Jenny Allen is a passionate team member of Ngala Community Services. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be their best, and that parenting should be a joyful and rewarding experience. As a mother, grandmother and Director of Regional Services Jenny commits to this every day.
Jenny began her journey working with children and young people in remote Australia as a teacher. She has worked in her current role as Director in the Midwest and Gascoyne region of WA for over 15 years. Jenny has had the opportunity to learn about the critical importance of promoting awareness and understanding of children’s development and the critical role of parents through building local community capacity.
Working alongside Aboriginal people, families and communities has been an invaluable experience and a privilege. Delivering and adapting the Growing Strong Brains Toolkit has been a recent highlight of Jenny’s work.
Growing Strong Brains®: An interactive toolkit to enhance the wellbeing of children in Aboriginal communities
During 2016, the GSB® toolkit was implemented and evaluated across the Goldfields region to pilot its effectiveness for increasing knowledge and understanding, in local Aboriginal communities, of early brain development. In 2018, Ngala received further funding to implement the intervention in Carnarvon using a community-based, participatory action research methodology.
The presentation will focus on the use of the toolkit by Ngala services in WA, who provide culturally appropriate parenting support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and carers.