Following concerns raised by Manly MP, James Griffin over the future funding of Seaforth’s Dalwood Spilstead Service, there’s been a welcome breakthrough.

Mr Griffin said the Early Intervention and Support Service is globally recognised for its outstanding provision of multidisciplinary health, education and support services for families with difficulties in caring and parenting their children during the early years.

“Although there will be funding changes, I welcome news that the North Sydney Local Health District’s recurrent funding is to continue and will not be withdrawn,” Mr Griffin said.

“Funding through The Benevolent Society, which has been involved with Dalwood for more than 10 years, will also continue although under new arrangements.

“From 30 June 2024, The Benevolent Society will provide NSW Family Preservation Services for all newly referred families, living in the Northern Sydney Region and which need this support.

Mr Griffin said, “In a further boost, to ensure the sustainability of the Dalwood Spilstead Service, the Health Service will provide additional funding until the end of 2024.

“I am also encouraged by advice that Service Managers within the Northern Sydney Local Health District are actively working to identify potential additional funding beyond 2024.

“The ongoing and unwavering support of the Dalwood Auxiliary members should also be acknowledged.”

Mr Griffin said, “If Service Clubs and other charitable organisations are able to assist, I invite them to contact my office so we can turn uncertainty into assurances that this valuable service for young children in need of a helping hand will continue.

“I encourage individual philanthropists and philanthropic companies to also consider supporting this world-renowned service.

Further information on the Dalwood Spilstead Service can be found at www.dalwoodspilstad.com