STRONGER FAMILIES, STRONGER COMMUNITIES: NATIONAL FAMILIES WEEK 2014

National Families Week 2014 will be held from Thursday 15 May to Wednesday 21 May 2014.

The aim of National Families Week 2014 – the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family – is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. The 2014 theme is ‘Stronger families, stronger communities‘.

According to Families Australia Chief Executive Brian Babington, “This year’s theme highlights the important role that families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.”

“All Australians, including community organisations, schools, councils, companies and individuals, are invited to participate in National Families Week. This year over 130,000 people are participating in National Families Week registered events around Australia, illustrating the importance of families within the community.”

National Families Week is supported and promoted by 34 Ambassadors who are prominent Australians with varied interests and who are aware of the importance of families and communities to the wellbeing of all Australians.

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 for family issues in many parts of the world. 2014 is the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family.

Families Australia is a national, member-based, not-for-profit organisation which works to promote a national policy environment in which the needs and interests of families, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised, can be heard and addressed. National Families Week is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS).

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