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Family Support

JPC provide a range of information sessions and workshops throughout the year to support the growth and empowerment of the Deaf Community

Pastoral workers can visit families in their homes to offer support and assistance with daily matters. All families have their ups and downs and a pastoral visit can provide confidential and encouraging support in times of difficulty.

JPC also provides regular fun activities for young Deaf families with a Signee-Tots our playgroup for Deaf parents with hearing or deaf babies and toddlers and all families that are interested in using Auslan with their families in the home.

Pastoral Care


Pastoral Care support addresses issues of spiritual, personal and community concern, enables relationships to develop with each other and in your individual faith journey, and encourages a sense of belonging to a faithful community.


Deaf people experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction, gambling,  family conflict or other issues can seek help from John Pierce Centre. The pastoral care team can work with you to find the appropriate qualified counsellor, and can help arrange an Auslan Interpreter.


In some cases, you can receive up to six free sessions with a qualified counsellor, if you ask your GP for a Mental Health Services Plan.  JPC’s pastoral worker can help to make your appointments and make sure you have an interpreter you feel comfortable with.


All dealings with confidential.


What is Counselling?


When you meet with someone for counselling you are taking a positive step towards improving your relationships with family or friends and also how you feel about yourself.  At different times in life we can feel anger, disappointment, sadness or confusion.  If you feel stuck and not sure how to improve things, counselling might help you.

  • Counselling is for families, children, young people and adults in all stages of life.

  • If you are experiencing challenges and difficulties in life, the counsellor will try to help you explore different options that might improve your situation.

  • The counsellor will support you through any pain or confusion you feel. A counsellor will not judge you or tell you what to do.

  • You will still make your own decisions and choices.

  • Counselling is confidential.

  • Counselling may be for a short time or long term.

  • Even if your partner doesn’t want to come with you, counselling can still be helpful

  • Counselling can help you understand how children experience family difficulty

  • Counselling can improve your relationship and communication with your partner and children

  • Your culture, religious beliefs or personal values will be respected. Counselling is for everyone.

Pre Marriage Program


We provide individual couples with support in preparation for their wedding. This includes the use of FOCCUS program (in Auslan on DVD) which encourages couples to discuss topics important in their relationship.



We provide a pastoral outreach to Deaf people in urban and regional Victoria. This outreach includes home and hospital visits, family support and advocacy.



JPC provides opportunities for Deaf people to gain access to information that is readily available in the general community. Get in touch with us if you need more information :

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