Respite for teens with a disability

A LOCAL not-for-profit organisation will receive a grant of $7400 to provide respite to young people with a disability and their parents.

Interchange Loddon-Mallee Region was awarded the money by the Westpac Foundation for their programs for children with a disability.

Interchange program manager Jill McQualter said the money would help pay for eight teenagers to receive one-on-one care at River Village, Echuca.

She said this would give a much-needed break to the young people but would also be an opportunity for parents to rest.

"(The parents) love it, we get fantastic feedback, they're just so appreciative. They don't get a break - ever," Ms McQualter said.

She said the teenagers attending had physical and intellectual illnesses such as cerebral palsy or severe autism.

Ms McQualter said the organisation had about 60 volunteers but was in need of more.

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