Time for Kids Annual Report 2012

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Contents Our vision …………..……………………………………………………………….………. Message from the President ……………………………….………………………. Message from the CEO ……………………………………………………………….. Time for Kids: At a glance ……………………………………………………………. Our services ……..………………………………………………..………...……..……... Our volunteers ……………………………………………………………………..……… Our volunteer families ..……..……………………………..…………………………. Our community network …………………...………………………………………. Lionhearts …………………………………………………………………………………….. Our staff ……………………………………………………….……………………………... Our office volunteers …….…..…………………………………………………………. Our Fundraising Committee ……..…………………………………………………. Our Board …………………………….…………………………………...………………... Our Ambassadors ………...……………....…...………………………………………... Our Patron …………………………………………………………………………………….. Our supporters …………………...…………………………………....…………………... 2012: The year in review …..…………...…...…………………………………..…... Audited financial report – Balance Sheet ……………..…………...…..………. Audited financial report – Profit & Loss Account …...……….…………….. Auditor’s Statement …….…………………...….………………………...…………….. Join us …………………………………………………...………………………….…………...

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Special thanks to our Time for Kids ‘models’ Diego (inside cover), Sofia (p2), Markus (p4) and Flor (p 8).


Our vision It is more than 50 years since William Scales SM (then head of the South Australian Juvenile Court) and his wife, Betty Scales, formed the Society of Sponsors. Now named ‘Time for Kids’, the organisation has assisted more than 4700 children from families experiencing difficulties meeting all their children’s needs. Volunteer carers and mentors, working in partnership with Time for Kids staff, continue to provide children with respite care and a wide range of other opportunities to experience healthy family relationships and broadened life experiences. This has been accomplished through the support and generosity of those volunteers in partnership with government, business and community organisations, a team of fundraisers and supporters, and the support of a dedicated and professional staff team governed by a volunteer board. In 2010 Time for Kids was presented with a National Crime and Violence Prevention Award by the Federal Government and the Australian Institute of Criminology. Time for Kids is now exploring a range of additional activities and service delivery outlets to make its programs accessible to an increased number of children and young people in need, and has established a foundation to attract the funds to boost the required resources that will enable this.

Vision Statement Investing in our children’s future.

Mission Positively impacting on the wellbeing of disadvantaged children and young people by providing resources, opportunities and care that enable them to thrive.

Values and Principles It is important to us that we provide services that will provide positive changes to each child and young person’s life course by assisting them to build: Resilience Self esteem Confidence Resourcefulness A sense of identity Broadened expectations and possibilities Diverse and inspiring exposure to the world Psycho social development 3


Message From the President Ben Scales


Children and Young People, and being an

ince joining the Board in 2009 I have

Alliance Partner to the South Australian

seen many changes. In many ways I joined

government’s Strategic Plan. These affiliations

at a pivotal time in the organisation’s

are crucial to afford us the opportunities to

history; we were approaching 50 years in operation, a new CEO had recently been appointed and our name was beginning to find its way into new markets, just to highlight a few.

present a greater range of assistance and help more children. That is a small part of the public face of Time for Kids. Underlying this is a committed core of staff, board members, volunteers and most importantly our carers. When I hear some of

Now three years later it feels like we have grown by ten. Along with our Patron, the Governor His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, we have a number of supportive ambassadors including but certainly not limited to Erik Thomson, Dr Mark Halsey,

When I hear some of the staff and carer experiences, it is a constant reminder of how vital our services are, and most importantly that we do make a difference.

Amanda Blair and Jan Beasley, and

the staff and carer experiences, it is a constant reminder of how vital our services are, and most importantly that we do make a difference. Our staff, lead by our CEO Jo

Wickes, are the most

if you spend a small amount of time navigating

enthusiastic group of people I have dealt with,

our new website at timeforkids.com.au, you

and their passion to succeed and make a

will see how many companies and individuals

difference is a stand out.

are committed to help make a difference to children in need.

