Did you know?

4.3 MILLION

Australia is home to approximately 4.3 million children aged 14 or younger

7%

An estimated 7% of these children had disability in 2009

A QUARTER OF A MILLION

More than a quarter of a million children had an intellectual sensory or speech disability

REMOTE AREAS

Children in remote areas are much more likely to be hospitalised than in urban or regional areas

For Families of children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, finding support can be a challenge. Each year, thousands of these children and their families turn to Variety for support when they need it most. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, Variety is here for you.

All kids deserve the same opportunities in life. No matter what life throws at them. Variety helps children and their families overcome whatever obstacles they are facing and live life to the fullest.

Variety helps children gain independence and the freedom to be themselves, no matter what their ability. We provide financial support for things like wheelchairs, walking frames, hoists and vehicle modifications. Even in-home therapy equpiment like trampolines and pools.

Variety helps children with special needs communicate better with specialised communications devices like iPads, laptops, Braille notetakers and specialised software.

Variety helps families care for children with a medical condition in their own home by providing vital medical items and equipment. You can apply for things like feeds, nappies, wigs for hair loss, orthotics, seizure alarms and sensory equipment.

Variety offers specialist help to children affected by a rare disease or condition. If you are finding it difficult to access support for your child’s condition, you can apply for a medical support grant of up to $1000 and ongoing case management.

Variety helps schools and organisations with things like all-ability playgrounds, Liberty swings (modified for special needs), and sunshine coaches for transporting children, which can be wheelchair modified.

How it works

You can request support at any time by completing Variety Tasmania’s application form on the link below.

Confirm the application eligibility requirements

Applications are assessed

Assessed applications are considered by the Grants Committee

Our core programs

Freedom Kids

Freedom Kids

For many children, moving and communicating better means greater independence, freedom and self-esteem.

A wheelchair, a walking aid, a modified vehicle or a communication aid can make an incredible difference for these children and their families.

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Future Kids

Future Kids

For many children, moving and communicating better means greater independence, freedom and self-esteem.

A wheelchair, a walking aid, a modified vehicle or a communication aid can make an incredible difference for these children and their families.

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Caring for Kids

Caring for Kids

For many children, moving and communicating better means greater independence, freedom and self-esteem.

A wheelchair, a walking aid, a modified vehicle or a communication aid can make an incredible difference for these children and their families.

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Liberty Swings

Liberty Swings

Liberty Swings allow children in wheelchairs or afflicted by a physical impairment the chance to enjoy the joy of swinging.

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Sunshine Coaches

Sunshine Coaches

Variety Sunshine Coaches provide transport to organisations that cater for children with physical disability, regional or social disadvantage, to enable them to access the community and to experience a range of special programs and activities.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

Variety’s Scholarship Program provides scholarships for children with an existing talent, who are disadvantaged or living with a disability, to achieve their full potential and to follow their dreams.

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