[by Mandy Taylor]
Chris Forbes, co ordinator of Tangentyere Men's Four Corners Group, talks to the media about their work with the Women's Family Safety Group engaging young people at risk at night in Alice Springs. Image: supplied
Tangentyere Youth Outreach Worker supported
Tangentyere Council has welcomed the Northern Territory Government’s support for programs that will make a real difference in the lives of at risk young people.
Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield today announced a range of initiatives to break the cycle of youth crime and increase safety for children, families and the wider community.
Tangentyere Council CEO Walter Shaw welcomed the funding to support the expansion of successful Night Patrol services and youth drop-in centres.
“These services are already in operation and making a real difference by providing safe, fun and culturally appropriate spaces and interactions with young people.
“They will be supported by a new Aboriginal-led Youth Outreach Service that draws on the cultural authority of the Tangentyere Council Men’s Four Corners Group and Women’s Family Safety Group.
“During the summer school holidays the men and women supported a range of front line activities that focused on the safety of young people.
“This successful trial saw a team of senior, respected Aboriginal outreach workers providing advice and support to youth engagement officers and engaging with Aboriginal youth at events and on the streets.
“Our men and women bring valuable skills to this youth work, speaking the language, having the cultural connections and building the relationships
“Tangentyere is very pleased to see this program continue with support from the NT Government as part of a wider initiative to tackle community safety.
“Tangentyere has led the way in providing youth services in the past and we are very proud to get the support to run these services we are confident will fill existing gaps and make a real difference in the lives of at risk young people.”
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