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Baby Expo lends a hand to new Mums and Dads


Bourke Aboriginal Health Service CEO John Fetuani presenting the major prize to Laken and Jezaya Kelly, with Tanya Mitchell from Connected Beginnings. Photo contributed

New mums and dads in Bourke were given a helping hand last week at the ‘Connected Beginnings’ Baby Expo.

The Baby Expo was held at the Full Gospel Family Fellowship Church, and new and expecting parents were given a range of tools, support and advice to help them navigate the new – and demanding role – of parenting.

Connected Communities Project Director, Tanya Mitchell, said the Expo was a whole- of-community event and received strong support from agencies, businesses and community organisations who reached out to be part of the program.

Forty-nine new mums and dads registered for the Expo, held last Thursday, as well as grandparents and other family members who came along to take part.

“It was an event the community wanted to happen and it was a collaboration of a range of different services and organisations,” Tanya said.

“The various agencies had stalls, information, and activities, as well as prizes and giveaways with the purpose to provide information to new mums and mum-to-be.

“We also had the SMS for Deadly Dads team from Newcastle attend, and they provide a texting service for new dads which gives advice and support and helps them deal with the challenges of parenting.

“NIB donated sponsored prizes, and as well we had Rod Crowfoot from Macquarie Home Stay give a fantastic talk about the services they provide. […]

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