Variety - the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to helping kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. By providing support through grants, programs, scholarships and experiences, Variety helps kids in need get a fair go in life. In 2018 Variety helped 39,500 kids with over 200 conditions, providing practical help and support when families need it most.
Variety’s work allows kids to gain mobility and freedom, to get out and about in the community, be able to communicate, achieve independence and increase self-esteem, and decrease the strain on families. All purchases and grants for equipment and services are made directly by Variety to ensure that every dollar gets through to where it is needed most.
How we help:
Variety Grants help kids communicate, increase their self-esteem and social skills, and get out and about to enjoy the freedom of being a child.
We provide practical and essential help for individuals and organisations in need. We grant medical & mobility supplies & equipment, technology, vehicle modifications, educational resources, feeds, nappies and wigs.
Our programs educate and empower kids. Our Activate Inclusion Sports Days give kids with disabilities the chance to try different sports they may never been able to play before. The Variety Just Like You schools program is an anti-bullying program that educates kids and build awareness of people with a disability. The Variety Kids Choir is an inclusive vocal group for young people aged 12 to 18, who share a love of music, singing and performing.
Starting with Art is a program for school students with disabilities designed to create a journey of discovery and adventure through the world of art.
Variety Heart Scholarships empower the leaders, sports stars and artists of tomorrow. The Scholarship supports kids with a demonstrated talent who are living with a disability, chronic illness or financial hardship, to pursue their dream and realise their potential.
We bring joy and inclusion to kids and their families. We hold exciting events such as the Variety Kids Xmas Parties, Musical Picnics and story time, and Variety Family Fun Days. We also help create Variety Livvi’s Place inclusive playspaces, so all kids can enjoy playing side by side.