This year UnitingCare Burnside will honour its one hundred-year contribution to the social welfare of underprivileged children, young people and their families through its multifaceted Centenary Campaign.
Established in 1911, UnitingCare Burnside is an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia and a leading non-Government child and family agency based at North Parramatta, Sydney.
Over its existence Burnside has developed into one of the largest and most reputable providers of child and family services in New South Wales.
Although Burnside's homes for children ceased operating in the late 1980s, its commitment to the care and protection of children and young people has remained central, with Burnside's practices changing over the years to reflect a greater understanding of child development, the impact of trauma, the importance of education and the power of connection.
Today, Burnside works directly with children, young people and families in programs for early intervention, child wellbeing, child protection and out-of-home care. Burnside works in disadvantaged communities across New South Wales and in 2010 worked with 13,000 families, children and young people.
To celebrate its achievements, Burnside will host a one-year-long campaign commencing on January 2011 across New South Wales, promoting three main themes:
Acknowledging and honouring the past
Showcasing contemporary child welfare practices and Burnside's role in NSW context
Creating a vision for the future for children.