HELPING KIDS TO GROW AND LEARN: NATIONAL FAMILIES WEEK 2012

The 10th National Families Week will commence on Tuesday next week – 15 May, with events being held until Monday 21 May. Over 115,000 people have registered to participate in local events across Australia.

According to Families Australia Chief Executive Brian Babington, the aim of National Families Week 2012 is to celebrate the vital role that families play in children’s wellbeing.

“This year’s theme Families make all the difference: helping kids to grow and learn creates an opportunity for everyone to think about the critical role families play in helping children to develop, learn and grow, and reflect on the influence families have on a child’s development.”

“All Australians, including community organisations, schools, councils, companies and individuals are invited to participate in National Families Week.”

National Families Week is timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May. This day is observed by the United Nations to mark the importance placed on families as the most fundamental units of society, as well as to show the international community’s concern of family issues in many parts of the world. The United Nations theme for the 2012 International Day of Families is Ensuring Work Family Balance.

National Families Week is funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). The Department of Human Services is also promoting National Families Week and providing support through its national network.

To see the list of registered public National Families Week events in your local area and the list of NFW Ambassadors go to http://www.familiesaustralia.org.au/familiesweek/index.htm

Contact Brian Babington, Chief Executive Officer
Suite 3, 7 National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600
M: 0417 550 149
P: 02 6273 4885
www.familiesaustralia.org.au