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📌 Officeworks - ‘Make a Difference’ Appeal

Officeworks - Make a Difference Appeal

We are thrilled to announce Officeworks staff have nominated and chosen to support CaringKids as part of their annual ‘Make a Difference’ appeal this June!

📌 Officeworks staff will be raising funds together with their customers to bring joy to young carers.

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Who We Are

1 in 10 children in Australia have taken on caring for a family member with a disability. These adult responsibilities mean they often miss out on many of the joys of childhood that most kids take for granted.

CaringKids is a registered charity that recognises the role of these young carers and works to reduce their feelings of loneliness and social isolation, by sending them Toy Boxes, we like to call them Joy Boxes, packed with toys, games and books.

We are governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, and supported by a team of dedicated volunteers. CaringKids is supported by community fundraising, local grants and in-kind donations, such as toy storage and equipment.

Individuals, community and corporate groups collect and donate new toys, games, stationery, art and craft materials and sports equipment on our behalf. We use these to create the Toy Boxes that we deliver to young carers across Australia.

Support Our Cause

CaringKids helps children burdened with adult responsibilities. These young carers take on tasks such as housework, shopping, cooking, dealing with health professionals and even taking on financial matters.

In order to look after a family member, young carers put caring before study, school and play time. They often have to cope with the financial hardship that goes hand in hand with the cost of caring for a family member living with a disability.

There are over 235,000 children and teenagers in Australia caring for a disabled or chronically ill family member. On average they spend 6 hours a week on caring duties.

Because of their caring commitments, 22% of young carers miss a day of school per week. As a result they are around 1.5 years behind in NAPLAN.

Give to connect Joy Boxes to  young carers. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

CaringKids Toy Boxes

We help to bring joy to children caring for a family member living with a disability by delivering Toy Boxes to young carers. Our Joy Boxes are packed with toys, games and books that not only bring joy, but also allow children to learn and grow.

Just a few dollars can help put a smile on a child’s face.

If you would like young carers to experience the fun and carefree moments that we associate with childhood,  a tax-deductible donation of $75 will deliver a Toy Box to a child caring for a family member.

Our Toy Boxes are delivered to the doorstep of young carers across Australia.

15 hours ago
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📌 We are thrilled to announce Officeworks staff have nominated and chosen to support CaringKids as part of their annual ‘Make a Difference’ Appeal this June!

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📌 We are thrilled to announce Officeworks staff have nominated and chosen to support CaringKids as part of their annual ‘Make a Difference’ Appeal this June!

Officeworks staff will be raising funds together with their customers to bring joy to young carers.

We know life’s not easy for young carers, they put caring ahead of school, study and play.

Our JoyBoxes stimulate young minds and also encourage what we call play therapy – creative and stimulating activities that help young carers to make sense of their world and have some much-needed relief from adult responsibilities.

For the month of June, Officeworks customers in
Albury
Bathurst
Carlton
Dubbo
Five Dock
Greenacre
Northmead
Old Guildford
Orange
Punchbowl
Taren Point
Wagga Wagga
Wentworthville and
Wodonga
will be encouraged to round up the cost of their Officeworks purchase to the nearest dollar at the check-out in store or online in support of CaringKids!

Thank you to all the Officeworks stores and to the Officeworks National Customer ServIce Centre staff for choosing to raise funds to bring joy to young carers this June ✨

#MakeADifference2022 #givealittle #changealot #officeworks

May 20 at 6:17pm
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My Kids Market is heading to Dee Why on the Northern Beaches on Sunday 5 June. CaringKids will be there selling toys to raise funds for our charity and to be part of this… See more
My Kids Market is heading to Dee Why on the Northern Beaches on Sunday 5 June. CaringKids will be there selling toys to raise funds for our charity and to be part of this fantastic community event.

📣 Pre Loved and Business Stallholders…. You can also be a part of this exciting event!⁣ Keep reading for all the details…

♻️ Pre Loved stalls allow you to recycle gently used baby and kids items for cash and keep them out of landfill!⁣
💝 Business Stalls will see your unique brand in front of a whole new audience!⁣
Either way we’d love to see you there so head to My Kids Market NSW to secure your stall today

👫 My Kids Market Northern Beaches ⁣
📆 Sunday 5 June, 2022 | ⏰ 9am – 12noon⁣
📍 PCYC Northern Beaches, 40 Kingsway, Dee Why⁣
👫 Pre Loved and Business Stalls available

May 19 at 3:52pm
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Spread joy to young carers this tax time

It’s nearing that time of the year again where your end of financial year tax-deductible donation can help us support the 235,000 young… See more

