Barnardos has a range of programs that could be supported including our work within the Aboriginal community – the most disadvantaged group in Australia. We run a number of culturally appropriate education programs for Aboriginal children aimed at both improving numeracy and literacy and also building their self- confidence, personal hygiene, social skills to break this cycle of disadvantage. We also support parents and give them the skills to look after their children to prevent family breakdown. Other projects include work with families who have children with a disability and are finding it difficult to manage. We also have a number of youth programs which work with teenagers at risk or suffering from issues such as homelessness, dropping out of school, using harmful substances and engaging in anti social behaviour.
- $5,000 will pay for a weekend camp for 6-10 children with disabilities.
- $10,000 – help fund a homework centre 2 afternoons a week for teenagers on a housing estate in Penrith. It is designed to keep teenagers in school and offer support with the personal issues and problems they are facing.
- $30,000 would fund two Trainee Aboriginal Early Childhood Educators to help run 4 playgroups in Western NSW for both parents and their children, for 1 year. Aimed at teaching parents how to interact with and care for their children. Will support 60 at risk Aboriginal children aged 0-5 and their parents.
- $41,565 - Fund part time employment of a suitably experienced and acknowledged Aboriginal elder to provide culturally appropriate education and mentoring support to 40 local, highly disadvantaged Aboriginal primary school students. Vital component to ensure the children take pride in their culture and identity, giving them the confidence to succeed.