These holidays, help us, help more kids.

Everyday, trained Benevolent Society professionals work with kids who are not developing as fast as their friends.

When a child doesn’t grow or learn as fast as other kids their age it is known as developmental delay. They may struggle with simple things like talking, walking, or playing. 

Children with developmental challenges are more likely to struggle at school which increases the risk of losing interest in learning and disengaging from school all together. When a child can't reach their potential, it impacts not only them, but their family and their community.

By donating to The Benevolent Society, you will be helping us provide vital support to children who are not developing as fast as their friends. 

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Our focus on children from disadvantaged communities

Children from the most disadvantaged socio-economic areas are twice as likely to be developmentally vulnerable on the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) compared to those in more privileged areas. And the further you move from the city the more likely children will be at risk of starting school behind. In remote areas, nearly one in two children will be developmentally vulnerable in one area  compared to one in five in major cities. These children are less likely to finish school, and are more likely to experience unemployment and ill-health throughout their lives.

What we do:

The Benevolent Society has a long history of supporting children and families especially the most vulnerable. We help families navigate through those challenges and provide support before things reach a crisis.
Our early childhood and family support services offer early intervention strategies, literacy support as well as referrals to specialists such as occupational and speech therapists. We also deliver supported playgroups promoting safety and parenting techniques for children who are not reaching their developmental milestones.