Each year, over a hundred thousand people and hundreds of organisations celebrate National Families Week — Australia’s biggest celebration of families in all their diversity.
The aim of National Families Week (15–21 May) is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. The enduring theme ‘Stronger families, stronger communities’ highlights the importance of families to communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.
National Families Week is a time to think about what individuals and organisations can do in their local communities to enhance the wellbeing of children and families and to make all families stronger.
National Families Week is timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May. This day is observed by the United Nations to mark the importance that the international community places on families as the most fundamental units of society, as well as to show concern about their situation in many parts of the world.
CEDoW and CatholicCare in the Diocese of Wollongong, are proud to partner to promote National Families Week in our schools. Making Moments Matter was developed by CatholicCare in collaboration with five student interns from The University of Notre Dame.
Making Moments Matter has been designed to provide parents and teachers with ideas, activities and resources that encourage family connectedness in the home and school community.
Making Moments Matter is divided into three categories:
These categories aim to provide easy access to modifiable prayer resources — from school assemblies to meal times, activities for the classroom and the home, and creative ideas and reading for all.
Making Moments Matter allows teachers and parents to pick and choose exactly what suits them. Making Moments Matter will continue to be available after National Families Week, with parents and teachers encouraged to keep interacting with the resources.
Additionally, click here for some ideas for activities from the National Families Week website.
Together, let’s acknowledge the critical role all families play in building a stronger community by taking the time to celebrate with family, make contact with extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community.
National Families Week is run by Families Australia. Families Australia is a national, not-for-profit, peak organisation that strives to improve the wellbeing of Australian families, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised.