UCVT senior manager Marie Howard has been elected chair to head up Tweddle, an early parenting centre that helps parents who are in urgent need of therapeutic support.
Marie who has been on the board since 2010 and deputy chair for the past three years said she is excited to chair the board.
“I was really pleased to get the support of my peers who I hold in such high regard,” Marie said.
“I am really proud our work at Tweddle links in really well with UnitingCare. We’re both committed to helping vulnerable families.”
Marie takes on her new role as the centre embarks on an extensive redevelopment.
“The site in Footscray is 95 years old and requires a lot of renovations,” she said.
“We had a master plan drawn up to cater for people in times of need. We’re hoping to build new self- contained units so parents can stay overnight.”
The board is made up of 12 members, with the Health Minister Jill Hennessy approving all the appointments.
Staff include psychologists, nurses and early childhood workers. The centre aims to give parents support during a crisis.
Tweddle has helped many parents who struggle with challenges that come with being new parents, some of whom also struggle with a range of issues including domestic violence and drug addiction.