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Joyce Fisher Trust enables the expansion of Dr Alison Leversha’s work in East Tamaki / Glenn Innes

In 2015, Cure Kids funded a research project headed by Dr Alison Leversha, a Community Paediatrician with the ADHB, which involved working with children, whanau and their communities to improve health, development and school readiness among vulnerable children and families in the Glen Innes/East Tamaki community.

Dr Leversha subsequently approached Cure Kids with a compelling case to extend the scope of this project. Cure Kids funding had supported the screening of a group of 40 children and the results identified a significant need to extend the work to all new school entrants in these suburbs.

Dr Leversha had found that 80% of the children screened were functioning significantly below their expected level on at least one developmental domain: speech and communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving or personal social. She also identified that 40% of the children had significantly delayed language skills, with formal speech and language assessment of 5-6 year olds operating at the 3-year-old level.

An approach was made to the Joyce Fisher Trust to combine their support with Cure Kids to achieve a collective impact with greater outcomes than either organisation could achieve on their own. The Trust subsequently approved the grant to support Dr Leversha’s work in this area. We are extremely grateful to the Trust for their generosity and support, which quite literally could change the lives of a large number of young children.