New book gives voice to chil­dren

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera peo­ple can read a new book cel­e­brat­ing the voices of the re­gion’s chil­dren fol­low­ing a launch at Hor­sham Li­brary dur­ing Na­tional Chil­dren’s Week.

Unit­ing Wim­mera project worker Scott Robin­son said We are Wim­mera was the cul­mi­na­tion of 12 months’ work, com­bin­ing cre­ative pic­tures and words bound only by the imag­i­na­tion of Wim­mera chil­dren.

“We are Wim­mera cel­e­brates where we live and fo­cuses on the strengths and suc­cesses of the re­gion from the view of lo­cal chil­dren,” he said.

“In the past year we have been work­ing with chil­dren from three to 12 years of age who hail from var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the Wim­mera, col­lect­ing art­work that rep­re­sents their view of life here and what makes them smile.

“What the chil­dren came up with was amaz­ing, in fact we had way too many to fit them all in the book.

“In the end, we se­lected cre­ative pieces that rep­re­sented a vast range of chil­dren of var­i­ous ages and lo­ca­tions in the Wim­mera.

“The art­works were then pro­fes­sion­ally pho­tographed to cap­ture their full essence and now make up the pages of We are Wim­mera.”

Mr Robin­son said the book had been well re­ceived by chil­dren through­out the week dur­ing Unit­ing Wim­mera vis­its to schools at Kaniva, Hor­sham, Stawell, Ru­pa­nyup and Dim­boola.

“The book forms part of our fo­cus to bring the voices of the chil­dren and fam­i­lies we sup­port into our ser­vices,” he said.

“Books cre­ated by chil­dren, for chil­dren, as­sist in strength­en­ing their sense of cul­ture, lan­guage and lit­er­acy skills. We hope We Are Wim­mera will cre­ate a sense of be­long­ing for ev­ery­one who reads it.”

Unit­ing Wim­mera has do­nated 100 copies of the book to Wim­mera Re­gional Li­brary Cor­po­ra­tion’s Hor­sham branch to en­sure ac­cess to any­one who wanted to read it.

Wim­mera Re­gional Li­brary Cor­po­ra­tion spokes­woman Mary Dal­gleish said the li­brary was happy to in­clude copies in its col­lec­tion for chil­dren to bor­row.

“We are also pleased to be able to pro­vide a lim­ited amount of free copies for chil­dren who would like their own copy to keep,” she said.

Unit­ing Wim­mera pro­vides sup­port to chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies in the re­gion, to help them live in a safe and car­ing com­mu­nity.

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