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  • Providing resources and support for improving literacy across our community
  • Improving access to quality, affordable early learning opportunities
  • Creating safe spaces and mentoring programs for at-risk youth
  • Providing education opportunities for adults who have never had the chance to study, ultimately demonstrating the trans-formative power of education to their families and subsequent generations

Below are details of the programs we support that are working to address education needs in our community:

CAFS Mixing Bowl project

posted by pmckee, 15 Jun 2017

Mixing Bowl –  a cooking program for teens After seven weeks of this program running Child and Family Services(CAFS) have provided a brief update: “We have seven teens attending the program, two community volunteers, a CAFS staff member and Food Tech teacher. We average five teens each week; when all teens attend we silently rejoice, …read more


Volunteer with Clemente

posted by pmckee, 15 Feb 2016

Learning Partners –  tertiary Clemente United Way Ballarat partners with Australian Catholic University Ballarat (ACU), Centacare Ballarat, City of Ballarat – Ballarat Libraries, The Smith Family Ballarat and  Federation University Australia to provide this program.  The Clemente Program offers the opportunity of tertiary education for people who for many and varied reasons, have never had …read more


Mentoring of students who have a refugee background

posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2016

Assisting newly arrived children on refugee or humanitarian visas with their educational transition. Mercy Connect’s trained volunteers have an educational background and spend 3 hours per week nurturing the well-being and self esteem of these students.   Your donations at work (mid year update 2015) “Quite often we focus on the student as the person …read more


Engaging Indigenous girls and boys with Literacy

posted by pmckee, 09 Jan 2016

Your donations at work (mid year update 2015) “Anita is a young mum aged 17. She has reasonable literacy skills, but she dropped out of school because she became pregnant. She had a lovely child, which she and her family care for in the family home. Anita has always expressed a desire to finish school. …read more


Big Brothers Big Sisters: Ballarat In-School Mentoring

posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2015

Your donations at work – end of year update 2015 Kayla and Elsa’s story* “In 2015 Big Brothers Big Sisters Ballarat’s ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ spent time together: geocaching, walking the lake, going to the movies, growing vegetables, having coffee, playing with the dog, hanging out, supermarket shopping, doing craft, visiting the library, rollerblading, and… baking …read more


School Breakfast Club

posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2015

Your donations at work  (end of year update 2015) BRAD’s* story “Brad* is a young man who had been consistently getting in trouble at school. However, he began to  attend breakfast club regularly. Rather than push him away, we allowed him to help out in a practical way each day by being our designated “Milo …read more


Aspergers Teen League

posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2015

Your donations at work (mid year update 2015) New members to the Teen League group have been added during Term 2 of 2015. This has been a very positive process as the new members have been welcomed into the group without issue. The regular members of the group have encouraged the new members to get …read more


Camps for Primary Aged Children

posted by pmckee, 12 Jan 2015

Your donations at work (mid year update) “On Sunday April 6th, 2014, student leaders took 30 kids from 5 different schools in Ballarat to Werribee Zoo for a day trip. The participants and leaders travelled by Littles’ coach leaving at 8.30am and returning by 4.30pm. While the children were asked to bring a drink and …read more


Family Camp for Marginalised residents

posted by pmckee, 27 Aug 2014

Your donations at work (mid year update) 10 Volunteer leaders and 82 people attended a weekend at Norval in Halls Gap, ages ranging from 1 to 78 years and of many different cultures (Sudanese, Chinese and indigenous backgrounds).  The camp has brought many neighbours together to accept and respect each different way of life. “Every …read more


Ballarat East Community Mens Shed

posted by pmckee, 20 Aug 2014

Your donations at work (mid year update) Men’s shed members have replaced some rusty and broken water pipes, so not only have these men learnt new skills, they now have a clean drinking water supply for all attendees and visitors. Provision of improved drinking water facilities The BECS program has been providing a vital service …read more


There was a Hippopotamus in Ballarat Ice skating

posted by pmckee, 07 Aug 2014

  Hazel Edwards, author of over 200 books for children and adults visited Ballarat on the coldest day of the year. The children who heard her read her famous ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on our roof eating cake’ will certainly have fond memories of the day that it also snowed.  Hazel herself was disappointed that she …read more


L2P in the news

posted by pmckee, 05 Jun 2014


Visit from Footy Author

posted by pmckee, 02 Jun 2014

Author and Comedian David Lawrence visited Ballarat in late April and was  joined by footballers from the Roosters (North Ballarat Football Club) visiting local primary schools to promote reading, writing and of course football.  David and the footballers also made a special appearance at Collins Booksellers on Sturt Street. David co-wrote ‘Fox Swift’, the story …read more


Ballarat Autism Network – Expo

posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2014

An expo of autism specific services and autism inclusive organisations, clubs, support services, job network providers and recreational options will be held in May 2016. The expo will provide this for families, carers, people with autism and services that help meet their needs.  This year’s expo will be held at Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre. …read more



posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2014

Your donations at work (mid year update 2014) 15 students have accessed tertiary humanities classes this semester, assisted by volunteer mentors on a weekly basis. “Sandy* is a single mother with three boys.  Sandy, began with the program, initially Sandy had seen herself as “dumb” and thought she would never be able to study, let …read more




United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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