Supporting local young people in reducing crime

Vulnerable young people will get access to essential support and advice, with the City of Sydney extending funding for a specialist after dark service in Glebe for the next four years.

The Glebe Youth Service After Dark program will receive around $700,000 in funding as well as value-in-kind venue hire until 2021.

The City’s funding will help employ a full-time project coordinator, engage with socially disadvantaged families who need referrals or advice, and ensure local young people have a safe place to go in the evening when they are in need of assistance.

“NSW Police data indicates that crime levels in Glebe are at historic lows, and this is partly due to the operation of the Glebe Youth Service after dark program,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“These programs are so important in creating a safer and more inclusive community, which means lower crime rates and better outcomes for disadvantaged young people.

“We’ve seen widespread community support for the After Dark program, which provides a safe place for young people to socialise on weekends and helps them access the specialist services they need.”

The program attracts between around 50 to 100 people on Friday and Saturday evenings, where services include a healthy dinner, sports activities and educational workshops.

The program has been successful in engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and an increasing number of young international students.

Glebe Youth Service also engages with other local services to provide comprehensive case management for young people and families. The City has supported its after dark program since 2006.

In a recent survey, some program participants said they would be more likely to engage with drugs or alcohol if they were not part of the program.

A total of 92 per cent said the after dark program helps them feel like part of the community, while 86 per cent said they now know who to ask for help if needed.

The City’s funding over the next three years will include CPI increases on operational expenditure from 2018 to 2021.

Support comprises:

  • $110, 828 in 2017–18
  • $225, 723 in 2018–19
  • $236,355 in 2019–20
  • $121, 462 in 2020–2021
  • value in-kind for venue hire of the Peter Forsyth Auditorium from 2017–2021, worth around $17,700.

Glebe Youth Service Coordinator Keiran Kevans welcomed the City’s continued support for the program.

“Glebe Youth Service has been supporting young people to reach their goals and contribute to their community for over 30 years,” Mr Kevans said.

“This funding ensures we can build on our track record of success by engaging, upskilling, connecting and supporting local young people and their families.

“We would like to thank City of Sydney for their vision of a healthy, inclusive, connected and safe city for all residents and we look forward to working together to well into the future.”

Source: City of Sydney

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