Trustees stay positive

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1000 Days Trust members (from left) chairwoman Prue Halstead, navigator/community liaison person Megan Pearson, manager Renee Stevenson and clinical co-ordinator Rochelle Nebbs last year.

INVERCARGILL charity the 1000 Days Trust, which finishes this month with its “pilot project” period and funding coming to an end, looks set to return to business as usual early next year.

The trust hoped to secure further funding from the Government, trust chairwoman Prue Halstead said.

“We’ve said all along this isn’t the end,” she said last Friday

The trust had engaged with almost 60 Southland families as an early intervention programme supporting parents for the first 1000 days of their baby’s life, she said.

Discussions with the Government had been positive and the trust was “aiming to have a residence up and running again by early next year”, she said.

The Government is pledging $321 million towards a “Social Investment Package” in the May 25 Budget.

“The Government’s commitment in this regard is exciting, and we feel confident we’ll be part of that picture in future,” Ms Halstead said.

The Southern Trust donated $50,000 to the 1000 Days Trust at the end of its first year in August 2016.

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