Ardoch delivers education support programs to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes for vulnerable children.
Learn about our approach to keeping children safe.
Work for Ardoch.
Strategy 2025 sets out five strategic priorities for Ardoch to focus on as we work towards our vision.
Ardoch’s history – 30 years of impact.
Ardoch’s Annual and Financial Reports.
The team at Ardoch work tirelessly every day to drive our mission forward and support more children in disadvantaged communities.
The philanthropic, corporate and community partners who support our programs.
Ardoch delivers educational programs to children in disadvantaged communities. Our programs promote literacy and STEM learnings and enhance student aspirations by broadening their horizons.
Ardoch’s Literacy Support provides early intervention programs to improve the literacy and language skills of children in their crucial early and primary school years.
STEM Support provides a suite of programs to foster children’s STEM skills in fun, engaging and relevant ways.
Ardoch’s Broadening Horizons programs provide a range of unique and engaging learning and life experiences.
Ardoch uses an outcomes framework that is common to all of our programs to measure the impact of our work.
Ardoch School Costs Guide.
We measure our program outcomes using a range of methodologies and conduct internal and external evaluations to assess the impact of our programs.
Ardoch partners with schools that are identified as needing educational support.
Published external research and evaluation reports.
Volunteers are central to Ardoch’s work. We offer opportunities to volunteer individually or as part of a workplace.
Over the year Ardoch offers different events that our supporters can attend or sponsor.
Become a corporate partner and help improve the educational outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged communities.
Leaving a gift to Ardoch in your Will is an especially thoughtful and valued form of support.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of its supporters to help every child realise their potential. We offer several different ways to fundraise for Ardoch.
If you become a regular donor, your monthly donation will provide important, ongoing funding that will help every child realise their potential.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of philanthropy, corporate partners and the community to deliver our programs.
Ardoch is now offering regional students the taste of success with our recent expansion of the Learning Through Lunch program into regional Victoria. Supported with funding from the Victorian Government as part of the ‘Raising Rural and Regional Student Aspirations’ program, Ardoch will be scaling these education support programs into seven regional communities over three years, partnering with 35 primary schools per year and supporting 3,300 students facing disadvantage. In 2020 the program was adapted to be Covid -safe to ensure children and young people experiencing disadvantage can continue to gain access to the program’s benefits.
The success of the launch can be demonstrated by this excerpt from a report by Linton Primary School student, Hunter, who wrote:
‘On the 23rd of November we had a very special visit from Tim Bone. Some of you may know him because he was on season 11 of Master Chef last year.
I would like to pay a massive respect to Ms Mitchell my teacher and Joe Reed the Ardoch coordinator for organising this event.
Tim Bone came to cook us a lovely lunch containing his specialty which was toasties. Before we had the delicious lunch Joe sat us down for a little talk, we watched two 7 minute videos one about someone called Bianca. She is a paramedic and she answered questions asked by people on the video. The same happened with Gabi, she is an engineer she answered questions asked by people on the video. We then talked about what we wanted to be when we grow up.
This was a very cool visit. I think a lot of people tried food outside of their comfort zone with the toasties and the salads. We really enjoyed this visit and are grateful for the delicious toasties.’
With COVID-19 disrupting children’s education and Ardoch’s ability to deliver using traditional face-to-face methods, both programs have adapted their models to ensure children and young people experiencing disadvantage can still access and benefit from these programs.
In the first of Ardoch’s regional programs in Ballarat, Learning Through Lunch was delivered to the students in the classroom with Speed Careers offered as a virtual experience.
The Ardoch team were thrilled to partner with Ballarat local and MasterChef Australia Semi-Finalist, Tim Bone, to offer his delicious toasties and healthy salad options for the students. Tim also took part in a Q&A session with the students about MasterChef, food, what it means to realise your potential and how to achieve your goals.
This exciting launch of our Learning Through Lunch and Speed Careers programs into Ballarat looked a little different to what we had originally envisaged, however we are incredibly proud that we can still deliver an impactful experience for these primary school students.