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The literacy program changing children’s lives

Local kids are writing their own stories of success thanks to a creative writing and literacy program in Woolloomooloo.


Primary school children in Woolloomooloo are building skills and confidence through an inspired Story Factory program to improve literacy and academic outcomes.

The program at Plunkett Street Public School is supported by a City of Sydney $10,000 cash grant, part of our matching grants program.

Story Factory helps young people most at risk of low literacy, particularly young people from Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse and lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Since 2012, the not-for-profit organisation has helped more than 16,000 young Sydneysiders find their voice through creative writing and literacy programs.

“We've been working with these terrific kids for four years now and we have watched their writing confidence just grow and grow,” said Helen Coolican, storyteller for the Story Factory.

“Our volunteer writing tutors are key to that success because of the way they engage with the kids one-on-one and the trust they build with them.

“With this program we'll boost our volunteers’ tutoring skills even more, supporting them to achieve even greater results for the kids."

Our matching grants are offered in 3 rounds each year. They’re open to individuals, unincorporated community groups, non-profit and for-profit organisations.

Published 5 April 2019