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The Smith Family


The Smith Family

Vincent State School
Block B (upper level)
Hodges Crescent
Vincent  Q 4814
P:  07 4725 4052
F: 07 4728 6706
Hours:  8.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday

Catherine Schurbert    M: 0427 225 540

Web: http://www.thesmithfamily.com.au/

Contributing to a better future for young Australians in need.

Education is a driver of real and powerful change that can break the cycle of disadvantage. Over the last year, thanks to the support of thousands of generous Australians, and the dedication of our staff and volunteers, we provided education-oriented learning and support programs to more than 112,000 disadvantaged Australian children and their families.  The initiative aims to improve health, wellbeing and development outcomes for the children 0 - 12yrs who live in the Townsville suburbs of Currajong, Garbutt, Gulliver Heatles and Vincent to reach their full potential.

The Smith Family - Lets Read
This program aims to encourage parents/caregivers to have fun reading with their children from birth to five years.  It is based on research from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and is designed to development the building blocks to help children lern to read and write when they start school. It also aims to increse bonding between parents/caregivers and their children through the shared reading experience.

Contact: Fiona McCarthy - Project Officer
E:  fiona.mccarthy@thesmithfamily.com.au

Web:http://www.letsread.com.au/

The Smith Family - Saver Plus
Saver Plus is a matched savings and financial literacy program, helping families on low incomes, improve their financial knowledge, build a long-term savings habit and save for their children's education. As part of the program, every dollar saved by participants is matched by ANZ dollar for dollar up to $500 in matched funds.

Contact: Nikki Storey - Saver Plus Program
P:  07 4775 7138
E: nikki.storey@thesmithfamily.com.au
 

The Smith Family - Learning for Life Program
This program supports disadvantaged children and young people all the way through their education, from pre-school and primary school, to senior school and on to tertiary studies, iif they choose.  This holistic, long term support gives young Australians the assistancce they need to develop vital life skills, stay engaged in their education and have the best chance to relaise their full potential.  Support is provided to disadvantaged children and young people in three main ways:

  • through Learning for Life Workers who connect them to learning opportunities in their local community and alos encourage them to fully participate in their education
  • by enabling access to the The Smith Family literacy progrms
  • mentoring support and
  • through financial assistance to help families afford the cost of their childrens essential education items.