UNITED WAY BREAKING THE CYCLE OF DISADVANTAGE

At United Way South Australia all our activities are geared towards “Building Children’s Potential” particularly for those most disadvantaged, vulnerable and at risk communities. We do this by tackling the underlying causes of disadvantage in their community through the foundation of reading to give children and their families to a better chance in life through a good education.

Many children lack the skills and knowledge crucial for starting school ready to learn to read and furthermore parents lack the skills or resources to help their children to keep up with their peers. These children are much more likely to leave school early, without the education and experience needed to find stable employment.

United Way South Australia’s The Imagination Library program currently supports close to 600 children aged between 0-5 years old living in the Playford area which has the highest percentage of children, almost 25%, who are not prepared to start school in the area of literacy.

The solution starts at home. The Imagination Library program delivers to these children a quality book free each month, while their parents receive literacy support and resources. United Way SA also run local literacy events and activities to encourage community engagement.

Evaluations of The Imagination Library program show that children and parents are engaging in more reading activities with daily reading increasing from 10% to 60% and time spend reading more than doubling. This is not only improving their children’s pre-literacy skills but also assisting in family bonding.

The Imagination Library is delivered with support from local community services, schools and local government to reach families who are often disengaged and to hold activities in support of the monthly book distribution through the partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Penguin Books Australia.

The Imagination Library program was recognised by winning the 2017 Playford Australia Day – Community Initiative of the Year, the  2015 Northern Messenger Resilient Community Partnership Award, a Semi Finalist in the South Australian 2015 Connecting Community Award and also nominees for the South Australian Community Achievement Awards 2016 and 2018 and Finalist 2019

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