A comprehensive history of the Family Support Program in NSW has not yet been written. If it were, it would no doubt include information on the changing nature of NSW society, the changing shape of families, the stories of the people involved with service development and their struggles, the development of their ideas and services, and their relationship with families.
The need for Family Support Services was identified and publicly debated in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
These services were put on the political agenda in May 1977 when the Family Services Committee presented a report to the Minister for Social Security entitled "Family and Social Services in Australia". That report recommended, "services should be funded which were designed to prevent family breakdown or were of a developmental nature which took account of the variety of family structures and functions". Initially, pilot schemes were funded in 1979 under the Family Support Services Scheme.
Tamworth Family Support Services (TFSS) was funded out of this scheme in 1979 as an incorporated association. In the years that followed, the TFSS program range grew to include Homelessness, Youth, Community and Domestic Violence services. Our service footprint also expanded, delivering some programs in many areas across the New England/ North West region.
Due to the structure of TFSS, the number of employees and the wide variety of work undertaken, TFSS became a company Limited by Guarantee on the 27th June 2017.
- Strengthen and improve social and personal well-being for individuals, families and communities;
- Promote and facilitate access, equality and social justice; and
- Deliver services of quality and value.
To accept and appreciate differences
To always act with honesty and professionalism
To have a sense of responsibility and contribution
To utilize our position to drive change
To work collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes