24 January 2023

Life Without Barriers joined Kurbingui’s ‘Back to School Day’ event, giving local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people a fun kick-off for the school year ahead.

Two Life Without Barriers staff members at the Kurbingui Back to School Day holding up pencil cases with hand-drawn designs.

On Friday 13 January 2023, the Brisbane Region Child, Youth and Family (CYF) Team, along with a number of other government and non-government agencies, had the privilege of joining our colleagues at Kurbingui Youth and Family Development for their annual 'Back to School Day' event.

This fun-filled event saw Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people come along and engage in free child-focused activities at each stall.

Each young person received a ‘passport’ and was required to get a stamp at every stall. Once the ‘passport’ was filled, they could collect a free backpack that was filled with back-to-school goodies to help children get ready and excited for the new school year.

Two women at the Kurbingui Back to School Day holding up backpacks.

There was even a barber at the event giving out free haircuts to children and young people, and - no surprises - there was always a long line of people waiting.

At the Life Without Barriers stall, the Brisbane CYF Team helped children complete a “passport stamp” activity where they hand-decorated their own pencil case. Some beautiful artwork was produced on the day.

Two pencil cases with hand-drawn designs.

Life Without Barriers Carer Assessor, Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Nicole Pulsford said the event was a wonderful day on many levels.

“We had a great turnout at the Back to School event, with almost 150 young jarjums attending from the Brisbane community."

"At our colour-your-own-pencil-case stall, it was fantastic to see the young people sharing pride in their culture with so many Aboriginal flags drawn and coloured in."

”It was wonderful to be a part of this family-inclusive event as it allowed Life Without Barriers to meaningfully contribute to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and support local families through their child’s education,” said Nicole.

Life Without Barriers staff members standing together at a stall at the Kurbingui Back to School Day.

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