Helping others rewarding for a busy Abbotsbury mother

AN ABBOTSBURY mother has dedicated her life to changing the lives of some of Sydney's most needy children.

Silvana Lofaro is a mother of triplets and works with Save the Children Australia as a life skills mentor at Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre.

Many of the young people she works with come from challenging backgrounds, suffering abuse, neglect or loneliness.

Mrs Lofaro said the main aim of the program was to improve the skills and wellbeing of vulnerable young people through informal education and to reduce the number of young people in detention.

"But the biggest job I do is listening," she said.

"We give these young people in detention an opportunity to start down a new path in their lives.

"They're still children and we're a positive influence in their lives. We all deserve a second, third or fourth chance."

Mrs Lofaro said the life skills program can be relevant to all youth.

"I support so many young people who stopped going to school or stopped paying attention because it was too hard," she said.

"Instead of asking for help or looking 'stupid' they became bullies or were bullied, they became the class clown or just didn't go to school.

"This is when our children need us the most."

She said juggling work and seven-year-old triplets can sometimes be a balancing act.

"As a mother of triplets it just doesn't feel like it stops — if it's not one child it's the other," she said.

"I'm extremely grateful to be working for such a wonderful organisation and to also have an incredible boss who is flexible, supportive and strongly encourages the work-life balance. I love being a mum and I love my job. Both are very rewarding."

Details: savethechildren.org.au.

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