A State Government-supported Lotterywest grant would help more families with babies and young children to access and benefit from the vital services of Western Australia’s leading parenting organisation.
Premier Colin Barnett today presented Ngala Community Services with $1,522,042 to upgrade its Kensington office and enable the organisation to expand services to more families throughout WA.
Mr Barnett congratulated Ngala on its commitment to serving the community since 1890 and acknowledged its ability to evolve to meet the changing needs of WA families.
“For more than a century, Ngala Community Services has promoted the right of every child to grow up in a healthy, safe and caring environment,” the Premier said.
“This grant will help Ngala further extend its programs and undertake major renovations at its Kensington premises.”
Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said Ngala’s services were an essential resource for more than 40,000 families each year.
“Ngala’s outstanding commitment to early parenting and child development has made it a leading resource for families in Western Australia,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“From both its central premises in Kensington and six service centres in the metropolitan area, Ngala provides consultations; a helpline and parenting workshops; professional education; and group programs. It has contact each year with nearly 40 per cent of families with new babies.”
Programs assist parents with information, support and strategies on sleep and settling; nutrition and breastfeeding; early brain development; growth and guiding children’s behaviour; and fathering.
However, with a growing demand for support and an increase in visitor numbers and staff, Mr Barnett said the current premises needed renovations to improve future service delivery.
“The upgrades will include renovations and extensions; repairs; a new air-conditioning system; landscaping and new meeting rooms; and office areas to create a better environment for staff, volunteers and families,” he said.
It will also provide refurbishment to the Ngala Helpline facility which receives about 20,000 calls each year.
The Premier noted that Ngala was one of the first organisations to receive a Lotterywest grant, of 20 pounds, back in 1933.
“2013 heralds Lotterywest’s 80th year - that's 80 years of supporting not-for-profit organisations and initiatives that strengthen our communities,” Mr Barnett said.
Liberal National Govt allocated $29m to establish 10 new child and parent centres at school sites to provide vital services to families with young children at risk
$7.5m has been committed to upgrade childcare, family and neighbourhood centres by the Liberal National Government
In 2011-12, Lotterywest distributed $257m for beneficiaries including $116.5m given in direct grants to more than 1,000 different community organisations throughout WA
WA is the only State where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support a range of good causes
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