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At 12, Ryle was terrified with anxiety, he was being bullied, his parents had separated and his mum was depressed. He thought it was all his fault.

But with support from Family Life,
Ryle didn’t have to go it alone.

Last year, our vital services helped 3,750+ children and families in Melbourne’s south-east suburbs with counselling, education, mental health support and more.

Help us make sure no one in your neighbourhood falls through the cracks.

Your donation will help
people in your community:

$35 = a counselling session for a child like Ryle. Read story.
$50 = a month’s worth of nappies for a couple like Kiera and Matt. Read story.
$100 = a support group for mums struggling with post-natal depression like Maria. Read story.
$200 = practical parenting workshop to support babies at risk like Zoe. Read story.


How your donation helps Melbourne families, children and young people:


$35 can contribute to a practical counselling session in Highett for a child like Ryle.

Ryle was the naughty kid at school. He was seen as a trouble-maker. But under the surface, he was barely dealing with his parents’ recent separation, his mum’s depression and being bullied at school. He couldn’t deal with his anger and was terrified by his anxiety.

When no one else noticed, our breakfast club volunteers did. They referred him to Family Life counselling, where Ryle was able to find ways to express his feelings and unwind with relaxation techniques.


$50 buys a month’s worth of nappies for a struggling couple in Tootgarook like Kiera and Matt

Kiera and Matt loved their newborn, but every day was a struggle to make ends meet. They were relying on one salary to support their family, and could barely afford to buy essentials like nappies.

Family Life’s Parenting program supported them with supplies and first-time parenting advice to see them through.

Family Life supported them with supplies and first-time parenting advice to see them through.


$100 helps Maria access a young mum’s support group in Cheltenham to cope with post-natal depression

First-time mum Maria was struggling alone with post-natal depression. Her husband had to work long hours to support them, and she had no family or friends nearby. She felt helpless, with nowhere to turn.

Family Life’s Community Bubs program gave her access to a young mum’s playgroup, support group, and counselling services so she didn’t have to go it alone.


$200 can provide practical parenting workshops to support baby Zoe in Frankston.

Baby Zoe’s parents fought and argued all the time. They’d never been taught how to look after a newborn and the stress was more than they could handle. This had been hurting Zoe even before she was born: did you know toxic stress in the womb can impact a baby’s brain development?

Thanks to parenting workshops from Family Life, Zoe’s parents were able to create a calmer environment for their little girl to grow up in.