Urban Art, Hoops and Well-being Program for Youth

20 January 2023
City of Canning Youth Services are launching a new initiative – the Urban Art, Hoops and Well-being Program, generously funded via a Department of Justice grant. This tailored program is aimed towards disadvantaged young people who are experiencing hardship and complex barriers.

The program incorporates a series of diverse activities and workshops aimed at fostering positive decision making, skills development, and connection to local community, whilst also raising awareness of mental health and locally available support services. It will run across targeted locations within the City of Canning and include activities such as Muay Thai, Urban Arts, Basketball etc.

City of Canning’s Mayor Patrick Hall said there is a growing awareness of the importance of mental health in the next generation. Young people require supportive programs that build towards mental and physical wellbeing.

“The program is a series of diverse activities and workshops to foster positive decision making, skills development, and connection to their community. Young people who need support will benefit from having the opportunity to connect with local service providers, such as Headspace Cannington, A Stitch in Time, Youth Futures, local businesses and WA Police.”

“Working with the Department of Justice with this new funding, City of Canning Youth services will be able to increase the breadth of crucial services they offer in a welcoming and thriving environment, assisting young people to connect and grow.” said Mayor Hall.

Attorney General John Quigley said the State Government’s grants program had a great track record of using fundings from seized property to support worthy community projects.“The City of Canning has identified a real need within the community and is offering engaging activities to benefit local young people and we are very pleased to support their efforts.”

The first phase, Muay Thai will kickstart on 3 February until 7 April at the Willetton Youth Centre. To reduce obstacles to participation, the City will be providing transport measures and other tools to assist young people to be involved in the program. The second to fourth phase will run through till December 2023.

To register your interest, contact Jason.Bobic@canning.wa.gov.au

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