As for the ones who make the real difference, our volunteer carers, I cannot say enough. To

Our recognition at State and Federal levels,

open their homes and hearts, helping children

including the 2009 Australian Crime and

who do not have the same opportunities as

Violence Prevention award, reinforces the

many in our society, and do it for no financial

importance of our role in the South Australian

reward, is tremendous. They deserve as much


recognition and support as they can get, for without their efforts, disadvantaged children

In addition to our fantastic supporters and

would simply not have the choices available.

increased public presence, we are grateful for

The benefits they provide are immeasurable.

key relationships we have with many South Australian organisations including among

Over 50 years ago when my grandfather

many, Mari Yerta, Office of the Guardian for

started Time for Kids, albeit under a different Continued on page 6


From the President

Ben Scales Continued from page 5

name, the premise was very simple: support

particularly necessary in these current times.

disadvantaged South Australian children and

You will see more presence from us in various

offer them a choice. Maintaining this simple

forms, but particularly in the social media

philosophy has been a key factor in the


organisations longevity, and it is the same one we abide by today. Though the social landscape We welcome all help and assistance, and put has changed over the many years, our core

the call out for your support, allowing us to

mission remains the same, and it works.

continue to care for our vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australian children. There

During the year my father retired as President

are so many ways in which you can make a

from the Time for Kids Management Board

difference to a child’s life, ranging from a

after 35 years. He led the organisation to where simple ongoing pocket money donation of a it is today, and has been fittingly recognised for few coins, to becoming engaged in our his drive and vision for this great

mentoring program, or indeed wishing to

accomplishment. He leaves an indelible mark

become a carer and supporting a child.

on those involved with the organisation, particularly me. Fortunately for us he is

After 50 years we know what is required and

involved with our new initiatives, the

what works. We also understand that the

mentoring program and our Foundation, and

issues we deal with daily are not going away.

continues to maintain a keen interest in the

Making a positive difference to a child’s life so


they can be afforded every opportunity to thrive in the future is a wonderful thing, and

Along with our staff and Board I will continue to your support helps this happen. Be assured seek opportunities, positioning Time for Kids to that no matter how small you feel your grow further, but most importantly help more children. I am confident we have the right group of people, and being a lean organisation, the right structure to be able to adapt,


contribution may be, it is significant to us.

Message From the CEO Jo Wickes


from the government, private,

addition to reporting on the annual philanthropic and individual sectors of the

facts and figures, we recognise that it is people who are central to our success.

community. In 2010-2011 we had consolidated our financial

Time for Kids is an organisation of outstanding

position and expected further growth. The

people. This continues to provide us with the

changing world financial situation and

capacity for growth and improvement in our

uncertainty meant that we had to rethink this

service delivery, an appetite for innovation and plan and in the second quarter we made the a willingness to respond to the emerging needs difficult decision to reduce our staff numbers. of children and families who are struggling with Throughout we have been able to maintain support for all of the children and host families complex issues in South Australia. involved in Time for Kids. Our network of South Australian supporters has grown by 45% this year to 1700 people connected to Time for Kids. In 2011- 2012, 176 children were assisted through

Our network of South Australian supporters has grown by 45% this year to 1700 people connected to Time for Kids.

This has been done by continually reviewing and improving our services. In the past 12 months we have introduced a new intake and assessment tool for children and

Time for Kids with respite care and an additional 65 were assisted through

carers, established a competency based mentor

mentoring. 135 people approached Time for

assessment process and independent mentor

Kids to join our existing family of 118 volunteer application assessment panel, including the creation of our online data system—People host family carers and mentors. Around 650 people attended 26 events to ensure that they

Information Management System (PIMS). This

too enjoyed social inclusion in our community.

has been possible through the very generous

These ranged from school holiday mentoring

donation of the design and implementation

workshops, circuses, overnight camps, the

project over the past 12 months by Greg Sando

Clipsal 500 motor race, parties, the Adelaide

at GJ Technologies.

Zoo and a range of sporting activities. I would like to thank our families, volunteers, Behind those numbers are the personal stories

board, supporters and staff for their loyalty and

of many wonderful people.

continued support to Time for Kids over the past year.

The year has not been without challenges. The global and local uncertainty in financial markets Time for Kids has created positive social change for the past 52 years and is well placed to and commerce has led to a softening of the funds available for donations and grant funding continue to do this for many years to come.



