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Inspiring Social Innovation in my garden

posted by United Way, 17 Oct 2011

A few weekends ago whilst weeding in the garden I listened to a program that talked about one of the most impressive Social Innovations I have heard of for a long time. Read more

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NSW: Good Beginnings Helping Before the Problems Show

posted by United Way, 12 Oct 2011

To address the issue of young people disengaging from school and instead helping them strengthen their capacity for the future, UWA formed a coalition with Good Beginnings and invested in key school programs. Good Beginnings provides practical, community-based parenting support programs to ensure children get the best start in life. It targets children in vulnerable …read more

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SA – Jumping beans to help kids catch up? CanDo4Kids thinks so.

posted by United Way, 11 Oct 2011

CanDo4Kids has developed a movement assessment and early intervention program for children between the ages of 3 and 16. It is used to identify children who are significantly behind their peers in motor development – the skills needed to carry out tasks like tying shoelaces, writing, balancing, catching a ball, walking and jumping. The younger …read more

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VIC: Good Beginnings

posted by United Way, 10 Oct 2011

Like in NSW United Way has also partnered with Good Beginnings in Doveton (Victoria) where we support their ‘Let’s Read’ program. Let’s Read has been incorporated into the existing parenting groups that Good Beginnings helps and offers ongoing early childhood learning support and parenting education and encouragement to disadvantaged families. As a result of our …read more

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WA: The Boost Program – Help your Child to Read and Spell

posted by United Way, 07 Oct 2011

In Perth, United Way has collaborated with CLAN Midland (Community Links and Networks) and the Dyslexia- SPELD Foundation to deliver key education initiatives. UWA supports a number of CLAN Midland programs including Families and Schools Together (FAST), Baby FAST, Let’s Read and Parental Guidance Recommended and Food Cents – all which involve engaging and working …read more

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United Way Australia Helping Children Reach their potential

posted by United Way, 06 Oct 2011

The Issue: Good literacy, numeracy and social skills are essential for children to be in the best position to start school. Without them, they can experience difficulties that have life-long impacts. Impacts like: not completing school, leading to unemployment or fewer job opportunities developing behavioural problems or mental health issues, resulting in social integration difficulties …read more

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NSW – Creating financial stability and independence for young people

posted by United Way, 05 Oct 2011

The Beacon Foundation provides best practice programs that engage local business to provide more opportunities for volunteer work, site tours and student mentoring – giving students an insight into and inspiration for life after school. We’ve formed long term partnerships with these schools and in 2011 we are funding The Beacon Foundation’s programs working across …read more

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QLD – Goodna State School and the Step into Prep Playgroup

posted by United Way, 04 Oct 2011

The Step into Prep Playgroup was launched to better prepare pre-school children for their first day of school and create positive, worthwhile and meaningful childcare experiences for them and their families. Goodna Integrated Family Support, Noah’s Ark, Edmund Rice Camps and United Way have formed a coalition to further develop early education strategies and programs. …read more

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NSW – Improving young people’s wellbeing

posted by United Way, 03 Oct 2011

We have formed a Health Coalition with Weave and The Inspire Foundation to focus on the needs of young people suffering from mental health disorders. Our work includes: focusing on a project called Reach Out, a digital story-telling program which develops stories that positively inform and support young people with managing mental illness and sexual …read more

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