Monaro Early Intervention Service expands operations

LOCAL families with children who have a disability or developmental delay are set to benefit from the expansion of the Monaro Early Intervention Service (MEIS).

MEIS recently purchased the house next door to its current location in Hill Street.

With enrolments growing from 30 to 60 over the last three years, and limited space, the MEIS management committee saw it as necessary to purchase the house when it came up for sale.

MEIS management committee member Mick Boyce said the building will be used for the expansion of the service including provision of rooms for therapy services such as speech pathology and occupational therapy.

"It really is a great addition to the services available to families with children with a disability or a developmental delay," he said.

A direct letter appeal was made to raise money to cover the cost of the building of $210,000 plus costs of $3,550.

Mr Boyce said there was an overwhelming response raising $70,575.

An additional $5,449 was raised from the Sip'n'Swing night and $7,912 from the 2012 Golf Day.

The rest of the money came from funds from previous fund raisers and working funds of $74,361 and a Westpac loan of $55,253

"The families and friends of MEIS are incredibly grateful to the response to the appeal .It was something that had to be done in a hurry and people across the whole three shires responded," Mr Boyce said.

An advisory board has been established to guide the management committee on how to proceed with the expansion.

"They are helping us plan for the future," Mr Boyce said.

"This is really the first step," he said.

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