Recre­ate life­line

Central Leader - - News -

Kirsty Hollingsworth’s so­cial life will be back on track next month thanks to some emer­gency fund­ing.

The Mt Al­bert teen was at­tend­ing pro­grammes at Recre­ate Auck­land, un­til a fi­nan­cial cri­sis forced it to stop op­er­at­ing last month.

But a life­line from the ASB Com­mu­nity Trust has al­lowed the char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­vides recre­ation pro­grammes for young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and sup­port for their fam­i­lies, to con­tinue its ser­vice.

“It’s fan­tas­tic,” says Kirsty’s mother Mar­garet.

She in­tends to send the trust a per­sonal thank-you let­ter.

“March was okay but we missed the times when Kirsty could go out and do things like an 18-year-old and have her space.”

She says some events are still be­ing held this month and all pro­grammes will be run­ning again by April.

Recre­ate Auck­land Trust chair­woman Carol Choufeh says the ASB Trust pro­vided tran­si­tional fund­ing to keep the ser­vice go­ing un­til spon­sors hon­our their com­mit­ments for fur­ther fund­ing.

The ser­vice has some new ex­per­tise on board to help with fundrais­ing.

Recre­ate’s three staff mem­bers are back on board on re­duced hours.

The ser­vice will also be mov­ing to the One­hunga Com­mu­nity Cen­tre which will mean lower rent and a more cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

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