Spread joy to young carers this tax time

It’s nearing that time of the year again where your end of financial year tax-deductible donation can help us support the 235,000 young carers providing care for a family member living with a disability or chronic illness in Australia

We are aiming to raise $5,000 to help fill our young carer JoyBoxes with toys, school stationery, books and sports equipment

With your help, we can reach our goal and pack JoyBoxes full of fun, play and childhood experiences for young carers

$10 puts a soccer ball in a JoyBox
$25 puts toys in a JoyBox
$50 fills a JoyBox with toys games and books
$75 fills and delivers a Joy Box to a child in Australia

If you are in a position to help children who take on adult responsibilities caring for a parent or sibling, every dollar counts

Click the link to Donate Now

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/caringkidstaxappeal2022

May 16 at 9:25am
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National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and will be held starting today! Volunteer week celebrations will be happening around the… See more
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and will be held starting today! Volunteer week celebrations will be happening around the country 16 – 22 May 2022.

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2022 is Better Together.

Volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone.

CaringKids is a charity led and managed by a team of dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do – they share their time, talent and generous spirit working together across many projects to create our Joy Boxes.

To all our CaringKids volunteers we say thank you 🙏 for everything you do and for your kindness and friendship – you all make it possible for us to spread joy to so many young carers.

Happy National Volunteer Week! ❤️

To find out more about volunteering with CaringKids, click the link in our bio.

May 10 at 10:10am
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We are seeking volunteers to join CaringKids Toy Workshop team

Are you young at heart and would like to volunteer in a supportive environment with volunteers who bring joy to… See more

We are seeking volunteers to join CaringKids Toy Workshop team

Are you young at heart and would like to volunteer in a supportive environment with volunteers who bring joy to young carers across Australia?

Our Banksmeadow CaringKids Toy workshop is a 3 minutes’ drive from the Westfield Eastgardens Shopping Centre

* Volunteers will assist with checking, cleaning, and sorting of toy donations, as well as packing Toy Boxes (ensuring donations are appropriate and suitable) for our young carers

* The workshops operate in the mornings on weekdays and Saturdays. Shifts are usually 2-3 hours

* We offer a friendly and fun environment for our volunteers

* Parking is available

To request a volunteer role description and express your interest in volunteering with CaringKids, please email your CV to [email protected]

You can also click the link

https://caringkids.org.au/volunteers/

to view the Volunteer Vacancies page on our website. You can enter your contact details via our website so we can get in touch.

CaringKids adheres to the Safeguarding Children Principles. All volunteers require a valid Working With Children Check.

May 9 at 9:02pm
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CaringKids is pleased to be supported by local Real Estate Agent Clay Chigwidden – Agents + Co. Clay is an experienced agent for Agents+Co Maroubra and was motivated to reach out… See more
CaringKids is pleased to be supported by local Real Estate Agent Clay Chigwidden – Agents + Co. Clay is an experienced agent for Agents+Co Maroubra and was motivated to reach out and support CaringKids after learning about the important role that young carers play in caring for a sibling or parent with a disability.

In his experience as a real estate agent working in the local community, Clay has seen first hand the challenges, both emotional and financial, of caring for family member living with a disability or chronic illness.

Clay said “After previously selling a home for a family caring for a child with a disability, I saw the challenges they faced on a daily basis, including day to day tasks that I took for granted”

Shortly after, Clay came across an article featuring our CEO Margaret Skagias and the work of CaringKids. “I remember thinking, what a special thing to do for children who spend so much of their time caring for their family member, and sometimes don’t even get the chance to have fun and be a kid”

“After meeting with Margaret at the Toy Workshop in Banksmeadow, and seeing how much their work impacts the lives of young carers, I knew I wanted to help and get involved in any way I could.”

Clay will be supporting CaringKids to fill JoyBoxes for young carers packed with games, puzzles, toys, school stationery and sports equipment by donating a percentage of every commission sale to CaringKids charity.

To find out more about how CaringKids spread joy to young carers and how to get involved, visit our website www.caringkids.org.au

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CaringKids

Caring Kids Incorporated
ABN 82 206 098 661

If you have questions about our Toy Boxes or would like more information about CaringKids, fill in the Contact Us form and we will get in touch with you soon. We welcome Toy Box feedback from children and families, share your feedback here.

Phone/Email Us

Phone: (02) 9247 7990
Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours

Hours: By appointment
Closed School Holidays

Toy Workshop

CaringKids Toy Workshop
13-15 Baker Street
Banksmeadow NSW 2019

Postal Address

CaringKids
PO Box 91
Edgecliff NSW 2027