Sharing the care of youth

Putting smiles on faces: Share Care are committed to their efforts in fundraising to make the lives of young people like Tomasi Tuicomia and Emily King better.
Putting smiles on faces: Share Care are committed to their efforts in fundraising to make the lives of young people like Tomasi Tuicomia and Emily King better.

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The care and dedication the staff have for their clients at Share Care is evident as soon as you speak to them. “We love our clients,” said Fundraising and Events Manager Sarah Sanders. “We adore them, they’re like part of the family.” 

Share Care provide a number of irreplaceable services for families across the region. They are strong advocates for the rights, freedoms and dignities of all people with a disability. Their mission is to provide young people living with a disability the opportunity to receive supportive,  engaging, meaningful support services that assist them in reaching their full potential. 

The focus of services at Share Care is on children and young people. They provide after school care programs, vacation care, Friday night social nights for young adults, as well as the more traditional community participation programs.

Recent funding changes to the NDIS scheme have proved disappointing to Share Care as it means they are unable to access funds as easily as before in order to provide care. 

However Ms Sanders said that Share Care are planning on increasing fundraising efforts even more and are hoping to gain more corporate partnerships in order to continue to provide the needed services. 

“We are concerned about the changes to the funding as sometimes in times of crisis families get desperate, especially in the lead up to Christmas. They have been known to relinquish care of their children to police stations and hospitals as they simply can’t cope. 

Share Care are facing a reduction in income of $3.5 million due to funding changes. The level of care however remains the same so the organisation needs to work had to cover this shortfall. 

Share Care run a successful Cash Housie program that currently runs in three venues across Sydney including Cabra Vale Diggers.

They also organise exciting programs and events such as trips to Dreamworld to perform and their annual Christmas party as well as organising work experience at Bunnings Bonnyrigg. 

“St Johns Bowling Club are our major sponsor and they support the clients and staff through their contribution. I don’t know what we’d do without them.” 

Share Care are looking for more sponsors like St Johns to come on board and take an interest in the lives of those young people and children in the community who are most in need. At the heart of everything they do is the compelling need to make the lives of children and young people and their families living with a disability better. 

“We have a dedicated and enthusiastic staff and we give 100 percent to our clients,” said Ms Sanders. Even though they are facing worrying times, the staff at Share Care believe the people they work with are worth fighting for. 

“We will never give up.”