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Time for Kids is a highly successful early intervention program assisting disadvantaged children who are in need of nurturing, care and opportunities. We match children and young people from birth to 17 years with volunteer host households and mentors for regular part time care, usually for one weekend each month or during school holidays. Time for Kids, originally named the Society of Sponsors, was founded in 1960 by William Scales SM, who was then head of the South Australian Juvenile Court. In 2012, we celebrated 52 years of service to South Australian children. Since 1960, we have assisted more than 4700 South Australian children and their families by matching them with volunteer families and mentors and developing their resilience, confidence and life skills. Notably, none of these children have appeared in the State’s Youth Court while on the program. In recognition of this remarkable achievement, in October 2009 Time for Kids was presented with an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award by the Australian Institute of Criminology. Each year we work with more than 200 children, their families and their volunteer carers. However, the demand far exceeds our current capacity for support. Our goal is to support 1,000 children in regular and consistent care each year. Children are referred to us by social workers, school counsellors, teachers and health care professionals from a wide range of community and government agencies. The children we support often live with socially isolated sole parents, grandparents or families struggling with overwhelming social, health and economic difficulties which leave children with limited stable support in their lives. The mentoring, care and education is designed to lead children, as they grow older, away from the risks of substance abuse, homelessness, offending and disengaging from education. Each year we receive funding from the State and Commonwealth governments and raise the majority of our operating income from private sector supporters, philanthropic organisations, fundraising events and public donations. We recruit, assess, train and support volunteers and match them with a child for the whole of their childhood where possible. We provide ongoing support, advocacy and referrals for further support for children, their families and our volunteers to strengthen the children’s resources. We are a registered charity and licensed foster care agency, administered by a volunteer Management Board. We are an Alliance Partner to the South Australian Strategic Plan. We are signatories to the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People ‘Charter of Rights’ for children. Time for Kids works in partnership with Mari Yerta Aboriginal Corporation to assist us to provide culturally aware and appropriate services to Aboriginal families. Children involved with Time for Kids form life changing friendships with their volunteer families and mentors that last well past the childhood experiences they shared. We can help children learn how to make positive life choices, to meet their full potential and to become responsible members of the community. We invest in children’s futures and the future of South Australia. We know from our history that the majority of children matched continue to have contact with their volunteer family or mentor into adulthood.


Our services Family respite and support service

with supportive families for respite care, We provide regular respite care to children and usually for one day or weekend each month. Our staff, our carers, the child and their family young people who need nurture, care, social work as a team to best strengthen and support activities and role models that their birth children. The connection with a carer family is families are not currently able to provide. We often sustained for the whole of the child’s match each child with trained, screened and adult life. supported volunteer households and the children stay at their home for one day or weekend each month. We ensure that our School holiday services services are complimentary to the other Each school holidays we provide a series of important relationships in the child or young varied day activities for young people and persons’ life and form a strong network of mentors to participate in as part of a group. We support around each child designed to last a also provide week long placements for children life time. so that city and regional children can experience each other’s worlds with their trained host family and form enduring bonds Mentors Matter through their regular holiday time together. Mentoring fosters strong and enduring relationships between volunteer mentors and young people through shared interests and Emergency relief experiences. Shared activities can include Time for Kids is able to respond with playing or watching sport, cooking, craft, emergency resources for low income woodwork or providing a young person with households to assist them through times of the opportunity to explore South Australia great hardship. This includes case through the museum, art gallery and management, food and financial assistance, community events. Positive role models come Christmas gifts, advocacy and counselling. in all ages, shapes and sizes. Mentor days are planned and take place each week, fortnight or Community capacity building month and can be for a morning, afternoon or Time for Kids aims to have a positive impact on a full day. the wellbeing of disadvantaged children and young people by providing the resources, opportunities and care that enable them to Grandparents and relatives respite thrive. We provide training and mentoring support service opportunities for their parents and other family Increasing numbers of grandparents and relatives have responsibility for full time care of members who care for children involved with our services. We assist in building the capacity children. Time for Kids provides regular for resilience and resourcefulness in families to planned respite care with a trained volunteer host family or mentor combined with support care for their children through education, play and encouragement for their grandparents and and safety resources. other relatives. Each year we provide activities for grandparents and relatives and their Volunteer Support children to enjoy together. All volunteer host families, carers and mentors are provided with training, registration, resources, counselling and access to advice and Relative and kinship respite and information during office and after hours. Each support service We provide regular respite care for children in year we aim to provide opportunities for social activities and training workshops with our staff the State Care system, who are living with relatives or kinship carers. We match children and carers.


Our volunteers Carers and mentors Time for Kids is proudly and passionately a volunteer based organisation, driven by the goodwill and generosity of caring South Australians. Fortunately for the children referred to us, Australia is a nation of volunteers. In 2011, six million volunteers around the country contributed more than 700 million hours of community service. The value of this contribution is inestimable. Economically, Australia’s volunteers are worth more than $200 billion annually – more than that of the mining sector. But financial savings are the least of volunteering’s benefits.

between the quality of their experience with Time for Kids and the fact that carers were volunteers. As one young participant said, “So going there, they were genuine people, they weren’t doing it for the money or for anything else. They just wanted to help out a random kid.” Interviewees spoke of the boost in confidence this gave them, and that sharing time with a caring volunteer was a concrete demonstration that there is “good” in the world and that it is possible to have faith in people.

