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 25 years.

Funded by NSW Family and Community Services, 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

Co-Managers

  • Sue Pollock (Phillip Road)
  • Colleen Whittle (Jacaranda Ave)

Phillip Road Office

Team Leader

  • Rachel Small

Cultural Staff/Mentors

  • Rhonda Roach
  • Montana Perry
  • Karen Patten

HIPPY Team

  • Karen Patten
  • Shonna Spencer
  • Rhonda Roach

Phillip Road Office

Team Leader

  • Alison (Ali) Weekes – Maternity Leave
  • Barbara Tobin

Caseworkers/Counsellors

  • Debbie Jones
  • Sarah Walsh
  • Ina George
  • Grace MacLeish
  • Adrian Wilkinson
  • Casey Rofe
  • Jill Granelli (Parenting Programs)

Phillip Road Office

Early Childhood Coordinator

  • Debbie Jones

Early Childhood Workers

  • Mardi Sheridan
  • Kylie Moffit

Mallabula Hall

Tilligerry Family Network

  • Lyn Martin (Project Leader)
  • Danielle Haagensen (C,Y&F Caseworker)
  • Connie Grant (Early Childhood Worker)

Jacaranda Ave Office

Team Leader

  • Ann Fletcher

Caseworkers

  • Julianne Cocking (Intake)
  • Kylee Anderson
  • Kayla Haslop (Maternity Leave)
  • William Hammond
  • Mark Bushell
  • Courtney Knott
  • Olivia Dawson

Jacaranda Ave Office

Team Leader

  • Maxine Battye

Administration

  • Jo Vanderhelm (Phillip Rd Office)
  • Clare Thomas (Jacaranda Ave Office)

Board of Management

Chairperson

  • Robyn South

Vice Chairperson

  • John Picton

Secretary

  • Helen Smyth  

Treasurer

  • Richard South

Members

  • Phiona Haire  
  • Andrew Hawkins

  

 

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.

  • Sue Da Motta
  • Viet Nugyen
  • Maureen Samoley
  • Michelle Mexon
  • Natalie Vetta
  • Annette Roehrs
  • Jaz Williams
  • The Sandwich Ladies
  • Beau Blanch
  • Wally Kelly
  • Carol Kroger
  • Cheryl Lupton
  • Helen Mizrachi
  • The Community Garden Helpers

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

The PSFaNS Fur & Feathered Team

At PSFaNS, we LOVE animals. When you visit our centre, you have the opportunity to play with our comfort dogs (Barney, Gracie & Dusty), pat a chicken and collect the eggs or say hello to our resident cat Herbert. 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.

We would like to Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work, the Worimi People, and pay our respects to all Elders past and present.