One in three children in Australia’s most disadvantaged communities start school developmentally vulnerable and they continue to fall behind as they progress through school.
Ardoch seeks to change this.
Ardoch is a children’s education charity focused on improving educational outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged communities.
We believe that every child’s potential should be realised through full participation in education. This belief inspires us to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes of children in disadvantaged communities.
Australia’s most impactful education partner supporting children in disadvantaged communities.
school and early years partners
volunteer hours contributed
Literacy Buddies® and Numeracy Buddies programs
Broadening Horizons experiences
“Often our students have had little contact with stable, caring and warm-hearted adults. The quality of Ardoch volunteers has been outstanding.”
“Some children have become noticeably more confident in reading, tackling new words and more challenging materials.”
“We have a large majority of students who feel unsure of their communication skills in English. To see them engaging and communicating was very memorable as a teacher.”
We have seen many children who find learning to read difficult burst with eagerness when the Ardoch volunteers arrive.”
“The flourishing rapport between the volunteers and students has not only encouraged a love of reading but a trusting and safe environment for children to engage in meaningful and educational conversations.”
“It has opened the students’ eyes to possible jobs they could get involved in and the importance of working hard at school.”
“Thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to open our students’ minds and awareness to the world of possibilities!”
“Our students demonstrated a higher degree of social skills not usually observed at school and they also exhibited a higher degree of self-regulation and social awareness. Amazing day!”
“[The students] showed a newfound appreciation for what the words ‘engineering’ or ‘science’ or ‘chemistry’ actually meant… I only received positive feedback when asked if they would want to pursue these fields in the future.”
“I would like to thank you for the incredible volunteers you have placed at [our kindergarten] this year.”
Early Years Director
“The support of your volunteer program has ensured we are able to confidently provide the additional learning support the children need.”