Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services is an incorporated not for profit organisation providing community services in the Port Stephens LGA.

Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services is an amalgamation of Port Stephens Family Support Service and the Raymond Terrace Neighbourhood Centre; both centres delivering service to the Port Stephens Community for over 30 years.

Funded by Department of Communities and Justice, the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, the Brotherhood of St Lawrence and the Department of Social Services, PSFaNS advocates for services, projects and resources to inform, support and empower the individuals or groups that are being disadvantaged. PSFaNS is a strong advocate for social wellbeing to its local community and has formed close partnerships with various government and non/government agencies with similar objectives. These partnerships give opportunity to enhance outcomes and social conditions in the community particularly in respect of vulnerable groups and individuals.

The Team At PSFaNS

Service Manager

  • Sue Pollock

Assistant Manager

  • Ann Fletcher

Phillip Street Office

Team Leader

  • Rachel Small

Aboriginal Programs Team

  • Karen Patten
  • Emma Greenham

HIPPY Team

  • Emma Greenham
  • Victoria Tomaszewski
  • Sharnie Philpot
  • Tusiata Elekana

Phillip Street Office

Senior Practitioner

  • Andrew Norris

Child and Family Team

  • Mardi Sheridan
  • Jill Granelli – Parenting Programs
  • Amy van Vegchel
  • Kelly Fletcher

Youth and Family Team

  • Sarah Baker
  • Michelle Chee (Maternity Leave)
  • Kelly Fletcher
  • Alison Fitzgibbon

Mallabula Hall

Senior Practitioner

  • Danielle Haagensen

Tilligerry Family Network Team

  • Connie Grant
  • Shae Cheney (Traineeship)
  • Victoria Tomaszewski

Jacaranda Ave Office

Team Leader

  • Maxine Battye

Administration

  • Jo Vanderhelm (Phillip St Office)
  • Clare Thomas

Neighbourhood Centre / E.R.F Team

  • Maxine Battye
  • Clare Thomas
  • Maureen Samoley
  • Hanna Firth
  • Natalie Vetta

Phillip Street Office

Practitioners

  • Timothy Dalby
  • Maddie Dalby

Jacaranda Ave Office

Team Leader

  • Ann Fletcher

Senior Practitioner

  • Kylee Anderson

Caseworkers

  • Julianne Cocking (Domestic and Family Violence)
  • Katie Keays
  • Adrian Smith (Men’s Family Safety)
  • Kayla Haslop (Young Parents)
  • Courtney Knott (Youth)
  • Nichola Kinnane (Intake)
  • Jess Sturt
  • Anna Curtis (Youth)

Phillip Street Office

Senior Practitioner

  • Barbara Tobin

Caseworkers

  • Sarah Walsh (Maternity Leave)
  • Julianne Cocking (Women Speak DFV Group Program)
  • Ellen Pollock
  • Sarah Quinlan
  • Camilla Burgess

1a Kangaroo St

Coordinator

  • Courtney Knott

Team

  • Sarah Baker
  • Kayla Haslop
  • Michelle Chee (Maternity Leave)
  • Victoria Tomaszewski
  • Anna Curtis
  • Kelly Fletcher
  • Alison Fitzgibbon

Board of Management

Chairperson

  • Robyn South

Vice Chairperson

  • Phiona Haire

Secretary

  • Helen Smyth  

Treasurer

  • Richard South

Members

  • Phillip Ross
  • Andrew Hawkins
  • Catherine Woodbine

  

 

Our work would not be possible without the work of our dedicated volunteers. Volunteers have helped out in a great many ways; assisting our emergency relief team, preparing food for schools and groups, assisting in our children’s / youth groups; assistance in running and maintaining office IT; gardening and so much more.

Your ongoing commitment, dedication and time enable us to deliver exceptional service and support to our wider communities. Because of this invaluable contribution, we’re eager to say a big public “Thank you volunteers! We salute you!”.

Some of whom are listed below.

  • Hanna Firth
  • Jessica Smith
  • Maureen Samoley
  • Natalie Vetta
  • Sam Zikman
  • The Sandwich Ladies
  • Zoe Kearnahan

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Click here for more information.

The PSFaNS Fur Team

At PSFaNS, we LOVE animals. When you visit our centre, you have the opportunity to play with our comfort dogs (Barney & Mossy). If you are lucky, you might even see a little lamb!

An animal’s presence in a counselling or group setting can have a calming effect on children, acting as an ‘ice-breaker’ that is comforting and increases engagement. Children have said that they find it easier to talk to dogs or to talk with a dog present. In addition, valuable social and emotional learning can occur through a relationship with an animal.

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The organisations that help us and the community

PSFaNS is a strong advocate for social wellbeing to its local community and has formed close partnerships with various government and non/government agencies with similar objectives. These partnerships give opportunity to enhance outcomes and social conditions in the community particularly in respect of vulnerable groups and individuals.