Big month for AYLA as it secures a new facility and gains official charity status


AYLA president Scott Johnson and vice-president David Metliss with volunteers Steph Jones, Joanne Vincent, Julie Hosken and Delia Anthony. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d458504
AYLA president Scott Johnson and vice-president David Metliss with volunteers Steph Jones, Joanne Vincent, Julie Hosken and Delia Anthony. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d458504

THE past month has been a particularly exciting period for not-for-profit organisation Assisting Your Life to Achieve Inc (AYLA), but founder and president Scott Johnson says there is plenty more to come.

AYLA recently secured a new premises in Cockburn Central and should make the move, pending council approval, in the coming months.

The organisation currently operates from a home in Banjup.

“From here, we can launch services we have been unable to offer from our home, such as an op shop, a low-cost food bank and wellness programs,” Mr Johnson said.

“It will also offer a space where the community can come to volunteer and offer their services to those in need.”

Earlier this month, AYLA, which is supported by about 50 volunteers, was also officially registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Mr Johnson said it was the culmination of seven years of hard work.

“We have put in a lot of hard work and have overcome many obstacles to get to this point,” he said.

Since it was founded in 2010, AYLA has donated to emergency relief efforts, provided more than 200 food hampers each week to local families in need, put together back-to-school packs, provided a bread bank to a local school, and supported an elderly veteran to obtain a mobility scooter.

They have also helped gather food to run cooking classes at a local school, worked with a Melville care provider and secured partnerships with local supermarkets.More information can be found by visiting the AYLA’s Facebook page.