G Centre bringing ‘help and hope’

Andrew Schaper and Mike Matich getting ready to deliver G Centre services. “We don’t think outside the box because there is no box,” Mr Schaper said.  Picture: Bruce Hunt        www.communitypix.com.au   d435363
Andrew Schaper and Mike Matich getting ready to deliver G Centre services. “We don’t think outside the box because there is no box,” Mr Schaper said. Picture: Bruce Hunt        www.communitypix.com.au d435363

G Centre is a church-based organisation running projects �to provide help and hope� from the former MDF Victoria Street building.

Under its G banner, the centre will house the six �core communities� of art, business, social justice, church, generation and leadership.

Founding director Andrew Schaper said the organisation recently moved out of Morley because of the growing need in Midland.

�Our group did some research and we realised Midland was an area of high need and there was a much larger homeless problem here,� Mr Schaper said.

�We previously worked closely with Bayswater council supporting at-risk youth, working in high schools, and our work was featured on A Current Affair,� Mr Schaper said.

�G Centre is about always working with a generational mindset; young people are not the future, they are the now.�

G Centre officially opened last week with three days of events including a Youth Festival, an Arthouse showcase, and a Family Festival.

Mr Schaper said the group�s outreach service G Justice had no religious affiliation and existed to alleviate poverty, sickness, destitution, suffering or misfortune.

He described the organisation as �very left of centre� with Christian-based values, and funded through donation.

�G Justice is not here to reinvent the wheel, so where possible we will familiarise ourselves with existing services in the community,� Mr Schaper said.

Volunteers will take the G Justice self-contained trailer to the homeless, supplying hot drinks, food and swag backpacks where needed.

�We will go to where the homeless are because in our experience, homeless people tend to be very transient.