On Wednesday 5 October, Youth Off The Streets launched our new Belmore Outreach in partnership with Barnardo’s and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. The event was held at Belmore Oval and featured guest speakers, live performances, free food and fun activities.
A welcome to country was given by Aunty Lyn Martin and speeches from Sophie Cotsis, state candidate for Canterbury and former shadow minister for multiculturalism, and Vik Craig, program manager for Barnardo’s followed.
Father Chris Riley, CEO and Founder of Youth Off The Streets stated that we need to invest more into our young people and that the Belmore staff are well equipped to work within the community.
“I have incredible teams, I employ locally so (young people) know the people who are working with them, I really value my staff members,” he said “Today we hope to create a family here with Bernardo’s and the Bulldogs.”
Jihad Dib, Shadow Minister for Education believes that giving back to the community through programs like this is fantastic for the community.
“You can sit down and wait for somebody else to do it, but Father Chris Riley is a testimony to the fact that you don’t.” He said, “My only advice is to give back whatever you can; whether you think it is not enough, it’s always better than giving nothing at all.”
Belmore Outreach has been created by Youth Off The Streets in partnership with Barnardos, who will be supplying two youth workers towards the program. The outreach is proudly supported by the Canterbury Bulldogs who have kindly provided facilities for the program amongst other in-kind support.
Youth Off The Streets have moved into the Belmore area in response to the lack of youth-orientated support programs in the Canterbury-Belmore area and aims to provide a safe place for young people to relax, have fun and find support.
Come down and meet us every Wednesday from 5:00pm at Belmore oval!