News Archive

Tweddle News

Children's book donations wanted for Brimbank families

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 07/08/14

The inaugural ‘Books for Brimbank’ project is a ‘Children’s Book Week’ initiative which will see donated children’s books make their way into the hands of enthusiastic young book worms and their parents.

The project was launched by early parenting professionals Tweddle Child and Family Health Service in partnership with The Smith Family with support from Brimbank’s Playgroup Development and Community Care programs.

Tweddle are asking families to donate children’s books in good condition to their offices at 53 Adelaide Street Footscray between Monday the 18th of August and Friday the 22nd of August to coincide with Children’s Book Week. From there, Communications Manager Kerrie Gottliebsen will be coordinating the project.

Everyone involved is really excited about ‘Books For Brimbank’.  “We’re aware of the significant importance of books to early brain development in children and have been using books to promote this to parents through our parenting programs”

“Through reading with children, important neural pathways are built laying the foundations for strengthened attachment, improved speech and communication skills, enhanced concentration and the knowledge that reading is fun”  said Kanthi Sayers, Tweddle Practice Lead.

Early childhood providers and practitioners have known for some years that children need to be introduced to books and reading at the earliest possible age, well before they start school.   The City of Brimbank has developed as one of the most culturally diverse municipalities in Australia with over 150 different languages spoken across the area.

The Smith Family is a national charity that seeks to improve the opportunities for disadvantaged children through supporting education and learning and improving access to books for young children in Brimbank is a priority.

Once donated, the books will be distributed to children with the support of Nicole O'Neill-Fitzgerald, Playgroup Development Officer, Community Care, Jeanine Carter, Hubs Coordinator at the Smith family in Sunshine and Kirsten Mackenzie, Community Development Officer, Communities for Children (Brimbank).

For more information contact Kerrie Gottliebsen on (03) 8387 0623 

Back to news

Join Mailing List

Join our mailing list and stay up-to-date with the Tweddle Child + Family Health Service:

All fields are required