Thursday April 7, 2016
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies visited Bridging the Gap Sydney West Inc to announce an extension of contracts for service providers working with vulnerable children, young people, families and communities.
“I am thrilled to announce that four services in the Mulgoa electorate will receive a funding extension totalling $706,498 to continue to support early intervention so that children and families at risk have access to assistance,” said Tanya Davies.
Bridging the Gap, an independent not-for-profit community organisation that has been working in St Marys with children, young people and their families since 1984, will receive a funding extension of $197,197 to continue their Youth Resilience programs.
Each year Bridging the Gap helps over 300 young people and their families build resilience through their Adolescent and Family Counselling service and their Youth Resilience Building programs held in local high schools and at the Phillip Street, St Marys location.
After attending 4 sessions of the Rage Program, one young boy reflected on its effectiveness. “I’ve always been an angry person but I don’t have to be that anymore. I can change, I am changing and people have noticed.”
Bridging the Gap works in partnership with local high schools to offer resilience building and leadership programs. At their St Marys offices they create a safe place for young people and their families to tap into free financial counselling and offer the No Interest Loan Scheme, as well as the Brighter Futures and Youth Hope family support programs.
“We often see children, whose parents received support when they were teenagers, coming back to us because their family knows and trusts our people,” said Carole Tozer, CEO. “We support the NSW Government’s initiative bringing services into the local community, accurately targeting local people’s needs through the long term funding of Early Intervention Programs such as these.”
The NSW Government invests $233 million each year to more than 600 organisations that deliver early intervention, intensive and community based services to more than 130,000 children, young people and families. These services work with their clients to help them before they reach crisis points in their lives.
If you know someone or are struggling at school, feel stressed out or just need someone to talk to, you can call Bridging the Gap on (02) 9673 1211.