Ardoch is a children’s education charity focused on improving educational outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged communities.

We partner with schools and early years services to deliver tailored education support programs that aim to increase engagement in education, build aspirations, enhance learning outcomes and increase the confidence of children and young people living in disadvantaged communities. We mobilise community and workplace volunteers to support schools and early childhood services. We also advocate for and seek to influence policy change to reduce inequity in education.

Ardoch has provided education support to children and young people in disadvantaged communities for over 25 years. The work of Ardoch began in 1988 with founder Kathy Hilton OAM’s determination to see a 17-year-old girl experiencing homelessness stay at school and complete her education. Since then, Ardoch has helped thousands of children and young people to stay at school, receive a helping hand with their education and have access to more choices and opportunities in life.

Ardoch works with thousands of children and young people in schools and early years services in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

Vision

Every child’s potential is realised through full participation in education.

Mission

Our mission is to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities by:

  • mobilising volunteers and connecting partners* to build the capacity of schools and early years services in these communities; and
  • advocating for, and influencing policy change to reduce inequity in education.

*Our partners include volunteers, schools and early years services, businesses, philanthropists, government, communities, and other service delivery organisations.

Theory of Change

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