Funds help lo­cal groups

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

EIGHT community groups from the north­ern suburbs have re­ceived a share of $214,964 to fund crime preven­tion ini­tia­tives.

Ed­mund Rice Cen­tre, Metropoli­tan Mi­grant Re­source Cen­tre and Ishar Mul­ti­cul­tural Women’s Health Care in Mirra­booka, Wad­jak North­side Abo­rig­i­nal Community Group and White­lion Youth Agency in Balga were granted funding.

Ed­mund Rice Cen­tre will use $25,000 for a weekly soccer and men­tor­ing pro­gram aimed at en­gag­ing young peo­ple liv­ing in the Banksia Grove area and nearby suburbs.

Wad­jak North­side Abo­rig­i­nal Community Group re­ceived $24,860 to fund two fe­male and two male Abo­rig­i­nal mem­bers to be­come ac­cred­ited driv­ing in­struc­tors, to help 20 clients get a driv­ing li­cence.

White­lion Youth Agency was granted $24,980 to im­ple­ment an early in­ter­ven­tion pro­gram tar­get­ing at-risk young peo­ple who live in Bal­la­jura and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

The WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion will im­ple­ment a pro­gram with $22,500 in Nol­la­mara, Mirra­booka and Balga, which fo­cuses on en­gag­ing young peo­ple from cul­tur­ally and lin­guis­ti­cally di­verse back­grounds and tran­si­tion­ing them to lo­cal foot­ball clubs.

North­ern Suburbs Community Le­gal Cen­tre re­ceived $21,748 to de­liver an early in­ter­ven­tion pro­gram for girls aged 10-17 years who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing or have ex­pe­ri­enced fam­ily vi­o­lence. Wan­gara’s Alta-1 Col­lege will use $25,000 to de­liver a re-en­gage­ment school pro­gram and tar­get young peo­ple who refuse to at­tend school and are of­fend­ing.

Police Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said sup­port pro­grams tar­geted di­vert­ing young peo­ple away from crime early.

“A part­ner­ship between the State Govern­ment, police and the community is cru­cial if we are to make in­roads in pre­vent­ing crime,” she said.

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