Parallel Learning Playgroups


AVWA is running 7 extremely popular playgroups in Richmond, Collingwood, Footscray, Sunshine, St. Albans, Delahey and Springvale. Our Parallel Learning Playgroups, funded by the Department of Social Services and other funding bodies, present a bilingual program to strengthen family relationships while addressing educational disadvantages by supporting Vietnamese families in low socio-economic suburbs. Reading and speaking skills in both English & Vietnamese are fostered through participation in singing, reading, bilingual story telling, playing games, dancing and other structured activities in a playgroup setting. Australian and Vietnamese volunteers led by qualified staff help ensure children reach a high level of bilingualism and smoothly transition to kindergarten and primary schools while their mothers learn to socialise and practice their English language skills in a supportive setting.

Location and schedule:

1.St. Albans

  • Mondays, 10:00am – 12:00pm St Albans Heights Primary School, Stradbroke Drive, St. Albans,  VIC 3021, Ms. Thao Tran 0423 188 789
  • Mondays, 10:00am – 12:00pm St Albans Meadow Primary School, 2 Laurel Street, St Albans, VIC 3021, Ms. Phuong Kim Chenh 0403325931
  • Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 12:00pm Holy Eucharist Primary School, Good Shepherd Community House, 168 Main Rd E, ST ALBANS, VIC 3021, Ms. Tien Pham 0469 410 595

2. Footscray: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Community Hall, St. Andrews, Uniting Church 304 Barkly Street, Footscray, VIC 3011, Ms. Thuy Pham 0423 390 187

3. Collingwood: Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Abbotsford Primary School, Lithgow Street, Abbotsford, VIC 3067, Ms. Thuy Pham 0423 390 187

4. Richmond: Thursdays: 10:00am - 12:00 pm, North Richmond Community Health Centre, 23 Lennox St, Nth Richmond, VIC 3121, Ms. Thuy Pham 0423 390 187

5. Sunshine: Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:00pm, Duke Street Community House, 27 Duke St, Sunshine, VIC 3020, Ms. Thuy Pham 0423 390 187

6. Delahey: Fridays, 10:00 am to 12:00pm, Delahey Community Centre, 80 Copperfield Drive, Delahey, VIC 3037, Ms. Tien Pham 0469 410 595

7. Springvale: 

  • Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Springvale Rise Primary School32-52 Wareham Street, Campus Springvale, VIC 3171, Ms. Tina Vo 9546 2699  
  • Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Lexington Gardens Aged Care, 18 Villa Road, Springvale, VIC 3171, Ms. Tina Vo 9546 2699

Activities will not occur during school holidays