Big windfall for youth centre

Mission Australia Acting State Director Peta Nordberg with Mission Australia Youthbeat Program Manager Ciara Crotty.
Mission Australia Acting State Director Peta Nordberg with Mission Australia Youthbeat Program Manager Ciara Crotty.

Youthbeat program manager Ciara Crotty said the grant would bring better outcomes for young people because the money saved from the fitout allowed the centre to put more into youth services.

Ms Crotty said since opening in February, the centre had been well received, particularly by the growing stream of youth using it.

‘Already we are seeing 15 to 20 young people a day,’ she said.

‘We are seeing lots of clients from New Zealand during the day and the majority of youths during the night are indigenous Australians.

‘They can have a shower, something to eat and participate in programs.

‘Our school program is popular with many engaging to complete Year 11 or Year 12 studies.’

Mission Australia Acting State Director Peta Nordberg would cater for more youths.

‘It allows us to adequately address the needs of young people who find themselves in need of our care,’ she said.

‘The new site is ideal as it covers the CBD, Northbridge and surrounding suburbs.

‘It’s ideal to cover Perth’s CBD, Northbridge and surrounding suburbs.’