Director of the Byron Shire Early Intervention Service, Zoe Webster, with Byron Farmers Market Manager Donald Recsei, Kai Dubois, and Nella and Maeve Hart.
Director of the Byron Shire Early Intervention Service, Zoe Webster, with Byron Farmers Market Manager Donald Recsei, Kai Dubois, and Nella and Maeve Hart.

Farmers market backs service

The Byron Shire Early Intervention Service is the grateful recipient of this year’s Byron Farmers’ Market ‘end of financial year’ community grant.

Early intervention is a service for children aged between zero and six years with learning difficulties and disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and developmental delay.

It has been operating in the Byron community since 1997, offering support, education, therapy and community involvement for children with longer term additional needs.

The main aim is to help each child to reach their full potential through movement, language, learning and play.

“When first told that their child has a disability or learning difficulty, many parents are overcome by feeling of shock, grief and fear,” said intervention service director Zoe Webster.

“Having access to professionals who understand what you’re going through, without the usual associated price tag, can make a huge difference to how parents cope.”

Manager of the Byron Farmers Market, Donald Recsei, said the farmers voted to donate to the service not only because of the wonderful support they provide to children and their families, but also because it helps the children to be more successful in becoming part of everyday life.

The service receives some state government funding, but relies heavily on fundraising to survive.

“The generosity of Mr Recsei and the Byron Farmers Market will help take some of the pressure off our already exhausted resources and allow us to continue to focus on improving our services,” Ms Webster said.

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