It's not many organisations that can boast confidently that their annual report is definitely NOT boring. But we do.
Our Annual Report for 2015-16 provides a great snapshot of a year of colourful, crazy, full-on action and activity at the Sydney Story Factory. And what an amazing year it was!
It includes Cath Keenan's Australia Day address, original poems and stories by students, profiles of young writers that speak volumes about how our programs are changing lives, and a collection of facts and stats that will have you gripped (just how many pencils do you think were sharpened on Thursday afternoons in the course of a year, after they'd been blunted by enthusiastic young writers?).
Our Not Boring Annual Report is also packed with quotes from our students about why they loved unleashing their creativity, and from parents and teachers and community workers and volunteers who are seeing first-hand the impacts of our programs in the lives of the young people they care for. Like these...
“I thought it was very fun and educational. The best part was having our own personal tutor who could help us share our idea and there was no being wrong.”
Derica, Ashfield Public School
"She was so proud of her story she took it into class yesterday to show her teacher and she let her read out some of it to the class, so she was beaming when I picked her up from school."
Sheryl, mother to Holly, Sunday program
“At school there’s a time limit and [the kids] don’t get a chance to interact with community… [With the Sydney Story Factory] they’re given a VIP opportunity to express themselves, that they don’t get at home or school.”
Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth, community elder at Yurungai Barnardos Learning Centre
"Helping kids to express their hopes, ideas, frustrations , dreams and fears ... is deeply rewarding. Assisting in helping kids to discover and use, in even the smallest way, their ‘voice’ is a gift I am willing to give over and over again."
Anthony Hunt, volunteer