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What We Do                                       

United Way South Australia helps improve the literacy of young South Australian, so every child has the chance to start school strong.

United Way Australia hold the licence to operate The Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Australia, which has been in operation for over 25 years across the globe.

The Imagination Library is an early literacy program that provides the gift of a monthly book pack to children aged birth to 5 years. Each book pack contains a new, quality, age appropriate book with reading aids/tools for parents/carers to help engage their child with reading. The pack is sent directly to the home, addressed to the child, every month. The books are carefully selected each year by a panel of experienced early childhood educators to ensure maximum results.

United Way South Australia also provide regular free reading and craft sessions for families to attend through Possum’s Playhouse. Children attending have the opportunity to listen to books being read and fun craft activities to engage the child and create the love of reading and story telling.

United Way South Australia also provide book boxes to community partners, schools and other organisations that help assist with children and their development.

The program begin in 2014 and to date United Way South Australia have provided over 30,000 books to more than 1200 children across 10 suburbs. Plus provided an additional 60,000+ free books at community events and through community partners.

OUR APPROACH                                 

United Way South Australia believe that the postcode people are born in should not determine their destiny.

The causes of entrenched community disadvantage in South Australia are complex, with no single organisation being able to solve these issues alone. Our approach is to unite and work with the community, business, philanthropy, government, and social purpose organisations to improve education outcomes in communities of disadvantage. Collaboration is a key component to ensure we are all working to a brighter future for everyone.

WHO WE ARE                                        

United Way South Australia is proud to be one of nearly 1800 United Ways in 41 countries and territories around the world and was establish in South Australia in 1973.

Globally, United Way has been improving lives and strengthening communities for more than 125 years. We are supported by 70,000 companies world wide, including more than 280 Fortune 500 corporations, because United Way has a proven track record of positive impact and continuous innovation.

United Way South Australia has a strong community presence in the local Playford Council area and collaborate with many community service provides.

United Way South Australia has recently relocated the head office to Elizabeth City Centre which also has Possum’s Playhouse.




Possum’s Playhouse @ Elizabeth City Centre


1:00 pm to 2:30 pm


 3:30 pm to 5:00pm


1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Free family fun. Craft and reading, music and playing. 

Located upstairs in the Raleigh Chambers (lift access next door to William’s Shoes)

To keep up to date with what is happening in at Possum’s Playhouse, be sure to follow Possum’s Playhouse on Facebook


United Way South Australia is also please to announce that this year we are apart of the TelethonSA Home Lottery. 

Don’t miss your chance to win a Melisi Projects home at The Square at Woodville West valued at $612,000, Includes a $20,000 Taste Furniture Voucher.

The 2021 TelethonSA Melisi Projects Home Lottery at The Square at Woodville West is now on!

We are South Australia’s original and longest-running Home Lottery, celebrating our 60th year in 2021.

For just $10 or $50 for a book of six tickets you will be in the running to win:

First Prize:

A Melisi Projects Home at The Square at Woodville West, including a $20,000 voucher from Taste Furniture, valued at $612,000.

Second Prize:

A brand new MG CORE3 from Newspot Motors, valued at $17,000.

Third Prize:

$5,000 Cash.

Book Buyers/Sellers Prize:

$5,000 cash.

And if you enter before midnight on Sunday 16 May you will also be in the running for the

Early Bird Prize

 MG CORE3 from Newspot Motors, valued at $17,000.

For your chance to win, purchase your tickets by clicking here:


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