Assisting Your Life to Achieve celebrates move to Cockburn Central


Scott Johnson with volunteers Steph Jones, Renay O'Dowd and David Metliss.  Picture: Matt Jelonek       d466020
Scott Johnson with volunteers Steph Jones, Renay O'Dowd and David Metliss. Picture: Matt Jelonek       d466020

THE team behind local not-for-profit Assisting Your Life to Achieve (AYLA) says a move to Cockburn Central has done wonders for the group.

Founded in 2010, the team spent six years working from a home in Banjup to deliver food and other necessities to the community’s vulnerable.

President Scott Johnson said the move to Cockburn Central in January had been a major boost for the group, allowing it to run a wellness centre, food bank and op shop.

“The community has recognised us more as a not-for-profit charity,” he said.

“It’s a centre people and families can source help, whether it is food hampers or an ear with respect to their privacy and dignity.

“Since the new premises, the positive feedback on our pages and community chat pages that have recommended visiting and supporting us has been overwhelming.”

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The AYLA team has never been afraid to dream big.

Despite an official launch of its new base this weekend, plans to expand into the site next door in May are already in place.

Mr Johnson said the space would feature Cockburn’s first not-for-profit hair salon, an on-site coffee and smoothie bar, a larger op shop, a low-cost food bank, and an art and craft workshop.

“We will be utilising the carpark and grounds for arts and crafts street and night markets, open-air and mini drive-in nights and small entertainment events performed by local groups and individuals,” he said.

“We see the potential for our new premises as limitless and so exciting.”