… sharing time with a caring volunteer was a concrete demonstration that there is “good” in the world and that it is possible to have faith in people.

Over the past 52 years, our volunteer carers and mentors have cared for and supported more than 4700 children and young people in South Australia. In the past year alone, our volunteers contributed more than 60,000 volunteer hours to the welfare and wellbeing of kids in our community.

Time for Kids volunteers don’t share their time with a child to save SA money, although the savings are immense. They do it to make a difference, and to change a child’s life for the better. Research conducted by Dr Mark Halsey has shown that children’s lives are immeasurably improved by being matched with a volunteer carer or mentor. The benefits to children include increased resilience and a greater capacity to overcome the risk factors typically associated with juvenile offending, enhanced self-esteem, confidence, resourcefulness and sense of identity, and the development of broader expectations and possibilities, and a more diverse and inspiring exposure to the world The young adults interviewed for Dr Halsey’s research, each of whom had been involved with Time for Kids as a child, drew positive connections

“Just staying with them and getting to know them,” said one participant, “and knowing that there’s other people out there who, even though you haven’t met them, can be really nice and come to know you, and care about you as part of the family as well.”

The following words are from Mason, an accomplished young man who was involved with Time for Kids as a child. Mason is a social work graduate, and spends his time travelling the world, creating music and helping others. “It just makes me happy to think what I’ve made of this opportunity and what it could mean for others. “I sometimes think of all those children out there still standing on the river bank wanting to get across, waiting for the opportunity to arise, waiting for this program to come into their lives. “And my life could have gone down a totally different path. It made a difference. “For that reason it makes me feel real optimism … It’s quite simple. If you are exposed to something you learn from it, and that’s what happened to me.” 11

Our volunteer families

Ruby, Ian, Sandy and Ella Shaw at the launch of ‘It’s about time: giving kids a break’.

Sandy and her family joined Time for Kids in 1999. Although their TFK ‘child’ Emily is now a young adult, they remain in contact and continue to have a positive impact on her life. The following Q&A was written by UniSA journalism student, Jess Brown.

How long have you been involved with Time for Kids? Our family has volunteered with Time for Kids for 11 years. Our Time for Kids child, Emily, came to us when she was 6-years-old and she’s now almost 18. We’ve had the pleasure of her company most school holidays and included her in many weekend getaways, camping trips and our annual holiday to Port Vincent.

What impact have you had on Emily’s life? Emily knows she can come to us at any time for support, a caring conversation, or a hug from any one of us in our family. She has a fabulous relationship with our two daughters, who adore her and care for her like an older sister. It’s always been like that. I have helped Emily with applying for jobs and seeking support from agencies in Adelaide that can help her. I think the biggest positive impact we have made is to show her a sense of peace and harmony within a loving and caring environment. Her family have done the hard yards for many different reasons, and that can take a toll on children. How lovely is it that she has a safe, comfortable place that she can turn to when she needs it? It truly is a special bond for all of us. She texts regularly – she tells us she loves us – she keeps in touch. The day she said “love you too” for the first time was a moment my husband and I will never forget!

Why did you decide to become a volunteer carer? When I saw an advertisement for Time for Kids in our school newsletter, I took it home to show my husband and said “we could do this”! Our only daughter at that stage was 18-monthsold. We were interviewed, filled out some paper work, went through police checks and training, How has it changed your life? The feeling of “making a difference” in someone none of which were difficult. And then… a family else’s life is very rewarding. Emily is part of our arrived on our doorstep with a gorgeous little 6life, and we care very much about her wellbeing year-old girl who came to “check us out”. The parents learned very quickly that we would be and happiness. Five years ago we built a new home in Wallaroo, and when we were planning supportive, and we got the tick of the new house I was determined to have a room approval. Emily loves animals and we lived just around the corner from a fauna park – she was especially for Emily. She knows that it’s her thrilled. room and we all refer to it as “Emily’s room”, never the spare room. Our friends and family Do you have a message you'd like to have been really encouraging about Emily. She send out to kids in South Australia who hugs both of my parents every visit – just like are struggling with their home lives? one of the granddaughters – and the same One of my favourite sayings is “The sun is always applies for my husband’s mum – hugs all shining if you climb high enough”. It’s all about around. She is a part of their lives as well as ours. I would recommend it to anyone. And you making the right choices in life, to strive to be know, you don’t really need to have much more the best person that you can be, to set clear goals and to have an understanding of what is time. Emily fitted straight into our family – she needed to achieve them. You don’t have to BE was just an extra child in the house! the best—just DO your best! 12

Our community network Time for Kids is proud to be associated with the following organisations:               

Mari Yerta Aboriginal Corporation Homelessness SA Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Eastern Anti-Poverty Forum North Eastern Anti-Poverty Forum Inner City Assistance Network Volunteering SA & NT Inc Volunteering Australia Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) SA Council of Social Services (SACOSS) Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc Bravehearts Inc Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) SA Government Strategic Alliance Partner Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our hard working Time for Kids Fundraising Committee and the business and community leaders who joined us, the 2011 Lionhearts lunch was another resounding success.

