Ljiljanna Ravlich

Ljiljanna Ravlich

Minister for Local Government; Racing and Gaming; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Government Enterprises; Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; Goldfields-Esperance; Youth

    Youth Focus to expand services

    11/06/2008 12:00 AM

    Vital support services for young Western Australians have been given a major boost with the announcement of a Lotterywest grant to Youth Focus Incorporated.


    Youth and Government Enterprises Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today presented Youth Focus chairperson Gus Irdi with a Lotterywest cheque for $835,695 to help fund a major capital works project for the organisation.


    Youth Focus is a community based provider of peer and professional support to young people at risk of suicide, depression or self-harm. 


    The Lotterywest grant will be used towards major building works and fit out of the building as well as replacing outdated equipment, furniture and information technology systems.


    The Minister said in offering support to young people, Youth Focus was providing a vital and important community service.


    “The staff and volunteers at Youth Focus work hard to improving the emotional well being of young people throughout the State,” she said.


    “This grant recognises the need for increased provision of services in this area.


    “In the past five years, Youth Focus has experienced a rapid growth in the demand for its services, with more than 600 young people and 150 families currently accessing its programs.” 


    The total cost for the project is estimated at $2.5million. An organisational building redevelopment project will be seeking further corporate sponsorship and donations.


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