City supports care

Councillors voted en bloc at the April meeting to consider allocating $36,000 to YouthCARE Bayswater/Morley and $4000 to the Maylands district.

The funding will go towards the YouthCARE School Chaplaincy Program provided to 10 schools within the city, including John Forrest Secondary College and Embleton Primary.

The program started within the city at Hampton Senior High School in 1972. The funding will be in addition to each school receiving $20,000 in Federal funding and $3000 in State funding that provides a chaplain service in a school for two days a week.

Additional funding from the City will support additional chaplain services to three high schools and seven primary schools.

Over 13 years, the City has contributed about $348,000 to the YouthCARE School Chaplaincy Program. It provides programs including breakfast clubs, after-school care, leadership, chess clubs, peer mediation, cyber bullying and grieving support, and Harmony Week activities.