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Eastern Region Youth Network Alliance (ERYNA) Foodbank of South Australia Inc Youth Affairs Council of SA Australian Crime Prevention Council SA Mentoring Network Australian Crime Prevention Council United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child SA Volunteer Managers Network Australian Institute of Project Management Australasian Association of Managers of Volunteers (AAMoV) International Association for Volunteer Effort The University of South Australia

attended by 120 men, each of whom were handpicked and invited by the captains of the Fundraising Committee for their leadership in the South Australian community and their sense of social justice.

Thanks to extraordinary support from local wine More than $37,000 was raised, which will help makers and the Lion’s Tim Gregg, the day was a another 20 children in SA develop the skills they fantastic success. At the enthusiastic suggestion need to create positive, productive lives through of guests, it was quickly decided the lunch would become an annual event. Time for Kids. The Time for Kids Lionhearts Lunch has been held each year since 2010, when the inaugural lunch was held at the Lion Hotel as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.

To become a Lionheart and join some of South Australia’s leading businessmen and community leaders, register your interest and we will add you to the membership waiting list.

Organised by Georgina Hardy and the Time for Kids Fundraising Committee, the lunch was

For more information, contact our office on 8362 6311 or email anne@timeforkids.com.au 13

Our staff Time for Kids is committed to providing a flexible and responsive workplace, with a focus on professional development for our staff. As of June 30, 2012 our staff team are:

Corporate Services Chief Executive Officer Office Manager Book Keeper

Service Delivery Jo Wickes Anne Linke Lynne Kennedy

Manager, Children and Carer Services Mia Clifford Children & Carer Support Karolina Carr Intake & Assessment Officer Lucy Seppelt

Our office volunteers Time for Kids relies on the assistance, skills and generosity of a talented and committed group of volunteers, who work hand-in-hand with our staff. We also host tertiary students who make an immense contribution while doing their student placements with our communications or children’s services teams. As of June 30, 2012 the members of our volunteer/student team are: Sue Ward Emily Cross-O’Grady Lidia Mazzone Deanne Gallasch Alejandra Arredondo Salas

Pauline Lacoste Grace Chen Ashlee Angus Lilian Fong Anne Vincent

Bob Edwards Mowie O’Daniels Maria Kirrilina Tricia Carroll Alicia Campagnolo

Our Fundraising Committee The Time for Kids Fundraising Committee is comprised of extraordinary women, who work hard to raise much-needed funds for our programmes. As of June 30, 2012 the members of our Fundraising Committee are:

Georgina Hardy (Chair) Annabel Hill Smith Colleen Hamilton Charlotte Moore


Jan Beasley Kirsty Davies Melinda O’Leary Pangie Findlay

Vickianne West Louise Hewitson Kate Hayward Amanda Blair

Our Board Time for Kids is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board meets 10 to 12 times each year to provide advice, guidance and governance to the Chief Executive Officer. At June 30, 2012 our Board members are:

Ben Scales President

Ben is General Manager and Company Secretary of Jarvis Walker, where he has worked for over 18 years. He has extensive financial management experience, and is the third generation of the Scales family to play an integral role in the management of Time for Kids.

Formerly a chartered accountant and businessman, John continues to consult as a Management and Business Advisor. John also manages his family vineyard in McLaren Vale.

John Younger Treasurer

Frank has worked in Child Protection and Alternative Care for more than 30 years. Since emigrating from the UK in the late 60s, he has devoted his career to championing for abused and neglected children in SA. He has lectured at UniSA in the social sciences, and has published several journal articles.

Frank Vincent Board Member

Kirsty Davies Board Member A trained economist, Andrew has a Masters Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. His extensive professional experience includes 22 years working with various brokers and investment banks, and as a consultant for the Productivity Commission and KPMG.

Andrew Bradley Board Member

Melinda O’Leary Board Member

Diarmid Lee Board Member Melinda is co-founder, Corporate Services Manager and Advisory Board member of Nova Aerospace, and a Board Member of the QEH Research Foundation. She is a member of the Institute of Personal Consultants, has a Professional Certificate in Management and successfully completed the GAICD Institute of Company Directors course. With her husband, Jim, Melinda has been a Time for Kids volunteer carer since 2006.

