Yesterday afternoon marked the official launch of the new Youth Off the Streets Blacktown Outreach Drop in Centre. Father Chris Riley spoke at the launch, with Mayor Stephen Bali, MP Blacktown City Council officially opening the event.
Cr Stephen Bali addressed the crowd and expressed his excitement in working closely with the new centre and with young people from the community.
“Youth Off The Streets are obviously more than welcome in the city of Blacktown,” said Mayor Bali. “This collaboration with young people will not only give them opportunities to hang out together but also to be able to talk about life’s issues and challenges in a friendly and safe environment right in the middle of the CBD.”
The new centre will offer a range of recreational activities such as pool, table tennis, art, music and video games and will be operating two Drop-ins per week on Mondays and Wednesdays. In addition to these it will provide support with job seeking, Work Development Orders, brokerage, court support, referrals and advocacy.
Joshua Te Tai, Western Sydney Outreach Manager, says Blacktown Drop-In is right in the CBD and is in close proximity to the train station. The area is a hub and a hotspot for a large number of young people that will benefit from the service.
“Our new Drop-In centre is located in a great spot in the Blacktown CBD,” said Joshua. “The area is humming with activity and is a hot spot for young people who live in and around Blacktown. With this new centre opening, young people can easily access our team of youth workers who will build positive relationships with them, provide support when needed and also refer locally to specialist services.”
The event was concluded with a variety of food and a chance for young people to hang out, and of course, meet Father’s great danes.