Liverpool Community Access Service celebrates 20 years of supporting adults with cerebral palsy
Volunteers, local business leaders and supporters applauded for changing lives
The dedication of a group of business leaders and volunteers back in 1994 is being applauded for changing the lives of Liverpool residents with a disability.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Liverpool Community Access Service (Liverpool CAS) on Saturday held a special celebration to mark its 20 year anniversary.
Original staff member Jane Chidgey, who has seen locals with a disability attend Liverpool CAS over the last 20 years, says it has been life-changing for many.
‘Liverpool CAS gives adults with a disability the opportunity to pursue interests like art and music, and develop social circles that are so important for building self-esteem and confidence’, Jane said.
‘Importantly, it also enables families and carers to get some much-needed respite from the daily demands of caring for an adult with a disability.
‘Liverpool CAS is a great resource for the local community and we are indebted to the foresight of volunteers and local business leaders who helped us make this centre a reality back in 1994’.’
Liverpool CAS began providing services in a community centre in Wattle Grove in April 1994, whilst the purpose built building was being constructed in Liverpool.
It was built on council land by a team of volunteers lead by Dominic Vitocco. Prominent business leaders involved in planning, designing and constructing Liverpool CAS included Pat Sergi (representing the fundraisers including the Italian Affair Committee), Mark Latham and Leslie Fonseca (Liverpool Council), and Owen Schipp and John Willet (Miller TAFE). Penny Baldwin and Anna Clark represented the then Spastic Centre.
Liverpool CAS services moved to the permanent building after its official opening in May 1995.
Two decades later, 19 clients attend Liverpool CAS including two of the original clients from the temporary premises in Wattle Grove.
Past and present staff, clients and families joined the 20th birthday celebrations at Liverpool CAS on Saturday.
Released on 14 Apr 2014