Kathryn Jordan Board Member

Kirsty has more than 20 years experience working in public relations, including 14 years in London working for Hill & Knowlton, and as a private consultant. In 2008, in partnership with friend, Philippa Williams, she started her own marketing consulting company, Go Girl Marketing Solutions.

Diarmid worked as a commercial lawyer in Adelaide for a number of years before moving to London and working as a Management Consultant. In 2010 he returned to Australia and founded Leed Consulting, where he works with clients as an organisation development consultant, facilitator and coach.

Kathryn is the Director, Early Childhood Development Strategy and Programs for the SA Government. She has extensive experience in the children’s services sector, and in strategic planning and the implementation of State and National reforms. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Social Science.

The Secretary is Joanne Wickes The Auditor is Brenton Cox CPA


Our Ambassadors Time for Kids Ambassadors play a vital role in spreading the message across the community about the work of Time for Kids. Our thanks go to: Erik Thomson Robert Hill Smith Annabel Hill Smith Monsignor David Cappo Michael Keelan John Heard

Josh Simons Liam Gaunt Paul Smith Bronwyn Smith Mike Smithson Amanda Blair

Jan Beasley Kingsley Hall Peter Scales Mark Woodforde Alexandra Giles Associate Professor Dr Mark Halsey

Introducing Alexandra Giles In February 2012, brideto-be Alexandra Giles contacted us with a bold plan to raise money for Time for Kids.

to have all that they need to reach their full potential, and to live successful and meaningful lives. “The fact is, many children don't have these opportunities, for whatever reason. I have lived my life trying to support kids in any way that I could, If she could raise $50,000 by however I don't think that's enough somehow. her April wedding day, Alex “The thought of my children missing out on the very would shave her head at the wedding. While that things that help them to strive sickens me. I don't ambitious target wasn’t met, Alex’s supporters want that to happen to any child.” raised more than $10,000 and many continue to contribute as regular monthly donors. With her husband Rusty, Alex continues to support Time for Kids. She has now joined Alex also did interviews with NOVA breakfast and the group of great South Australians the Advertiser, helping increase community who are Ambassadors for Time for awareness about Time for Kids. Kids, and contributes to supporting kids in need in South Australia. “A child is supposed to feel loved, nurtured, safe and supported,” said Alex. “Children are supposed

Our Patron Time for Kids is delighted that His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Governor of South Australia has continued this year as patron of Time for Kids.


His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR Governor of South Australia, with Time for Kids CEO, Jo Wickes

His Excellency and Mrs Scarce have given outstanding service to Time for Kids and the South Australian community, and are dedicated supporters of both youth development and the volunteering sector.

Our supporters Time for Kids works in partnership with a wide range of organisations to provide our services. Each year, the Commonwealth and State governments, various organisations, individuals and the corporate sector provide invaluable financial and in-kind support.

