An outdoor playground, an outreach truck and technology that will make fairy tales a reality for children in Orange and the Central West have won $233,842 in funding.
The funding was part of $773,000 donated by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation to agencies across regional NSW announced on Thursday.
Housing Plus has received $77,926 to build a playground as part of its new Orange women’s crisis accommodation centre, The Orchard, which is due to open late next year.
Head of Community Services Penny Dordoy said it would cover the full cost of constructing the playground.
“Children will be able to play and learn and socialise and interact while they are dealing with one of the hardest times in their lives,” she said.
Veritas House has received $50,000 toward refurbishing a one-bedroom flat used to provide a transition space for young people experiencing homelessness after escaping a negative home environment.
Business Development Manager Narelle Stocks said the unit was in Bathurst.
However she said they wanted to establish a similar unit in Orange and would be seeking funding next year.
“We certainly hope we could have a family facility like it in Orange,” she said.
“There is a gap in the resources we have in Orange.”
The Cerebral Palsy Alliance has been given $71,000 to buy two Mobile Magic Carpet projection machines for use in its Orange, Newcastle, Dubbo and Port Macquarie centres.
A report by the Foundation said it would allow children with limited movement and muscle function to participate in play through the projection of images.
“It is making fairy tales a reality for more than 900 children,” it said.
Newcastle group Out(fit) will receive $123,000 to create an outreach truck, a mobile resource unit, to assist disadvantaged people in regional areas including the Central West.
The Northcott Society’s Everyday Life Dubbo facility will receive $33,000 toward an upgrade while Compass Housing’s Grow A Star scholarship program will get $55,000 for its work in the Central West, Mid North Coast and Hunter regions.
And the KIDS Foundation See More Safety program received $98,000 to deliver its child safety program to 650 child care centres and pre-schools in regional and rural NSW.
Charitable Foundation chairman Phil Neat said each project had to start work within a year and be completed by the end of 2021.
He said it has donated $19.1 million since 2003.
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