connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


early matters seeks to promote and strengthen healthy relationships to prevent families from entering a stress pathway.

We know that there are times when relationships in families can be challenged, especially during times of particular transitions in life, such as having a baby, children starting kindergarten, primary or high school, and significant adjustments such as separation or divorce, becoming a step-family, or the death of a family member.

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to provide the early matters program in specific areas of Ballarat and Sunshine. This program is designed to promote and support healthy, safe, family relationships through educative programs for parents and children, and a Home Visiting / Outreach Service.

This multi-component program includes group programs and a Home Visiting/Outreach Service to work with families at three critical high risk transition points:

  • After the birth of a new baby – post-natal/post-partum relationships
  • School readiness for kindergarten children with their parents
  • Children in middle to late primary school and transitioning to high school.

Group programs

RAV delivers group programs in universal services such as kindergartens, primary schools, hospitals, maternal and child health services and play groups. For information on upcoming groups, please see our current courses.

Tuning in to Kids

A parenting program of Melbourne University’s Mindful Centre, focusing on emotional intelligence and the emotional connection between parents and children.


A program for expectant and / or new parents focussing on the changes and challenges placed on relationships after the birth of a baby. ATTUNE promotes healthy, safe relationships between parents and their baby and normalises the challenges of parenthood.

Circle of Security Parenting

An early intervention parenting program that teaches parents how to read their infant/children’s emotional needs and support their children to manage emotions and enhance their self-esteem.

Ready Set Kids

A program which utilises a whole of school early intervention program for kindergarten and primary school aged children. This program increases emotional awareness and regulation, enhances interpersonal and social skills, and promotes confidence and resilience.

I like, like you UP

A healthy relationships program for primary schools, using a whole of school approach to promote the connection between healthy relationships and emotional health and wellbeing.

Home Visiting / Outreach Service

Our Home Visiting / Outreach Service provides families with between one and four sessions of short-term intervention to support them with their greatest concern or most significant challenge.

Our service:

  • promotes the healthy development of children across a range of health and wellbeing domains.
  • promotes parenting practices that enhance healthy and safe family relationships.
  • works to support families to reduce the likelihood that they will require tertiary service interventions, such as the involvement of child protection.
  • utilises a strengths-based, family-centred approach to support families with what they feel is important for them.

Referral criteria

  • Families must have one or more children under 12 years of age.
  • Families must not be actively involved with child protection. Where child protection is involved, early matters can provide secondary consultations and referral pathways.
  • Family members with current mental health or substance use issues, or a history of family violence will be assessed for appropriateness for early matters services. Where early matters services are not appropriate, we can support families through referrals to other services.
  • Clients must be voluntarily seeking services and not be court-mandated.

Service delivery areas

RAV is funded to provide early matters specifically in Sunshine (Delahey and Kings Park) and Ballarat (Wendouree, Miners Rest and Ballarat South).

Clients located outside these areas may still be able to use early matters if they are willing to attend an appointment or group program at a community health centre or other suitable location within our service delivery areas.

More information

Download our early matters flyer here. For more information on our early matters program or to discuss how the early matters program can support you or your clients, contact your nearest location.

Ballarat: (03) 5337 9222

Sunshine (03) 9313 0444

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