Hon Paul Miles MLA

Hon Paul Miles MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

    Grants support Children’s Week events in WA

    24/10/2016 4:35 PM
    • Liberal National Government grants support 11 events in regional WA
    • Children's Week runs from October 22 to 30, 2016 

    A total of 11 regional community groups and local governments will host Children's Week events this week thanks to grants from the Liberal National Government.


    As part of its ongoing support to Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation Inc., the State Government provided $23,000 in grants to support Children's Week events in regional WA and at Meerilinga's six centres in metropolitan Perth.


    Community Services Minister Paul Miles said the grants would enable children and their families right across the State, to take part in Children's Week celebrations.


    "Children's Week is a chance for communities to get involved in a variety of activities to facilitate, support and encourage children and their families to play, learn and grow together," Mr Miles said.


    "Meerilinga has been the convener of Children's Week in WA for the past three decades and the Government is pleased to partner with the foundation to enable children in regional and remote communities to celebrate this important week.


    "I am confident these events will bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike."


    Events being made possible through the Children's Week grants program include a superhero themed community fun day, a circus and dance workshop, a teddy bear's picnic and a Halloween disco.


    "There are going to be some wonderfully fun-filled days in the coming week, as well as some very informative information sessions on parenting and child development," the Minister said.


    Fact File

    • In 2015, the Liberal National Government provided almost $18 million in funding to parenting and children services
    • For more information on Children's Week, visit https://www.childrensweekwa.org.au 

    Minister's office - 6552 6600


    Children's Week 2016 - Regional grant recipients


    Carnarvon Children's Week Family Fun Day (Carnarvon)  

    Gascoyne Early Years Network will host the 'Superheroes in our Community' family fun day, bringing together local businesses and services (including doctors, nurses, vets and emergency services) to provide an opportunity for families to celebrate, play and discover with their family and their community.


    Children's Week Engaging Adolescents Course (Esperance)

    Escare Incorporated will be offering a two-session course for parents, carers, professionals and interested community members during Children's Week 2016.  In addition, there will also be a full day practitioners' course delivered by Behaviour Tonics providing parents with practical parenting advice and information.


    Children's Week Learning and Celebrating Together (Jerramungup)

    During Children's Week 2016, the Jerramungup Community Resource Centre will be hosting three events - a circus and dance skill workshops led by artists from Southern Edge Arts, a Teddy Bear's Picnic at Roe Park and a colouring contest involving students from local schools.


    Children's Week Youth Fun Day (Waroona)

    The Waroona Youth Advisory Council will host a day full of fun activities for all children from pre-primary right through to Year 12 students.  The activities include a cooking workshop, face painting, a colouring competition, bouncy castles and a Halloween disco.


    Children's Week Community and Family Fun Day (Fitzroy Crossing)

    The Baya Gawiy Early Childhood Learning Unit (Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource Centre) will host a family and community fun day.  A time capsule containing a variety of memorabilia, photographs and children's work will be buried, not to be opened until 2036.


    Children's Week Brain Talk Workshop (Mount Magnet)

    The Roman Catholic Bishop of Geraldton Centacare Family Services will host Brain Talk - a workshop for parents and caregivers about the brain development in children from 0 to 12 years of age. The two-hour workshop is open to any interested parents/caregivers or other interested community professionals. 


    Children's Week at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre (Serpentine)

    The Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre will be hosting a range of activities for families to participate in throughout Children's Week including a bingo treasure hunt, a craft afternoon, a cooking session and a family disco.


    Children's Week Undalup Bardimia Gathering (Busselton)

    The Undalup Association understands the importance the Bardimia campsite was to many of the West Australian Aboriginal people and recently were granted permission to hold a Corroboree gathering event on the site.  This event will serve as a form of healing, with an opportunity to share stories and record the history for future documentaries and movies.


    SciTech Early Childhood Workshop (Tammin)

    The Tammin Playgroup will host this unique travelling program which encourages adults and young children to play, explore and discover together.  Children from birth to kindergarten will be shown how to use their senses to understand the world around them and discover how they are being scientists every day. 


    Celebrate Children's Week at Milligan (Bunbury)

    The aim of holding this event for Children's Week at Milligan is to encourage and celebrate family connection across the Milligan Community Learning and Resource Centre's programs and services.  Celebrate Children's Week at Milligan is an afternoon event for families and the community to come together, share food, get to know each other and engage in fun and creative activities.


    Nannup Children's Week Activities (Nannup)

    The Shire of Nannup is inviting young people and their families to see the newly renovated youth space and to participate in activities after school during Children's Week.  The program includes art-monotype printmaking, a design workshop, a mosaic workshop and a drumming circle.



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