Words Out West is a Readers and Writers Festival based in the Western Downs area of Queensland sponsored by the Western Downs Libraries. March 2021 will see a line up of writers, illustrators, educators and musicians do presentations in a variety of venues including country pubs.
Never been to Watta. No idea where it is, but I’d kill to be able to tell people that I had a Parmi at the pub with Shane Webcke.
The Pyjama Foundation works with Foster families across Australia with a learning-based mentoring program called Love Of Learning Program.
Essentially this means that trained volunteers known as Pyjama Angels are matched with a foster child in care and meet with that child for an hour and a half each week to read books aloud, practise numeracy skills and play educational games.
So far, Pyjama Angels are averaging
- 101,000 books read to children each year
- 714 Pyjama Angels trained last year
- 1,416 children supported each week.
My daughter, who did a ten year stint with Community Services, highly recommends the organisation.