SEA executive officer Don Tunnicliffe said young people were able to access hostel-style accommodation and intensive support to develop life skills and address personal issues.
“Projects like gardening and art activities will transform the back yard of the youth house into a brighter, more functional and youth-friendly space with areas for quiet contemplation and group activities,” he said.
The service recently received a $4019 grant from the Department of Local Government and Communities to support the ‘Bennett Backyard Blitz’.
The project has been embraced by people at SEA, with work on the vegetable garden already commenced and brightly coloured tyres used to create a garden wall.
“Other ideas include bright art works made from recycled bits and pieces, totem poles and a Japanese style ‘zen’ garden,” Mr Tunnicliffe said.
He said there will also be a focus on sustainable living, up-cycling, DIY and health and wellbeing.
Led by the service’s passionate gardening youth worker Julia Trifunovic, the project will involve young people staying at the house participating in the design, teamwork and fun. Youth Minister Tony Simpson said eight organisations throughout WA would share in $32,513 for activities promoting the engagement of young people.
The grants program gives local governments and community service organisations the opportunity to apply for one-off funding of up to $5000 for local youth projects.
The SEA Youth Service wants donations to help purchase additional materials such as soil and plants.
Members of the public can donate to this project or to Swan Emergency Accommodation in general at www.givenow.com.au/swanea homelessnesssupportwa.