GMP | The Dareton Youth and Community Centre

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Writer Nick Wight, IMA Coordinator East

The Dareton Youth and Community Centre is a positive, culturally safe space where a crew of approximately 20 young Indigenous people hang out after school every day. The community centre is going from strength to strength with the new manager, Ilker Deli, who is supported by Jacqui Pasquale and the team from the Wentworth Joint Parish. In the last nine months, we decided to strategically separate the work in Dareton into two distinct areas, namely the Community Pastor (Kevin Tucker) and the Youth and Community Centre. This has helped better define local governance issues, as well as aiding in defining roles and responsibilities. Kevin's engagement with the Community Centre has been significant in helping Ilker and Jacqui establish suitable staffing levels. There are plans to expand the training and development programs on offer in conjunction with the Mildura Church of Christ, and other local service agencies. Ilker hosted a dinner and meeting with the Wentworth Parish, local service agencies, Legal Aid, TAFE, Indigenous leaders and the NSW police. We were able to present the role of GMP and the IMA program, letting people know of our ongoing support. The response from the kids has been overwhelming. Ilker says, "We believe the centre is having a positive impact on their attitude and well-being". The centre is open for children and youth from 3:30pm to 6:30pm Monday to Thursday. Everyone is warmly welcomed to enjoy the facilities. Future goals include opening the centre on Saturday afternoons. Individuals who have a Working with Children Check are encouraged to spare three hours a month to help out. Jacqui and Ilker would like to express their gratitude to the church and committee members who support this project.

From GMP's In Partnership magazine.

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