Communities, Children and Families Australia (Queensland University of Technology – QUT)
Since the Labor Party came to government federally in 2007, it was concerned with addressing entrenched social and economic disadvantage. In its first term it adopted the concept of ‘social inclusion’, which has long been in use in the United Kingdom and other European Union nations (Jones & Smyth, 1999; Weiss, 2003).
It is used as a central organising principle for its social policy goal of building a “stronger, fairer nation”; one in which all Australians have the opportunity and support to fully participate in social and economic life (Commonwealth of Australia, 2009).
The agenda for change identified the need to build a fairer society in which, “those currently facing disadvantage have improved opportunities for education, health, work and wellbeing and that all Australians enjoy improved quality of life” (Commonwealth of Australia, 2009, p 5).
The profile of Australians acknowledged as most at risk of not fully accessing opportunities is similar to those in other OECD nations: children are high on the list, young children, Indigenous children and children whose parents are affected by mental health problems, family violence, substance use and/or homelessness.
Your donation to this year’s annual ART4refugees fundraiser will help ensure refugee mothers with young children don’t miss out on English classes, a critical component of the resettlement process. This innovative program is to be run by the award-winning Wollongong charity SCARF (Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families).
“Mothers of infant children often have to forego attendance at English classes for 12-24 months as they care for their child”, SCARF program coordinator Sharyn Mackenzie said. “This program will impact them in a targeted and positive way by addressing their specific language and child care requirements in its program design”.
ART4refugees will be held this year at The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS) over the weekend of 27th to 29th September. Organisers are now calling for donations of art works and will happily accept paintings, photographs, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and ceramics. Artworks can be donated by the artist themselves or by someone wanting a piece they own to go to a new home.
Artists include ceramicist Susan Smith (pictured), whose works are a sell out every year, as well as works by Paul Ryan, Sallie Moffatt and Idris Murphy.
For more information see http://www.art4refugees.org.au
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