A prominent Central Coast charity steering at-risk young people away from crime has been awarded $165,000 in NSW Government funding, Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch and Attorney General Mark Speakman announced today.
Mr Crouch said the ‘You CARE’ project run by Regional Youth Support Services (RYSS) will engage with teens at youth crime hotspots in the region and encourage them to attend school and utilise local support services.
“RYSS at Gosford has been providing community-based services for 32 years and this funding boost will further strengthen its capabilities,” Mr Crouch said.
“The RYSS bus, a mobile youth centre, will be based with trained staff at crime hotspots to engage and provide early intervention for troubled teenagers via access to free games, food, movies and computer use.”
RYSS will deliver the project in partnership with local businesses, schools, clubs, police and community organisations after consulting with a range of stakeholders to identify five suitable locations on the Central Coast.
Mr Speakman said it’s important to provide young people with information on the impact of drugs and alcohol, anger management, bullying and domestic violence.
“Helping troubled young people on the Central Coast will have major benefits for the community if it results in them turning their backs on criminal and anti-social behaviour,” he said.
The grant was awarded to RYSS under the third round of the NSW Government’s Community Safety Fund, which is delivering $10 million in community grants across the state over four years.
“Community safety grants are about empowering locals to work together to build a safer community,” Mr Speakman said.