At a time when childcare and school-holiday programs are becoming increasingly unaffordable for some families, Inspire Youth and Community Centre offer an opportunity for the disadvantaged.
For the small cost of $5 a day, every child in the school-holiday program gets food, good-quality attention from staff and hands-on activities.
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller visited the non-profit organisation and charity and while she was there she handed out encouragement awards. “It was a genuine delight to listen and see the program and it’s a very good program. It’s run by volunteers who are getting work experience, which is really important, especially in the childcare industry,” she said.
“We understand there’s a shortage of good quality vacation care that’s inexpensive because it is expensive for families to find. We need to support whatever outlets we have and make sure they’re of high quality.”
Inspire has been running for three years, averaging 35 children per day during the school holidays who are aged 3 to 15.
Inspire Youth & Community Centre Manager Rhonda Rumble said they had not received help with funding the programs and had been working off the $5 fee per child.
High school students come to the centre for work experience and the other workers are volunteers. “This program has been really successful. Funding has been a big issue but we’re slowly building it up,” she said.