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National Families Week 2015

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National Families Week 2015 will be held from Friday 15 May to Thursday 21 May 2015 (coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May).

The aim of National Families Week 2015 is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. The 2015 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’.

This year’s theme highlights the important role families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.

National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family life. Let’s take the time to reflect on the critical role that families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing children, especially as they grow.

Each year, tens of thousands of people and hundreds of organisations celebrate National Families Week – Australia’s annual celebration of families. In 2014, over 130,000 people participated in National Families Week registered events around Australia, illustrating the importance of families within the community.

For more information on Families Week events in your state or territory, please visit the Families Australia website.

Nominations for the 2015 Play Your Part Awards are now open!

The Play Your Part Awards seek to recognise individuals, communities and organisations from each State and Territory that have played their part to prevent child abuse and neglect through promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Australia.

Nominations for the 2015 Play Your Part Awards are now open! Follow this link for more information and to download nomination forms.

Youth For Change Conference 2015

The Youth for Change conference is proudly hosted by CREATE Foundation, the peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people in out-of-home care. CREATE provides programs and services to create a better life for children and young people in care. The Youth for Change conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 2nd – 4th October 2015 and is open to all children and young people in care in Australia. The conference will also be open to and appealing for carers, government officials and those working in the sector.

The overall purpose of Youth for Change: creating a better future, is to provide an international forum for young people with a care experience to learn and grow, build self-confidence, and to connect with their peers and those working within the system. The collective aim is to enhance community awareness and to reduce the stigma associated with children and young people with a care experience and to provide them with an avenue to feel empowered, informed, and to have a say and be heard.

For more information or to register your place, please visit http://youthforchange.create.org.au/