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OUR STORY

Pregnancy and Family Support (PFS) emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support our more vulnerable community members, as well as a desire for actions to speak louder than words. PFS was initially established in 1981 to provide free counselling and practical support to pregnant women and families with children under 18. It is an organisation driven by a strong foundation of dedicated volunteers and committee members.   Over the years, PFS has expanded the services it offers and operates with Community, Philanthropic and Government Assistance. By providing a welcoming, non-judgemental and caring environment, our staff work alongside clients dealing with the complex challenges of today's society, aiming always, to help in improving their quality of life

 
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PREGNANCY & FAMILY SUPPORT

A Not-For-Profit Organisation, Supporting and Working Towards a Brighter Future for Pregnant Women and Families living on the Gold Coast

At Pregnancy and Family Support Association, we’re supporting initiatives to serve the people who need them most. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing today’s society, including poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, families living with chronic physical illness or mental health difficulties. Please join our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.

OPEN DAYS: TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY

OPERATING HOURS: 9AM - 5PM

CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY

(07) 5575 8442

 

WHAT WE DO

EMERGENCY RELIEF SUPPORT SERVICES

Our Emergency Relief Program is designed to assist families experiencing significant financial distress, by providing finances when available, to help with basic living expenses, such as:

  • Food

  • Rent

  • Electricity 

  • Fuel

  • School expenses

  • Hospital parking

  • Water rates

  • Funeral expenses

  • Travel expenses

  • Medical expenses

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BABY GOODS AND CLOTHING

With our organisation's mission always in mind, we strive to provide each baby with the best start to life as possible. We do this by providing donated baby items, including:

  • Nappies

  • Formula

  • Baby wipes

  • Hospital Bags

  • Baby clothing

  • Cots

  • Bassinets

  • Blankets & wraps

  • Prams

  • Car seats

  • High chairs

  • Baby Toys

PREGNANCY & PARENTING

Free counselling and Bulk Billed psychological intervention is available at PFS for a range of issues and difficulties often arising during the perinatal period (conception to 1-year postpartum) and whilst parenting young children.


Therapeutic intervention is available for issues such as:

  • Unexpected pregnancy

  • Birth trauma

  • Anxiety or Depression

  • Attachment Problems

  • Relationship issues

  • Perinatal loss

  • Termination trauma

  • Child behavioural difficulties

  • ADHD Coaching

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION

Our team is constantly working to make a positive impact on the local community. We achieve this by building and maintaining strong relationships with other community agencies and government departments, advocating on consumers behalf and referring when necessary. All people presenting at the agency are provided information about appropriate supports available for their current needs, which may include:


  • Referral to Domestic Violence services

  • Advocacy and advice for housing

  • Seeking schooling for pregnant teens

  • Knowledge of government entitlement

  • Referral for Child Care fee relief

  • Obtaining household items


Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.

 

SO HOW MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE DOES THIS SERVICE REALLY MAKE TO WOMEN AND FAMILIES?

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WHAT CONSUMERS SAY:

"I don't know what I would have done without this service. I was at the end of my wits and these amazing people gave me such support and kindness"

"Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, when my child fell ill I wasn't sure how we would survive, this services has literally saved my family and my sanity."

"I cannot thank you enough and appreciate your beautiful thoughts for us, things would have been impossible without your support" 

 

WAYS TO HELP

 
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PARTNER WITH US

If you believe your community agency, organisation, department or support network could compliment or help the work we do, then please get in touch with us today so we can discuss about how we could collaborate to serve our local community.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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MAKE A DONATION

This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause and all monetary donations are tax deductible. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Pregnancy and Family Support.


Please Make a Donation today and assist our more vulnerable women and families.

CORPORATE PACKAGES:​

                                 Package 1 - Cost:   $500                                    

Your donation will support a family with: 

Electricity for a quarterly bill that will avoid disconnection of services which can be incredibly stressful for disadvantaged families. These situations can lead to further distress, as it regularly involves the loss of food staples which is extremely distressing for people already struggling to make ends meet and trying to cope with the escalating cost of living.


                                     Package 2 - Cost:  $1000                                  

Your donation will support a family with:

Emergency accommodation for one week and essential items for families fleeing a chronic domestic violence situation and are without any other means of support.


Package 3 - Cost:  $1500

Your donation will support a family with:

A deposit towards a homeless family securing a home with their children. Often, the down payments are prohibitive for some clients endeavouring to enter the rental market as the cost of accommodation has escalated dramatically in the community. Having the initial bond and rent can set them up to manage future rental payments.


                                     Package 4 - Cost: $2000                                      

Your donation will support a family with:

Relocation of a family off the Gold Coast, to safe accommodation when fleeing from their perpetrators and are often involved in life threatening situations, incidents of which are escalating at an alarming rate, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 


 Package 5 - Cost:  $2500

Your donation will support a family with:

A deposit to secure rental premises for a homeless family, which is currently at crisis point on the Gold Coast. Families are currently living in their cars with the children and risk the intervention of Child Safety, which often results in the children being forcibly removed, from their care through no fault of their own, under Court Orders. The grief and trauma associated with these situations can lead to chronic mental health deteriorating for all involved, further adding to the critical escalation of suicide ideology for some people unable to cope.


                                 Package 6 - Cost:      $3000                                 

Your donation will support a family with:

The costs of a funeral to lay a loved one to rest after a sudden death, particularly in relation to a suicide, the passing of a child or a perinatal loss. This support is often requested from families in grief and distressed at meeting such enormous, unexpected expenses. The most sought-after request for this assistance, has been the result of youngsters, as young as 12 years of age, taking their precious lives as a consequence of being bullied in schools, these incidents are followed closely, by teenagers ranging in age from 15 to 19, of whom we have had to console no less than six families in the past year alone with these heartbreaking situations. 


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                                          Package 7 - Cost:  $ 3500                                         

Your donation will support numerous families with:

With the exorbitant cost of Hospital Parking Fees and fuel, for clients needing to attend crucial antenatal appointments. There have been incidents of women not attending appointments due to lack of funds, with some tragic outcomes, as incidents such as pregnancy diabetes have gone undetected and resulted in stillbirths. The escalation in the cost of fuel is further worsening these problems and is indicative of the problems we are experiencing at the agency on an ongoing basis. Parents with Children requiring critical care such as Chemotherapy, which is often only available in Brisbane, struggle with the cost of fuel travelling to appointments for these treatments, together with the ongoing cost of hospital parking fees.

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VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

Our organisation always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Pregnancy and Family Support Association an even better charity than it already is. We always have a generous supply of toys, baby clothing, blankets, prams, nursery items, etc. which need sorting and delivering. These items are provided to local families in need, as well as emergency response to natural disasters affecting our region.


Any assistance is always appreciated.

OUR FUNDING BODIES

 
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PFS receives partial funding from the State Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and is also supported by local philanthropic enterprises and community funds. Without this essential funding we would not be able to continue providing support to those most vulnerable in our community, but more help is always needed to keep this essential project operational. Our heartfelt thanks goes to the incredible generosity of all our sponsors and in particular these major donating bodies:

  • The Insurance Advisernet Foundation

  • The Wallace Trust

  • The Gambling Community Benefit Fund

  • The Mudgeeraba Foundation

  • Gold Coast City Council

  • Neumann Benevolent Foundation

 

CONTACT PREGNANCY AND FAMILY SUPPORT ASSOCIATION

Get in touch with Pregnancy and Family Support Association to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

(07) 5575 8442

 


 

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and pay respect to those elders past, present and emerging.

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