Our Silverwater Child & Family Centre’s surprise history

We always knew our Silverwater Child & Family Centre was a bit special for the kids who play there when visiting loved ones.

Now we also know it’s been filled with the sound of children’s laughter dating back many, many decades!

We had the most interesting history lesson when Minister Anthony Roberts and his guest Geoffrey E. McIntyre visited recently.

By absolute coincidence, the minister had discovered that Geoffrey spent much of his childhood at (what is now) our centre grounds as his family lived there in the 1940s, back when the Correctional Centre was a hospital.

It was a wonderful opportunity to talk about our work and how we support children and Geoffrey was moved to see the place of happy childhood memories was now being used to help children today.

SHINE for Kids was delighted to be introduced to Mr Geoffrey McIntrye and Minister Anthony Roberts at this lovely visit.

“It was wonderful to hear about the history of the site from Geoffrey, who spent much of his childhood playing on the grounds.

It was clear he was thrilled to learn that his beloved family home was now used by a charity dedicated to children and improving their lives,” our CEO, Julie Hourigan Ruse said.

Thank you for hosting the event MRRC, NSW Department of Communities and Justice. 

Please donate to support our drop-in centres today.

Our Silverwater Child & Family Centre’s surprise history

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