Parents encouraged to use $100 Creative Kids vouchers

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Arts OutWest is encouraging parents of school aged kids across the region to make use of their Creative Kids vouchers.
The Creative Kids program provides $100 for each school-aged child in NSW to get involved in creative and cultural activities.

Vouchers can be used towards registration, participation and tuition costs for performing arts, visual arts, coding, languages, literature, music and other creative and cultural activities within an approved list of activity providers.

Across the NSW Central West 70 providers have now registered to accept the vouchers.

“The program allows kids to try new creative activities or continue participation in activities they love. It’s also supporting local artists and arts business in a field where it can often be tough to make a full-time living,” Arts OutWest executive director Tracey Callinan said. “We encourage parents to jump onto the Creative Kids website, claim their vouchers and find a local arts activity.”

Musician Simone Gough of Harmonie Group Facilitation is one of the signed up Creative Kids providers in the Central West. Simone runs weekly ukulele classes for both adults and children including in Cowra, Woodstock and Grenfell as well as hand drumming classes.

Simone is also a registered NDIS provider. $100 gets kids ten of her weekly lessons. She’s seen a significant boost to participation through the scheme saying:

the vouchers have “given more kids in the community opportunities to have a go and helped out parents who wouldn’t have been able to afford arts activities.”

The scheme is still open for new providers to register.

“It’s helped me to sustain myself as a full time community musician,” Simone Gough said.

Parents apply for the vouchers using their MyServiceNSW account and need to provide their child’s Medicare card details. The vouchers can be used any time during the calendar year.

Find a provider in your area at: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/find-creativekids-provider

Arts businesses can sign up to be a provider at: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/creative-kids

Image: Simone Gough. Photo: Cowra Guardian.

Creative Kids providers and activities in the NSW Central West

(As at 30 July 2019) sorted by local government area

BATHURST REGION

 BLAYNEY SHIRE

  • EmDance – dance

CABONNE SHIRE

COWRA

FORBES

LACHLAN SHIRE

LITHGOW

OBERON

ORANGE AREA

PARKES

  • Parkes Physical Culture Club – dance
  • Parkes School of Dance Inc – dance
  • The Sewing Shed – design
  • Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society – theatre http://www.parkesmandd.comau

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