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The Smith Family Charity

published  First Published: 15/05/2011
Article written by: Elissa Shuey

 

The Smith Family Charity is a national, independent children's charity helping disadvantaged children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.

No one would deny that children are Australia’s most vulnerable and precious resource, yet right now one in seven are living in disadvantage* and are unable to access the same educational, health or life opportunities that many of us enjoy and often take for granted. When children are left out, they get left behind and without support, the disadvantage they experience today is likely to continue into adulthood – and on to the next generation.

The Smith Family Charity believe that education is the key to changing lives. As research has shown, supporting a child’s education is one of the most effective ways of breaking the cycle of disadvantage and ensuring they can access the same learning opportunities as their peers.

At the centre of The Smith Family work, and the heart of the organisation, is a belief in the power and possibilities of relationships. For disadvantaged children to thrive, many of whom are growing up in lone parent and jobless households, they need to be connected to, and supported by, an extended family.

The Smith Family Learning for Life program supports disadvantaged children and young people all the way through their education, from pre-school and primary school, to senior school and on to tertiary studies if they choose. This holistic, long term support gives Australian children the assistance they need to develop vital life skills, stay engaged in their education and have the best chance to realise their potential.

The Smith Family Learning for Life support is provided to disadvantaged children and young people in three main ways: through Learning for Life Workers, who connect them to learning opportunities in their local community and also encourage them to fully participate in their education; by enabling access to Smith Family literacy programs and mentoring support; and through financial assistance to help families afford the cost of their children’s essential education items.

The Smith Family Charity Learning for Life program support not only disadvantaged children but also their families who provide the crucial nurturing relationships and supportive learning environments that children need. Parents can access education opportunities themselves to help them develop and build their own skills and abilities.

Learning for Life is informed by research and made possible through The Smith Family’s network of strong partnerships with other organisations and individuals working towards its vision of a more caring and cohesive Australia.

The Smith Family’s work in 95 Australian communities is extended and enhanced by the 20,000 members of VIEW Clubs of Australia together with nearly 6,800 volunteers from the community and its corporate partners, who volunteer their time and energy to ensure the organisation reaches children in need.

For details on how you can help make Australia a better place for all Australian children, and for more information on The Smith Family please visit http://www.thesmithfamily.com.au

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*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2009). Labour force, Australia: Labour force status and other characteristics of families, Jun 2009, cat. no. 6224.0.55.001.

 

 

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Mike Weston
16 Jun 2011 21:06:32

The Smith Family childrens charity and the "learning for life" program is definately worth getting behind. If you only donate to one charity this year; make a donation to The Smith Family Charity!