Ex-childcare site gets new life in Miller

Specialised care: Share Care Incorporated director Kristy Funnell and educational leader June Makirere at the site of a new centre for children with disabilities. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Specialised care: Share Care Incorporated director Kristy Funnell and educational leader June Makirere at the site of a new centre for children with disabilities. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

A south-west Sydney-based respite service which provides specialised care for children and youth with disabilities hopes to open a new centre in Miller.

Share Care Incorporated is looking to raise funds to renovate a former childcare centre site and turn it into a safe place for disabled children and their families.

Share Care chief executive officer Claire Pearson said Share Care currently services about 350 families each week from Liverpool, Bankstown and Fairfield, and the new centre would cater for 53 extra children per day.

"The site has not been used for about five years and needs a full renovation," she said.

"We are really calling upon the local community to step up and donate their money or even services.

"Aside from building materials, people can also sponsor a tree as we plan on planting six trees which cost about $180 each."

Ms Pearson said the site's location was chosen because of the area's low social economic status and high rate of disability and disadvantage.

"We get a lot of children who are aged from four years old and up," she said.

"It is often hard for them to get into mainstream schools because they have not been exposed to any early intervention.

"A minimum of 30 per cent of the children at the centre will have a special need and it is important for them to interact with the other children."

Details and donations: Email Claire Pearson, cpearson@sharecare.org.au or visit, sharecare.org.au.

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