Our thanks go to our 2012 supporters: Adelaide Central Market

Future2 Foundation

Accolade Wines

Gemtree Wines

Adelaide Football Club

Geoff Merrill

Alexandra Giles

Give a Smile

Andy Foster

GJ Technology

Argo Investments

Glaetzer Wines

Australian Hotels Association, South Australia

Goldman Sachs JB Were Foundation

B3 Wines

Grace Clothing Charity

Bendigo Bank, Norwood

Griffin Hilditch Lawyers

Bridgewater Mill

Hardys Wines

Bunty Parsons

Heartland Wines

Bunnings Hardware


Community Benefit SA

Jarvis Walker

Crime Stoppers

John Hugo Wines

D’Arenberg Wines

Kangaroo Beach Lodge

David Dridan

Kangarilla Rd



Department for Families and Communities

Ladies Probus Club of Modbury

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Lion Nathan


Liza Emanuele

dmg Radio

Logic Plus

Dog Ridge Winery

Lyndrea Fashion Events

Dowie Doole

Macquarie Group Foundation

Edge Foundation

Melinda O’Leary & Jim Whalley


Michael Wilson

Everglades Foundation

Minter Ellison Foundation


Minter Ellison Lawyers

Federation Trading

Morialta Trust

Freemasons Foundation

Munro Property Group


Our supporters


O’Leary Walker

Rotary Club of Eastwood

Office for Youth


One Rundle Trading

SA Attorney Generals Department


Samuel Watkins

Parenting SA

Scales and Partners

Paul Fitzgerald

Seymour College

Paul Smith

Shaun Mercer

Pembroke School, in memory of Duncan Falconer

Shaw + Smith

Penna Lane

SmartLine Mortgage Advisers

Penny’s Hill Wines


Penny Riggs

Stirling Hotel



Petaluma Wines

The Highway

Peter Barry

The Lion Hotel

Peter Lehmann

The Liquor Industry Golf Day Charity Committee

Philip Scales

The Wood Foundation

Pindarie Wines

Universal Charitable Fund

Port Adelaide Football Club

Variety SA, The Children’s Charity

Pulteney Grammar School

Weber BBQ


Will Taylor Wines

Robyn Layton

Wirra Wirra

Rotary Club of Adelaide

Woods Cannon

Rotary Club of Adelaide West


Our supporters

2012: The year in review Guided by our recently renewed Strategic Plan, Time for Kids continued to go from strength to strength over the last financial year. While the challenging economic environment necessitated a reduction in staff numbers, improved processes and the introduction of a purpose built database have enabled us to reduce time spent on time on administration and focus on what we do best – work directly with children, families and our

Time for Kids mentees learning about fresh food preparation with Michael Angelakis at the Adelaide Central Market.

volunteer carers and mentors. businesses having Time for Kids collection tins on

We continue to work with many community partners, and under the guidance of community leader, Neville Highfold, Time for Kids has further strengthened our links with the Mari Yerta Aboriginal Corporation. This has increased our capacity to

The generosity of South Australians has been a constant inspiration to all of us at Time for Kids, and enables us to make a positive difference for more children and families.

work effectively, collaboratively and sensitively with Aboriginal children and families. We also continue to develop our network of community and business leaders, many of whom attended the annual Lionhearts Lunch in October. Once again, the lunch was organised by the Time for Kids Fundraising Committee – a group of generous and creative women, led by Georgina Hardy. Thanks to the generosity of South Australian wine makers, local businesses and the Lion’s Tim Gregg, the Lionhearts Lunch was another great success, which raised funds, awareness and immeasurable goodwill.

their counters, fashion parades and workplaces hosting staff fundraising events. The generosity of South Australians has been a constant inspiration to all of us at Time for Kids, and enables us to make a positive

difference for more children. The ‘Mentors Matter’ program has been a great success, and now accounts for around half of all volunteer applications. The mentoring program has been enhanced by a successful school holiday pilot program, which matches young people with corporate volunteers for fun day activities. This enables us to extend our reach to even more children, especially those on the waiting list for a permanent match. Thanks to the generosity of Time for Kids supporter and renowned coach, Andy Foster, we were able to offer free training to

A wide range of community groups and individuals

mentors to help them assist and interact with their

contributed to fundraising over the year, including

mentees more effectively.

primary students collecting gold coins at school,


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2012: The year in review Continued from page 20

Learning new skills at the Port Power Christmas Party.

Enjoying the Variety SA Christmas Party for Special Children.

Time for Kids now has a far greater presence online,

magic shows thanks to the Australian Lions Children’s

and we continue to seek innovative and effective ways

Mobility Foundation and the Rotary Club of Adelaide.

to communicate with our stakeholders and the SA

As always, the ever-generous Ladies of Variety held a

community. Communicating online has both increased

great range of events for kids to enjoy, including the

our reach and reduced our costs, and we will continue

popular Easter picnic at Carrick Hill and the Variety

to develop our website and social media tools to meet

Christmas Party for Special Children.

the needs of children, families and volunteers.

The Port Power Football Club opened their clubrooms

Over the course of the year, 176 children were

to Time for Kids children for Christmas, and held

matched with caring families or individuals. These

another fantastic Christmas party. This annual event

children come from a range of backgrounds and

provides a great opportunity for children, families,

circumstances, sharing just one simple characteristic:

volunteers and staff to celebrate Christmas together,

they are kids who need a break.

and is keenly anticipated each year.

Once again, these children received fantastic support

The 2011 Christmas toy drive was another great

from our community partners, and we were able to

success. Once again, we were overwhelmed by the

offer a range of activities and experiences. These

generosity of our donors and volunteers, who enabled

included tickets to Port Power home games, the

us to deliver Christmas gifts to every single Time for

opportunity to attend the Clipsal 500 thanks to the

Kids child, as well as their siblings. It is moving beyond

Department of Premier and Cabinet, various movie

words to see the face of child receiving an unexpected

days organised by Arthritis Australia and the Rotary

gift, or to get a teary phone call from a mum thanking

Club of Adelaide West, circus tickets provided by

us because she can put a present under the tree for

SCOSA and Circus Quirkus, and the chance to enjoy

her child.

