You can make a difference to the children in our program this Easter by making a donation.
This year our goal is to raise $100,000 to support the work of the Time for Kids program. Your generosity will go a long way to help us reach this goal.
Our emphasis is on early intervention by providing support and positive role modelling to children living with social disadvantage by connecting children with carers and mentors who can offer them a break from their complex daily lives, and give them opportunities that they may not otherwise have.
You can support our children this Easter by making a monetary donation. Your financial donation will help secure and grow the program so that we can offer more children our support. Please help us to realise our goal of raising $100,000 this year.
We cannot do this without your generous support.
Help children like Matt thrive
“I’ve learned skills that I can bring back to my family. I can now give that back.”
Matt knew that his mother was struggling and that she had a little sense of pride and found it difficult to ask for help. As a single mother with six children, her only income was single parent benefits, and she did her best to provide for her family. She didn’t acknowledge her own ill-health, which was both physical and mental, and instead focused on just trying to get by each day.
There was not a lot of affection displayed at home, but Matt says his home life wasn’t all bad, and he feels that he experienced less trauma than his siblings did. Matt says there were no camping holidays or going out as a family much, and although he felt they experienced a lot of freedom, it meant that there were not many boundaries in place.
Life with the carer family
Matt was six when he met Tracey, Malcolm and Riley. He had no father figure before Malcolm, and his only recollection of his father was that of a violent man. When he went to stay with Tracey, Matt felt some guilt that he was leaving his mother when she needed him, but she was happy for him to go.
Matt spent a lot of time with his carer family in the school holidays, and Riley became his best mate. They did things that Matt wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do otherwise — things like dinner parties and camping. The family talked to Matt a lot about ‘sticking at it’ and keeping his focus on moving forward in a positive direction.
Tracey and Malcolm separated during Matt’s teenage years. This brought it home to him that one family was not necessarily better than another — each provided opportunities to experience different things. He continued to visit them all and remains in contact with them still today. The carer relationships have become a significant part of his life, and have had a positive influence on his life choices.
Matt began to struggle in Year 9. At this time, he was introduced to respite camps offered by our service and met inspiring young people that he wanted to be like. It was a positive and affirming environment for Matt. He became a volunteer for the camps at the age of 17 and spent a number of years involved in their programs and using his experience to support younger people.
Matt wanted to be a primary teacher but missed out on the course by one mark. However, he persisted with the idea of further study and developing a profession and was accepted into social work. He has completed his degree and now works for various programs, both within Australia and overseas, to support other people.
“I do think about what might have been if I wasn’t given this.”
We are accepting donations as part of our Easter appeal. You can make a life-changing donation of your choice online:
Your donations will help us realise our goal of raising $100,000 this financial year.
Our promise to you
Time for Kids is a unique program in South Australia that supports children and families by extending their family and community connections.
Thanks to your support, together for almost 60 years, we have helped thousands of children and families find support and belonging through meaningful carer and mentor relationships.
In 2019, 84.3% of our income went straight back into supporting carers and mentors to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with disadvantaged children and young people.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Easter Appeal campaigns.
We proudly acknowledge the following supporters for their previous and current contributions:
Adrian and Melonie Crossing
Mr and Mrs Maurice Crotti
Mr and Mrs John Charlton
Mr and Mrs Max Daw
Mr and Mrs Michael Brock
Mr and Mrs Rodney Detmold
Mr and Mrs Roger Cook
Mr and Mrs Ross Adler
Mr and Mrs Stephen Young
Mr and Mrs Tim Hartley
Robert and Annabel Hill-Smith