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Berry Street  Berry Street is the largest independent child and family services organisation in Victoria. We're for Childhood.

Andrew, an 11-year-old boy, and his two younger brothers came into care on an emergency placement in 2014. They had suffered significant trauma and experienced multiple placement breakdowns in the past. Andrew was not engaged with any support services and had minimal attendance at school.

Re-engaging Andrew with education became a priority for his care team, although the initial focus for staff was to build trusting relationships with him and help him feel safe and secure within placement. With this support, Andrew started attending school again. At the end of 2015, the school awarded Andrew with a special achievement award for excellent attendance.

#ThrowbackThursday to Berry Street Beaconsfield in 1922.
Conditions were extra challenging in Beaconsfield that year with an outbreak of measles that infected both children and staff, necessitating isolation quarters to be constructed. Also, as there was as yet no constant water supply, the severe summer drought affected both the home and children as well as supplies for the farm.
At this time in Beaconsfield, there was one Matron, a sister in charge, two staff nurses and nine pupil nurses who were rostered throughout the day and night.
Accommodation for nurses, mothers and children included tents and verandah sleep-outs. The laundry was located in an old stables some distance from the house which had only gas lighting and no running water.
#historic #flashback #childhood

#Throwback to circa 1938 at the Sutherland Homes School. A fire had destroyed the wooden school room in 1927, and a new brick building was built in its place. The school was renamed the Meglin school in 1963.
#History #flashback #1930s #melbourne

At Berry Street, we believe that #LoveMakesAFamily. Drop by our stall at Chillout Carnival in Daylesford and pick up some rainbow jellybeans and wristbands. #carnival #daylesford #lgbt @chilloutfestival_daylesford

It’s a beautiful day for a carnival in Daylesford. Come and visit us at Chillout Carnival and find out what you can do to help vulnerable young Australians. #LoveMakesaFamily #carnival #daylesford #lgbt @chilloutfestival_daylesford

“I was really excited to be involved in something that we know works for the kind of children that we care for. After working in the sector for over 13 years you start to see the same cycles and I was really excited to get involved in something that could change those cycles.”
Frances is a Berry Street employee who is working to #PressforProgress through our Teaching Family Model, an innovative model of care that focuses on building strengths, problem-solving and leadership.
This International Women's Day, we celebrate all women who are pressing for #change.
#iwd2018 #berrystreet #peopleofberrystreet

Lots of people think that because they're busy, single or in a same sex relationship that they can’t be a foster carer. But that’s simply not true. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Meet Brendan and Steve, who have been foster carers for over 13 years.
#fostercare #fosterchild #lovemakesafamily

Jake is a student at our Berry Street School. When he first started, he was struggling with thoughts of self-harm. The school created a very clear safety plan for him and Berry Street school teacher, Julie, started character lessons with him.
Together, Jake and Julie identified that humour was Jake’s signature strength. Every day, Julie talked with him about ways to practice humour, when to notice humour, opportunities to lift other people up with humour.
After a while, Julie told us that Jake looked at her and said, “No one has ever seen me the way you see me. No one has ever noticed that I’m good at something, and that’s humour. And no one has ever tried to make me better by focusing on my strength.”
#berrystreet #school #teacher

#ThrowbackThursday to 1920 at Berry Street, #Beaconsfield. That year it was noted that 70 babies could be cared for simultaneously, 25 in East Melbourne and 45 in Beaconsfield. It was a particularly difficult year at Berry Street due to outbreaks of measles and whooping cough.

"It’s going to be really positive for our kids to be brought up with foster children. To teach them empathy and how to help instead of judge.” - Travis and Mel’s children will learn some of life’s most important lessons earlier than most kids.

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