Thursday, July 1st, 2010
Mission Australia has welcomed a $100,000 grant from the State Government for its On-TRACK and Making Tracks youth services, which operate in Northbridge.

Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney announced the funding yesterday, matching the grant of $100,000 that the State Government provided last year.

Mission Australia’s WA State Director Ross Kyrwood said the new funding would be used to support the Making Tracks program, which is a follow-up referral service to On-TRACK.

“The On-TRACK program provides care for young people in breach of the Northbridge curfew while arrangements are made for them to be safely returned to their homes,” Mr Kyrwood said.

“Making Tracks is a longer-term program where young people who are identified by the On-TRACK team as being ‘at risk’ are then referred to case managers who work with their families to help resolve issues.

“This fantastic show of support from Minister McSweeney, in conjunction with ongoing funding from the Federal Government, will help us to continue to reduce waiting times for the Making Tracks program.

“The more case managers we have available, the shorter the waiting lists and the more direct help we can provide to young people and their families who need these services.

“These funds will be put to very worthwhile and immediate use,” Mr Kyrwood said.

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Mission Australia

Mission Australia is an empowering and compassionate community service organisation. We have been helping to transform the lives of Australians in need for almost 150 years.

Arising historically from various City Missions, including Sydney City Mission, our founding purpose is to meet human need and to give expression to the love of God.

We believe in helping Australians in need get back on their feet. We are committed to eliminating disadvantage and creating a fairer Australia.

With more than 450 services across metropolitan, rural and regional Australia - in every state and territory - we assist more than 300,000 people each year.

Through our programs and services we:

* Combat homelessness
* Assist families and children to overcome hardship
* Support disadvantaged young people
* Deliver entry-level training
* Help unemployed people find permanent work

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P: 0433 679 780


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