AF­TER SCHOOL ALL COOL

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

IT’S the af­ter-school care pro­gram go­ing above and be­yond.

The Angli­care-run pro­gram at Halinda School in Wha­lan has been op­er­at­ing for eight years .

Sup­port­ing fam­i­lies with chil­dren with a dis­abil­ity, the pro­gram aims to as­sist par­ents to one day re­turn to work or study.

Af­ter School Care co­or­di­na­tor Leona Gal­lagher said its fo­cus was on the spe­cific needs of fam­i­lies.

“We fo­cus on giv­ing stu­dents op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­de­pen­dence,” she said.

Ja­cob van Gent, of Doon­side, said Af­ter School Care had been a big help for his sons, Ja­cob, 13, and Ethan, 8.

“Ja­cob ab­so­lutely loves it and I can see the pro­gram has been fan­tas­tic for him,” he said. “While Ja­cob is in care, I can spend some one-on-one time with Ethan, who also has cere­bral palsy.”

The pro­gram cur­rently has va­can­cies. De­tails: 8805 0998.

Ja­cob van Gent with sons Ethan, 8, and Ja­cob, 13. Pic­ture: David Swift

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