Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae has approved grants to community-based organisations under the Western Australian Inclusion and Integration Grants Program.
The Edmund Rice Centre, Mirrabooka, will receive $6,800 for a Sports Leadership Camp with the three-day camp to be held at the Keith Maine Centre in Beechboro.
Up to 20 older youths aged 15-19 years will be taught coaching skills that will be used to assist younger children, with participants selected from the suburbs of Balga, Mirrabooka, Westminster, Koondoola, Girrawheen and Nollamara.
“Accreditation as SportsFun coaches will provide an important sense of achievement as a practical result of the project and the inclusion of 20 hours of practical work is a particularly commendable initiative,” Mr McRae said
“I am sure the camp will provide a valuable opportunity to develop skills that will be of lasting benefit to the young people, their community and also the broader community.”
The Grants Program is one of the key initiatives flowing from the Inclusion and Integration Action Plan approved by Cabinet in 2005 and was developed in recognition of the need for broad-scale change to address exclusion and social alienation for some members of religious and ethnic minorities, particularly those from new and emerging communities.
The grants will support community organisations with new plans, or building on existing ones, which promote integration, inclusion and active participation of minority groups in all walks of life.
“I am confident the projects will produce terrific results, as they involve partnerships and collaboration between community organisations and the non-Government sector, facilitate interaction between minority groups and the broader community and promote active citizenship among minority communities,” the Minister said.
“In approving these grants, a strong emphasis has been placed on innovative projects for young people and those that are designed to remove structural and other barriers to participation, particularly of new and emerging communities.”
The next round of grants will be announced in early 2007 and the Office of Multicultural Interests will continue to work with community groups to develop their project ideas and assist them in the application process.
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