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 to deliver a weekly soccer and mentoring program aimed at engaging young people living in the Banksia Grove area and surrounding 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 were granted $24,980 to implement an early intervention program targeting at-risk young people who live in Ballajura and surrounding areas.
The West Australian 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.
“These sorts of community based programs positively engage young people with activities and opportunities to develop their life skills.”