Mercy Services provide a range of services to help parents and to help those with alcohol or other drug issues:
McAuley Parenting Program is funded by Family and Community Services, Brighter Futures (Early Intervention) program. The Family Workers (FWs) provide parenting and general support in a variety of areas to parents and their families - usually on a weekly basis. The Parenting Support Workers (PSWs) provide short-term intensive support to parents who are experiencing difficulty coping with specific aspects of their child/children’s behaviour. The behavioural issues may include: parent/child conflict; sibling rivalry, problems at school; aggression; defiance; anger management; learning concerns and low self esteem. Families may be visited several times a week for a period of 8 to 10 weeks. This service is available for extended hours including early morning and late evening depending on the needs of individual families.
McAuley Outreach Service provides a home based counselling service for parents (with young children) who have drug and/or alcohol problems affecting the family function. The service is wholly funded by NSW Health Department and HNE Health. A limited number of houses are available for short to medium term (6-24 months) at Public Housing rent to assist clients establish a healthy lifestyle.
Brighton House offers men who are ready to take responsibility for their own recovery a chance to sustain and enjoy a drug free lifestyle in a supportive and friendly environment. Men can live in the house for up to 12 months and must pay board and participate in a 12 step program.
Holyoake group programs support people who have concerns about their own substance use (Pathways to Change Groups for men and women), or who are affected by family members’ substance use (Changing Focus Group).