What We Do                                       

United Way South Australia is supporting young South Australian children improve their literacy, so every child has the chance to start school strong.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library in our primary program, 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 home delivered 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.

Check to see if The Imagination Library is available in your suburb today https://imaginationlibrary.com/au/

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 engage with reading and fun craft activities. It is a welcoming space for all families of the community.

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 45,000 books to more than 1900 children across 12 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                                        

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

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 Playgroup @ Elizabeth City Centre


1:00 pm to 2:30 pm


 10:00 am to 11:30 am


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 https://www.facebook.com/PossumsPlayhouse


Possum’s Free Arts and Craft @

The Colonnades, Noarlunga

First Wednesday of every month

10 am to 12 pm,

outside Best and Less


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