National Families Week 15 – 21 May 2011

May 11, 2011 10:34 am
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed that May 15 shall be observed as the International Day of Families.
The United Nations states that “this annual observance reflects the importance which the international community attaches to families as basic units of society as well as its concern regarding their situation around the world.

National Families Week is timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May. This day is observed by the United Nations to mark the importance that the international community places on families as the most fundamental units of society, as well as to draw attention to the plight of families in many parts of the world.

National Families Week 2011 will be held between 15-21 May 2011. This year’s theme is: “Sticking together: families in good and tough times”.

The aim of National Families Week 2011 is to encourage everyone to think about the things that make their family strong in both good and tough times whatever their circumstances. This Families Week let’s all take time to explore ways we can support each other – in our families and communities – through all the ups and downs of daily life. 

All Australians, including community organisations, schools, councils, companies and individuals are invited to participate in National Families Week each year.

The Australian Government, through the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, funds National Families Week with Families Australia. Centrelink also promotes National Families Week and provides support through its national network.