The Penrith Centre has developed services to cover the needs of a rapidly expanding, new public housing area in the far West of Sydney. One of the greatest areas of concern was the lack of services for children and families.

Services were initially established in 1984 in temporary accommodation for the Special Neighbours Service. In 1990 a purpose built Centre with meeting rooms and room for all programs was developed. From the original Special Neighbours Program the Group Work, Crisis Intake and Legal Service developed. Temporary Family Care was added in 1987. In 1990 Vacation Care began and WAGS started in 1991 providing services aimed to directly assist families where children have a disability. Group activities for adolescents with a disability (TEEPS and TASS) have been developed and they offer recreational activities and individual respite.

One bedroom units which provide medium-term supported accommodation for families have been operating since the Centre opened. Youth services commenced in 1990 in response to the needs of the local community and include a Streetwork Program as well as group and individual support services.

In 1998 Barnardos employed a community development worker to provides support for residents of the local housing estate.

Programs operating from this centre include:

  • Crises Intake Service
  • Family Support
  • Temporary Foster Care
  • Family Semi Supported Accommodation
  • Respite and Vacation Care for children with disabilities
  • Youth Services

The Penrith Children's Family Centre runs weekly PlayGroup's for all members of the Penrith community, free of charge. More information about Playgroup Plus at Penrith.

For more information:
Location: Penrith Children’s Family Centre
Hosking Street,
Cranebrook NSW 2749
Phone: (02) 47291 211
Fax: (02) 47291 339
After Hours: Dial Pager number 9963 2503 and leave a message.
Postal Address: Post Office Box 79, CRANEBROOK NSW 2749