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2012: The year in review Continued from page 21

Philip Scales AM with wife Bibby and son, Time for Kids President, Ben Scales.

TFK Ambassador, Alex Giles on her wedding day.

During the year we welcomed some new faces to the

growth of Time for Kids services. You will hear more

Time for Kids family, including the inspiring Alexandra

from us about the Time for Kids Foundation

Giles, who you can read more about on page 17 of this throughout the coming year. report. Two talented new directors have also joined our Management Board, Melinda O’Leary and Kathryn Jordan. You can read more about these accomplished and generous women on page 16.

We are very fortunate that Philip’s son, Ben Scales, has chosen to continue his family’s tradition of philanthropy and service to become our current President. You can read Ben’s President’s Message on

The past year was also been one of farewell, as our

page 6. Ben’s extensive corporate experience, financial

much loved and respected President, Philip Scales AM

expertise and lifelong association with Time for Kids

stepped down from the Management Board after

qualify him well to guide Time for Kids, and he has

more than 35 years of service with Time for Kids. As

assumed the role of President with the enthusiastic

the son of our founder, William Scales, Philip has had a support of Time for Kids staff, management and his lifetime’s association with Time for Kids, and we are fortunate that he will continue this invaluable association both as a member of the Mentor Approval Panel and as the Chair of the newly formed Time for Kids Foundation. The Foundation is an exciting new initiative for Time for Kids, which will enable us to create and develop a greater range of corporate partnerships, and to build


the capacity capital that will ensure the continued

fellow Directors.

Audited financial report


Audited financial report


Auditor’s statement


Auditor’s statement


Join us Become a volunteer carer


Regularly sharing your time with a child from a struggling family can make a world of difference to a child’s life. Our volunteers are provided with training and ongoing support from the Time for Kids staff and become part of a supportive network of volunteers across South Australia.

As community need for our program increases, so does our need for funds. We strive to match every child referred to Time for Kids with a caring volunteer family, individual or mentor as quickly as possible. To do this, we need the financial support of individuals and organisations as committed as we are to making a lifelong positive difference to children’s lives.

Share some school holiday time Whether you live in the country or the city, you can make a world of difference to a child by regularly sharing a few days during school holidays.

Assist grandparents raising grandchildren Many grandparents have fulltime care of their grandchildren. Sharing your time on a regular basis with a grandchild enables these children to have access to opportunities they might otherwise miss out on, as well as providing the grandparents with a much needed break.

To make a credit card donation, visit our website at www.timeforkids.com.au to donate via PayPal or the secure GiveNow site. If you would prefer to arrange a direct bank transfer, please call our office on (08) 8362 6311 or email anne@timeforkids.com.au

Donations can also be mailed to: Time for Kids PO Box 932 Kent Town 5071


Leaving a bequest ensures your generosity will Positive role models come in all ages, shapes and continue to improve the lives of children in South sizes. Although overnight respite care may not be Australia. For advice about leaving a gift to Time for Kids in your will, please contact our office on appropriate for you or your family, you can still (08)8362 6311 or email anne@timeforkids.com.au make a world of difference by sharing regular mentor’s days. These take place once a week, fortnightly or monthly, and can be for a morning, Time for Kids staff are also available to visit your school or community group to tell them about afternoon or for a full day. Shared activities can the work we do, and about how they can become include playing or watching sport, bike riding, involved. bushwalking, cooking, going to the movies or exploring SA at places like the museum, art gallery, parks or beaches. Time for Kids staff will If you would like us to contact you or to send you more information about any of these or your own help you with ideas and activities. ideas, please call us on (08) 8362 6311 or email anne@timeforkids.com.au

Become a Time for Kids mentor

Volunteer at the Time for Kids office

Whatever your area of interest or expertise, You’re also welcome to visit the Time for Kids there are a range of ways to contribute at Time office, 72 Fullarton Road Norwood 5067, on any for Kids. We welcome regular volunteers and weekday between 9:00am – 5:00pm. people who wish to contribute their skills for oneoff projects. If you have a particular skill to share Time for Kids please speak to us, we will have a way to put it to 72 Fullarton Rd good use for the kids we care for. Norwood 5067 P: (08) 8362 6311 Fundraising Events F: (08) 8362 6711 If you would like to be involved with our E: info@timeforkids.com.au fundraising functions or arrange one of your own, W: www.timeforkids.com.au our volunteer Fundraising Committee would love to hear from you.