Local MP supports the growing demand for Learning Links services

Friday, 14 December 2018

Children and families attending Learning Links in Peakhurst are set to benefit from funding provided by the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program. The $30,250 funding granted to Learning Links will be put towards increasing the number of therapy rooms to accommodate the growing demand for intervention services for young children.

Member for Oatley, Mr Mark Coure MP, has been a proud advocate of Learning Links and its support services for young children with learning difficulties and disabilities in the local area, said Learning Links CEO, Ms Birgitte Maibom.

“Learning Links is a not-for-profit charitable organisation where limited funding is available to help children with learning difficulties and disabilities. This funding will be put towards the addition of two new therapy rooms allowing us to increase the capacity of our services and programs, equating to approximately 4,000 sessions per year across the two new rooms.

“In 2017/18, Learning Links experienced a 37% increase in the number of children we support, that is, 1,000 more children compared to the previous year. In order to meet the varied needs of our local families, it is necessary to make these vital modifications to deliver our extensive range of specialised services.

“Mr Coure MP is just as committed to our mission to help provide families with the support, skills and services to enable their children to reach their full potential, where learning difficulties are no longer a barrier to a fulfilling life. We are grateful for his ongoing support,” said Ms Maibom.

Mr Coure visited Learning Links on Tuesday, 4 December to meet with Ms Maibom and staff to discuss how this funding will benefit the organisation. Mr Coure was excited to view the drafted plans for the facility and said these renovations will open up new opportunities for Learning Links.

“Learning Links is a wonderful organisation that has been providing services to children and families for over 45 years to help tackle the barriers children with learning difficulties and disabilities face. I am pleased to announce that the organisation will receive $30,250 to go towards site modifications to increase their service capacity. Congratulations to the Board and the Leadership Team for all your outstanding work,” said Mr Coure.

Learning Links is a not-for-profit charitable organisation established in 1972 by parents concerned about the lack of appropriate education and support services for children with learning difficulties. Learning Links works with these children, their families and schools offering tailored programs and services to improve the children’s learning, wellbeing and participation helping them reach their full potential.