$1 million for local solutions in our local community

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP was today joined by the Minister for Human Services, Senator the Hon Jan McLucas at the Roundabout Youth Centre in Sefton to congratulate the six local community organisations that will receive over $1 million in funding to support young people in our local area.


This funding is a part of round two of the Federal Government’s Local Solutions Fund which aims to help local people to get work, skills and training so that they can get a job.

The funding includes:

  • $218,181 for The Helmsman Project to help at-risk adolescents build life skills through a combined adventure education and evidence-based coaching program over 12 months.
  • $272,727 for The Bankstown Social Change 101 program to develop the skills, networks and confidence of young Bankstown entrepreneurs.
  • $175,891 for the School, Work and Play for Bankstown Youth Today Program, created by Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre to run a program that encourages school attendance for 15–18 year olds, working with young people youth workers will help students and their families in schools here at the Roundabout Youth Centre with goal setting, career path options and homework.
  • $272,727 for The Linked-In Bankstown project developed by the Arab Council of Australia which aims to maximise the use of existing resources to provide more opportunities and better outcomes for job seekers. They connect community, business and government sectors to develop a collaborative service delivery model for Bankstown.
  • $54,545 for The Melkite Welfare Association’s Youth Step-Up project which supports at-risk youth aged 15–24 years who are refugees or from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • $36,363 for Child Abuse Prevention Services. With this funding they will run a YouTube Youth Challenge project that will develop a youth-led YouTube channel. Young people aged 8–16 will be supported to take full ownership of the project and will learn important work and life skills.

“The best thing we can do to support people in our local community is help them find a job, keep a job and make sure they have a safe place to live,” Mr Clare said.

“The projects that have received funding under this program will do just that. These six programs and their associated organisations are an important part of our local community,” Mr Clare said.

The full list of successful Local Solutions Fund projects is available online at humanservices.gov.au/bfls.

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