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Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day will be held on 25 October this year, another day for celebrating the connections between the generations. The purpose of this day is to honour grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.

The initiative is a chance to show appreciation of for the Seniors of our community. Relationships with grandparents and seniors is good for everyone, hence why we are ‘Celebrating Seniors’ and the special role they have in the lives of our children and grandchildren.

To mark Grandparents Day, the Community Services Directorate has developed several postcard designs that can be decorated and written on and shared between Grandparents, Grand-friends and their grandchildren. In addition to the printed copies, these will also be available to download and print on the website below. The cards incorporate artwork by children from primary schools, photos provided by Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT, and photos taken of residents from aged care and retirement villages, sharing messages of advice to the younger generation. The directorate has already launched some activities on International Day of Older Persons Day on 1 October 2020 and will continue to promote the activities and release images/videos until Grandparents Day on 25 October 2020. 

 

We encourage everyone  to enjoy the gallery of over 80 wonderful photos with older Canberrans sharing ‘Words of Wisdom’ to younger generations and children expressing their appreciation of grandparents who make invaluable contributions to our community.

 

Visit the Connect in Canberra website under the Celebrating Seniors tile: https://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/connect-in-canberra/celebrating-seniors

 

Good to see you today, best wishes for your new venture and thanks for your help.

Cheers and regards, Vicki

Promo for National online forum

Children’s Week Council of Australia is thrilled to host a national conversation with incoming National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds, on Wednesday 28 October 2020 at 3pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

Children’s Week Council of Australia is thrilled to host a national conversation with incoming National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds, on Wednesday 28 October 2020 at 3pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

 

This year the theme for Children’s Week is: UNCRC Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and join groups and organisations as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights. In exercising their rights, children have the responsibility to respect the rights, freedom and reputations of others.

 

This is Anne’s first opportunity to introduce herself in her new role, and share her vision and aspirations for Australia’s children.

 

As part of the conversation, CWCoA Secretary Julie Hourigan Ruse will explore with Anne how children’s right to connect safely with others has been impacted by drought, bushfire, flood and pandemic across the nation this year.

 

You can join the conversation by registering here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkd-GvqjIjGNMDUkYew3BhGzct5mGgH3T6

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join us.

 

If you have any questions email info@fams.asn.au

 

For more information about Children’s Week and to find your state or territory’s FREE Children’s Week activities visit https://www.childrensweek.org.au/

 

#childrensweekau #childrensweek2020

 

 

Children’s Week Council of Australia is proudly sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

Appointment of National Children’s Commissioner

The Children’s Week Council of Australia welcomes the announcement by the Australian Human Rights Commission of the appointment of Ms Anne Hollonds to the role of the National Children’s Commissioner.

Appointment of National Children’s Commissioner

The Children’s Week Council of Australia welcomes the announcement by the Australian Human Rights Commission of the appointment of Ms Anne Hollonds to the role of the National Children’s Commissioner.

Ms Hollonds is currently serving as Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies. She is one of Australia’s leading voices on child wellbeing and has more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in research, policy and service delivery, including as CEO of Relationships Australia NSW and the Benevolent Society.

The Council congratulates Ms Hollonds and looks forward to working with her in her new role.