It was great to catch up with Julie Holschier at Ngala. You might have already heard of Ngala and all the work they do with providing services to families about parenting. Julie runs the Regional, Rural and Remote Education Services for Ngala and has worked for decades with FIFO families.

This FIFO Life wanted to find out a little more and let you know about some workshops Ngala have for ‘Parents Working Away’.

I asked Julie how the FIFO family workshops came about.

“I do a bit of FIFO work myself, often travelling to regional areas, and I noticed more and more families at 5 am in the dark at the airport trying to say goodbye. It made me think we could do something to help”.

This was over ten years ago and since then there have been many workshops throughout the Pilbara and online services provided. “Aeroplanes Always Come Back” is the title of more work done into studying the ways FIFO families can be supported.

http://www.meerilinga.org.au/library/file/research/aeroplanes_always_come_back_final_report.pdf

Ngala regularly run ‘Parents Working Away’ workshops and are a great way for those interested in getting together with other FIFO families.

They run for 2 hours and babies under 7 months are welcome.

Topics include:

  • Staying connected
  • Managing patterns of absence and return
  • Parenting tips
  • Making the most of time together

If you are interested call Ngala on 9368 9368 to find out about the next workshops. http://www.ngala.com.au/

There are heaps of great tips and advice, such as different ways to use photos and maps, sharing hobbies and interests with your kids and much more.

Julie said, “Seeing parents share ideas with each other and finding out ways they can catch up after is the best thing about my job”.

The most important thing of all is a chance to get together with other families. FIFO workers and their families are the ones that really know what works for them and what doesn’t.

“There are no perfect parents, and there are no perfect children, but there are plenty of perfect moments along the way” David Willis

Posted by Ros Fuller This FIFO Life