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Purpose-built centre opens in Ashfield to support people with disability

21 September 2012

NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance and Member for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli have today opened the newly refurbished Wesley LifeSkills Centre in Ashfield, which offers social support and learning opportunities for people with disability.

“The 17 clients who use the centre were directly consulted about some of the features of this new state-of-the-art facility,” Mr Constance said.

“It includes a sensory room which provides a dynamic and educational environment for all who use it, a computer lab and a fully landscaped garden.”

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that people with disability, their families and carers are at forefront of decision making about the services they need, and the collaborative approach to develop the LifeSkills Centre demonstrates this person centred approach.”

Member for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli said the Rotary Club of Sydney supported the project, raising $250,000, and it was completed within a year.

“The consultative approach to the development of this centre has already created a strong sense of belonging and ownership among the clients,” Mr Casuscelli said.

“I congratulate the Wesley Mission for their leadership and commitment in ensuring people with disability are empowered to live the life they want to lead and have access to high quality community based activities.”

The NSW Government supports the Wesley Mission with recurrent funding of $12.5 million to provide services including accommodation, carer support, flexible respite and community participation.

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