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.