Respite centre seeks help to upgrade services

December 3, 2017 by  

A not-for-profit respite service is reaching out to business owners and the broader community in Wantirna South, Heathmont, and across the outer east, to help fund a much needed upgrade.

The call is coming from Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ representatives who are seeking to raise $120,000 towards the project that aims to totally revamp a currently “rundown” sector of its operation.

General Manager David Williamson said the aim is to transform the outdoor area to include a cubby house, swing and sensory wall, which features animal sculptures and interactive play panels.

He said the in-demand service, which is housed in a 1970s building and is overdue for a refurbishment, caters for up to 200 adults and children with disabilities, and gives them an opportunity to make friends and enjoy activities together.

Ringwood North resident Fiona Fisher, whose autistic son has been attending the venue for five years, encouraged businesses and members of the community to help if they are able to.

She said upgrading the facility to include sensory walls and other stimulating features would be a great asset to everyone who used the space.

Flyer printing and media coverage are helping to raise awareness to the fundraising appeal, and Fisher said any help people could provide to make the revamp a reality will be a positive step towards assisting the area’s young people.