Children's Week 2016

Do as Mem Fox does and Read Aloud !

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New Website Coming Soon

United Way SA will over the coming weeks be unveiling a new website. It will have a similar look and feel to the other Australian United Way affiliates but will focus on the great work being undertaken by the staff and volunteers in South Australia.

This is just the start of building our on-line presence so that we can communicate better with you about our programs such as our early childhood literacy program United We Read and our Read Aloud – Every Child Every Day campaign to encourage reading for all. 
Keep up with us on Facebook @ReadAloudAustralia. For our keen Bingo Players, who help raise funds to support our activities and events, follow us at United Way Bingo.

The Power of One
The first day of school is such a milestone day and with a child’s readiness for school on day one being a predictor for future success at school, it is indeed an important day. 

Meet Amber, who this year stood on the school ground for her One Day moment at school. Was she ready for school or was she not?

Community Impact Coordinator, Kerry Davies, reports on a success story from the United We Read campaign. Read More

10th Annual Children’s Zoo Day 

Great weather complimented over 1,000 smiles as families dealing with significant life challenges enjoyed a day at the Zoo on Sunday 3rd April 2016 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event and the launch of Read Aloud.

So many of the life’s opportunities: an education, a fulfilling job, a role in our community, all depend on our ability to read.  By linking our Children’s Zoo Day to our early childhood literacy community impact program United We Read, and now through our Read Aloud campaign we are able to share the importance of reading aloud to children with our client families as well as the general public to better prepare children to start school ready to Read learn and Succeed. At United Way SA we aim to build children’s potential and we see Reading Aloud to Every Child Every Day as a great start to every child’s life.

Minister for Education, Hon. Susan Close, our reading Ambassador and international children’s author, Mem Fox and 891 radio personality Peter Goers, our MC for the day, (seen above with Percy & Penny possum) launched Read Aloud Australia and the general public were treated to celebrity storytelling on the main lawn throughout the afternoon. 

What families said after last year’s Zoo Day…
"We had a brilliant day! Wyatt is 8 years old and Declan is 10 years old. Both have Autism. Thank you so very much we rarely get out to events, so to be able to attend something like this where people won't stare or pass judgement was fantastic! Thanks again, Amanda”

In line with our ethos of "Building children’s potential” our work over the past two years, with more than 300 SA children under the age of five, has focused on improving pre-literacy skills especially through reading to littlies, in the home and empowering parents as their child’s first educator to better prepare children for school. 

Early results from the UnitedWeRead program are positive, the frequency of reading daily to a child increased amongst our families from 10% to 60% and the length of time the child is read to has doubled.

United Way South Australia 

United Way Worldwide is a global network of not for profit organisations in 41 countries, which mobilises the ‘caring power’ of local communities to help people realise their full potential. For 126 years, we have worked to create lasting change to the root causes of our most pressing social problems. Our work is focused on the building blocks for a good quality life: A good Education is essential to getting and keeping a job to live independently. An adequate Income to pay for life’s necessities and save for the future provides families with some sense of financial stability. Access to quality Health care keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work.

United Way galvanises people and organisations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. In Australia last year we raised $5.9 million, mobilising 3,400 volunteers to support 18,000 people in need. Across the country we partnered with over 240 Community Partners and 300 Corporate Partners to work together to build the Common Good in our local communities by Giving, Advocating and Volunteering.

United Way SA envisions a world where all children achieve their potential through Education, Income Stability and Healthy lives. With our Tag Line of "Building Children's Potential" in mind, all our activities are geared towards this goal.

Our Community Impact mission is to mobilise communities to create lasting change in community conditions that improve lives.

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