National Families Week is Australia’s annual celebration of the importance of families. It is timed to coincide with the UN International Day of Families (15 May).
The 14th National Families Week will be held between 15 and 21 May 2017. This year’s theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities ‘. The aim of National Families Week 2017 is to celebrate the vital role that families play in community wellbeing.
The 2017 theme highlights the important role that families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing. National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family life. Let’s take the time to reflect on the critical role that families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing children, especially as they grow.
Each year, tens of thousands of people and hundreds of organisations celebrate National Families Week – Australia’s annual celebration of the vital role of families. In 2016, more than 130,000 people participated in events across Australia. Participating organisations undertook a wide range of National Families Week activities such as morning teas, barbeques, sausage sizzles, playgroup visits, family picnics, artwork displays, family information days, drawing competitions, dances, art displays, photo competitions, seminars and workshops, breakfast gatherings, story-telling events, services displays, and movie nights. For a list of ideas to help celebrate National Families Week click here.
There are two main ways to get involved. First, if you know of, or are involved with, a local community organisation, ask them to arrange an event and register it with Families Australia. If you wish, you can contact us by telephone (02 6273 4885) or email us for further information. Events are limited only by imagination – they could be bbqs, picnics, seminars on parenting, foyer displays, an open day, morning tea, or a family-friendly day in your workplace. Second, you can use the Week to celebrate within your family. You could, for example, take an extra 15 minutes a day to talk, listen and connect within your family. Maybe talk as a family about things that make your family strong and things that can be worked on. Other ideas are: have a family movie marathon, or contact family you have not heard from for a while.
National Families Week is run by Families Australia a national, independent, member based, not-for-profit organisation that works to promote a national policy environment in which the needs and interests of families, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised, can be heard and addressed.
National Families Week started in 2003 as an initiative which aimed to give families, their children, young people and communities the opportunity to build a better future. National Families Week supports community organisations, and others, in achieving this aim.
National Families Week is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Unfortunately there is no money available to support organisations to run events. However, Families Australia is able to provide free promotional products such as posters, balloons, stickers, notepads and painting sheets, to assist you in celebrating your event. Please remember to register so we know you are holding an event.
In 2017, the promotional products will be posters, balloons, stickers, notepads and painting sheets. Other resources such as the logo, colouring-in sheets and a pro-forma media release are available on the website on our Resources page.
You can obtain more information by emailing us, or telephoning Jennifer Horsfield, Manager, National Families Week or Dr Brian Babington, Chief Executive Officer on (02) 6273 4885.