Every Wednesday Parentline host an under school age activity at Ainslie called Paint and Play. Today was the last Paint and Play EVER because the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher and Minister Joy Burch, MLA are threatening the future of Parentline’s services – predominantly a discreet helpline for parents, which includes referrals to local services. Paint and Play is run on the smell of an oily rag mostly because staff largely volunteer their time by getting all the craft activities and toys ready in their own time. It is the most wonderful service for parents with young children and it’s completely free (though gold coin donations are gladly received).
To help reverse the decision regarding Parentline’s funding, join other parents in emailing your concerns (template example below) to Minister Joy Burch MLA at email@example.com (or call 6205 0020) and Chief Minister Katy Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up to date with Parentline at http://www.parentlineact.org.au
KKnooks, concerned parent
Dear Joy and Katy
[ED – The Canberra Times has both sides of the story]