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Now & Next • Thursday

Thursday 1 August @ 8:00 pm 10:00 pm AEST


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Lasting positive change for your child and family

Now & Next is an innovative, award-winning online program for all parents, carers and grandparents of children with a delay in their development or disability. As parents or carers, you will make the most significant difference in your child’s life.
Now & Next gives you the practical skills to do this.

Learn how to set goals and reach them through this innovative program delivered by parents for parents.

This 8-session evidence-based program delivered via video conference will provide you with the tools to achieve positive outcomes for your child and your whole family.

Facilitated by Parents Like You

Now & Next is facilitated by trained and knowledgeable parents who are Peer Workers. Like you, peer workers all have children with a disability or developmental delay – a lived personal experience – and are employed to support parents and families who face similar situations.
Every peer worker has graduated from the Now & Next Facilitator Training program. It is the first ‘by families, for families’ program of its kind – with more than 1000 alumni in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Finland, Singapore and Albania.

Program overview

The program is delivered in eight sessions of 2 hours each, held over eight weeks.
Through interactive and engaging activities, you will:

Session 1: Create a long-term vision and set goals, and prioritise goals for your child’s family and self using our unique Pictability™ tool, which will lay down the foundations for a positive future for your child.
Session 2 and 3: Use our Goal to Action™ coaching tool to set three goals for you and your child (and reach them!).
Session 4: Identify your signature strengths and learn how to use them to achieve your goals.
Session 5: Focus on the areas where you can make the biggest difference to your child and family’s life using the Now & Next Mindfulness colouring-in book.
Session 6: Understand ‘flourishing’ and which practices can enhance the well-being of different people, then learn how to increase the well-being and resilience of yourself, your child and your family.
Session 7: Learn how to partner and create positive relationships with professionals, thereby increasing your personal agency, well-being and family resilience.
Session 8: Review your toolkit and practice situations in which tools can be most effective.

Internationally acclaimed

This unique program is internationally recognised as groundbreaking. Based on principles of adult learning, it was developed using the evidence of positive psychology, family leadership, gamification and family-centred practice.

Using tools specifically designed for the program, participants choose outcomes and work towards them with new clarity and purpose.

This program is for

Parents, family members and primary carers of children with disability, developmental delay or neurodivergence aged 0-12 years old.


1x weekly online sessions; 2 hours each;
It is required that parents/carers be available to attend all eight sessions.
From Thursday 1 August to Thursday 19 September8pm to 10pm* AEST/NSW time
*Please adjust to your local time zone


by Sunday, 21 July
Groups are subject to cancellation due to low RSVP.


This event is held online using Zoom. Instructions will be emailed to you closer to the event date. If you have accessibility needs, please advise during registration.


Now & Next groups are currently free for families in Australia with or without NDIS funding. (For NDIS families, the program usually costs $1,133.92 AUD)

For families in New Zealand and the rest of the world: Please contact Eram at eram@plumtree.org.au for more details

Additional info


All material necessary to participate in this program will be mailed to you once your registration has been confirmed and finalised with a Now & Next team member.

Log in details

Once registered, we will provide further details closer to the date, including the link to join the session. You will need a good internet connection to attend.

Certificate of Completion

We encourage your involvement and interaction during each session to get the best learning experience from this program. For attendees needing a certificate of attendance, we require the camera to be used during all eight sessions to confirm attendance and engagement in each session.


We want all families to engage fully in our Now & Next program. Everyone is welcome! This includes parents or carers who have a disability or neurodiversity, have a medical condition, or speak English as a second language. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your participation more successful.

Contact details

For more information about the dates and details of our next course, or if you represent an organization interested in hosting Now & Next or making group bookings, please contact the Now & Next team at nowandnext@plumtree.org.au or call us at (02) 9572 8840.

We recommend families attend only 1 course at a time to focus on the learning outcomes.

Plumtree is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation that helps families thrive.

Trusted for over 30 years, we provide therapies and support for children aged birth to 8 years with a disability or developmental delay and their families. Our free online and centre-based playgroups and parent educational programs support all families. At Plumtree Preschool, children of all abilities and cultural backgrounds learn together and begin to understand the value of inclusive communities.

Plumtree’s passionate, culturally diverse team of specialists work from the heart in a caring environment where families feel respected and informed.

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