Wim­mera chil­dren cel­e­brated

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Unit­ing Wim­mera has launched a book project cel­e­brat­ing the voices of chil­dren liv­ing in the re­gion.

The We are Wim­mera project is part of Na­tional Chil­dren’s Week ac­tiv­i­ties.

Unit­ing Wim­mera sup­port for fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity man­ager Louise Nether­way said the 12-month project would cul­mi­nate in a book col­lat­ing pic­tures and words de­vel­oped by Wim­mera chil­dren.

“We are Wim­mera will cel­e­brate where we live and fo­cus on the strengths and suc­cesses of the ar­eas from the view of lo­cal chil­dren,” she said.

“Over the com­ing year we will be work­ing with chil­dren aged from three to 12 from through­out the Wim­mera, col­lect­ing a pic­ture of ‘their Wim­mera’ and fo­cus­ing on what it is that makes them smile.

“It might be their fam­ily, their friends, their town, or even their back­yard.

“This forms part of our fo­cus to bring the voices of the chil­dren and fam­i­lies we sup­port into our ser­vices.”

Project lead­ers will se­lect a range of il­lus­tra­tions from dif­fer­ent age groups and towns to fea­ture in the book, which will be avail­able to buy across the Wim­mera dur­ing Na­tional Chil­dren’s Week in 2018. Ms Nether­way said pro­ceeds from sales would go to­wards supporting vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and their fam­i­lies through fam­ily sup­port pro­grams. Con­trib­u­tors will re­ceive a free copy.

Project co-or­di­na­tor Clare Jones said books cre­ated by chil­dren, for chil­dren, helped strengthen their sense of cul­ture, lan­guage and lit­er­acy skills.

“Through this project we hope to un­leash some lo­cal chil­dren’s cre­ativ­ity, en­gage them in read­ing, writ­ing and sto­ry­telling, and sup­port their learn­ing and self-con­fi­dence,” she said.

“Most im­por­tantly We are Wim­mera will cre­ate a sense of self-be­long­ing and is an ex­am­ple of how we are forg­ing ahead de­spite a pe­riod of change.

“We hope the com­mu­nity em­braces it and gets in­volved by tak­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­trib­ute art­work.”

Or­gan­is­ers have en­cour­aged chil­dren and their fam­i­lies seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion to visit a Unit­ing Wim­mera stand at North­fest Fam­ily Fun Fes­ti­val at Cor­nell Park in Hor­sham on Satur­day. Peo­ple can also call Ms Jones at Unit­ing Wim­mera on 5362 4000.

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