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Silverlea needs tradies

Wednesday, 29th May, 2019

CEO of Siverlea Early Childhood Services, Tenille Hawse, inside the current day-care room which they want to improve and turn into a long day-care venture. PICTURE: Callum Marshall CEO of Siverlea Early Childhood Services, Tenille Hawse, inside the current day-care room which they want to improve and turn into a long day-care venture. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

Silverlea is looking for local tradespeople to volunteer their time to update their building as the local disability service prepares to launch a new long day-care venture. 

The call out comes during a difficult time for Silverlea after they lost $210,000 in NSW government funding and had a grant application to the federal government’s Community Grants Hub rejected.

So far the service has got by through generous community donations, including a recent $1000 from local state MP Roy Butler who visited the service on his trip to Broken Hill last week and offered his support.

With Silverlea applying for funds through Variety South Australia, a children’s charity, as well as working on an application for $100,000 of federal government emergency funding, CEO Tenille Hawse said tapping into the community’s generosity was required once more.

Ms Hawse said that improvements to the building would allow their long-day care venture to take place and ensure the service could continue.

“We’re seeking public support from tradespeople, painters, tilers, plumbers and so on, who would be happy to donate their time, resources and skills to update our current building and surrounds in preparation for our long day-care venture,” she said.

“That venture will provide long day-care to babies and toddlers in Broken Hill in a purpose-built service that supports access for all children.

“It’s a long-term plan that will enable us to be viable and sustainable in the changing environment.”

Ms Hawse said that not only would the improvements help out for funding applications but would deliver a much-needed local service.

“It will help fill a void in the local community because there’s waiting lists for caring for Broken Hill babies and toddlers,” she said.

“It will also help out parents who want to go back to work.

“The trades work will help make us to look brand new because in a way it’s almost opening a brand new service and given that the building’s quite old, we’ve got to work with what we have and rally together to improve it so that we can support all children in the community.”

Ms Hawse said that if tradespeople were interested in helpingthey could visit Silverlea between 9am and 3pm, or call the service on 8087 3971. From there, times to start and complete certain jobs could be worked out. 

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