$180,000 grant to help Youth Futures help victims of domestic, sexual abuse

Youth Futures CEO Mark Waite with Business Development Manager Felicity Lockyer and Program Co-ordinator Mark Bird.       www.communitypix.com.au   d454875
Youth Futures CEO Mark Waite with Business Development Manager Felicity Lockyer and Program Co-ordinator Mark Bird.       www.communitypix.com.au d454875

VICTIMS of family violence and sexual abuse are among those who will benefit from a $180,000 boost in funds at Joondalup’s Youth Futures centre.

The charity organisation will use the money to employ a psychologist to work with young victims of crime.

It is expected 70 to 100 youths will use the service, which is aimed at those who have already built a rapport with Youth Futures’ homelessness, education and support programs.

Chief executive Mark Waite said it was important to focus on clients who had familiarised themselves with Youth Futures first because it meant they trusted the service.

He said it would make psychological treatment available to those who might not otherwise know where to go.

“Many young people currently accessing our services do not engage with existing mental health services due to logistical and financial barriers, a lack of knowledge about what is available, and not having the support of or an appropriate referral from a mental health professional,” he said.

Among the aims of the on-site service is to ensure clients are correctly diagnosed, are not being over medicated and can be referred to appropriate services.

The $181,250 grant stemmed from the State Government’s Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program, which uses money seized from criminals under proceeds of crime laws to fund worthy projects.