Our mates at Touched by Olivia have this week released the latest State of Play report.
Building on from the 2016 State of Play report, Touched by Olivia conducted an online survey between August 2018 and January 2019, with questions developed by The Right Research. With 482 responses, the report provides a very useful summary and snapshot of Play in Australia.
We echo Justine’s words in her welcome, that play matters and that no-one, no matter their age, ability, culture, race, gender should ever be excluded from their right to play.
There are currently a number of Variety Livvi’s Place projects underway, since Variety joined forces with the Touched by Olivia Foundation late last year. We are excited to be partnering with local communities all across Australia to build inclusive playspaces.
“At Variety we believe that all kids deserve a fair go, including the ability to play,” said Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT Inclusive Play Project Manager, Lisa Whinnen. “We are passionate about working with communities to make access to inclusive playspaces a reality for kids across Australia. The State of Play report provides useful insights to ensure Variety Livvi’s Place’s respond to the current needs of the community.”
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We continue to focus on reaching all kids and supporting families and communities, regardless of how remote or regional they may be. Children who are forced to travel great distances for medical appointments, educational opportunities and sporting competitions often face particular challenges and that’s where we come in – making sure that all kids can attain their full potential, regardless of their background.
New Grant Breaks Records
In early 2021, we undertook a grants review process to ensure we were providing help where help was needed. We compared our systems to those in Variety offices across the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland and throughout Australia. After analysing the results, we used the information to revamp our Kids Support framework and launch four new grants: We Move, We Join, We Care and We Learn.