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TRY Australia is now Sparkways! Find out why and how it might affect you here.

Who We Are

Since 1883, Sparkways has been supporting children, young people, and families all across Victoria.

We are a social enterprise working alongside our communities to ensure every child and young person is given every opportunity to reach their full potential.

We’re here to be the spark of change. To help light the way for a lifelong journey of accomplishment and achievement.

Our Purpose

We partner with children and young people who find themselves facing challenges to inclusion and participation. By intervening in these key times, we can help facilitate a journey of engagement, contribution, and accomplishment for them and their communities.

What Sets Us Apart

At Sparkways, we are committed to fostering the innate talents, confidence and potential in every child and young person we work with.

In all our work, we take a collaborative and evidence-based approach that allows us to ensure that our programs are always delivering long-lasting and meaningful outcomes.

Last year, we provided...

1,621
Children and young people supported with education and training
45
Early learning in kindergarten and long day care services around Victoria
1,500 +
Hours of mentoring

The Try Society

A man ahead of his time, W. M. Forster founded the TRY Society in 1883 with the mission of helping the youth of Melbourne. Though the name may have changed, the mission and values of our founder W. M. Forster continue to guide Sparkways in everything we do.

Our Values

Involve and Be Involved

The Sparkways approach is to always collaborate. We work together with communities to discover and design the best possible solution for their unique needs and challenges.

Partners in Accomplishment

Our reputation is built on being a partner you can trust. We’re committed to making a lasting difference for the individual and communities we serve, something that is only possible through the collaboration and support from our partners.

Make Ideas Happen

In the tradition of our founder W. M. Forster, we believe in generating positive, meaningful social change through new and innovative ways of doing things. We are passionate about delivering real outcomes that improve our community.

Get Involved Today

There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of the children and young people in your community.