet times.

The sensory quiet times have been developed with feedback from and in consultation with members and users of the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre, as well as the Central Highlands NDIS Local Area Coordination Service, Sports Central and the Ballarat Autism Network.

Gymnastics and Aquatic Education programs (swimming lessons) are available during sensory quiet times and can be arranged by contacting the Aquatic Centre on (03) 5334 2499. Customers are welcome to come along and simply enjoy the facility in a quieter and calmer setting.

Sensory Quiet Time will run on the following days and times:

Monday to Friday: 3pm–3.45pm

Saturdays: 7.30am–8.30am;

Tuesdays 2.15pm–3.45pm;

Wednesdays: 8am–9.30am.

More information is available by speaking to the Customer Service team at BALC on (03) 5334 2499.


Dynamic Kids Open day

OT Dynamics have now opened a dedicated therapy space. Dynamic Kids provides Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Psychology services to children of all ages and their families.

They are having an open day on Thursday 6th Feb between 4pm-6.30pm and you are warmly invited to attend to see the space and to meet the clinicians and to see what they do.

309 Creswick Road Ballarat.

Anytime between 4pm and 6.30pm.


Implexa Minecraft Social Skills Program

4-5 pm Mondays. 3rd Feb – 20th March.
105 Lydiard St Ballarat

For more information or to book your place call 0498121618

– Pathway Program for children with disabilities

Fridays 4:15pm- 5:30pm

Begins 07 Feb Ends 27 Mar

Cost: $99

Master Blasters is a super fun, social, safe, cricket program for boys and girls aged 7 to 10. The program is much shorter than traditional cricket, with a maximum of 90 minutes playing time. All the equipment is supplied and the games take place at the same venue each week, at a local cricket club or community centre.

Contact: Kellie Tait  0416504314


Positive Partnerships 2 Day Autism Workshop for Parents and Carers

Free 2 day autism workshop

These autism workshops for parents are designed to help improve communication and outcomes with your child and their school. You’ll be guided by trained facilitators using evidence-informed techniques and materials that can be applied to your child’s unique needs.

Tues 18th & Wed 19th Feb 2020

9.30am - 2.30pm

North Ballarat Sports Club, Creswick Rd,  Ballarat

Register at:


Sue Larky - Teaching Strategies and Behaviour Support Workshop

20th February ,   9.30am – 3.30 pm

Ballarat and District Trotting Club
Register at:

Teaching Strategies for School & Home

• What is Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Autism learning style
• Key teaching strategies from pre- school to secondary
• Classroom strategies • Promoting understanding in peers
• How to motivate and use special interests
• Visual strategies
• Social skills
• Teaching play
• Strategies for playgrounds