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Program hopes to support young people in creating a safer Wyndham

A new youth engagement initiative that aims to empower young people to create safer communities will soon be coming to town thanks to a Wyndham City grant.

Crime Stoppers Victoria has been successful in receiving a $36,000 grant from Wyndham City, as part of our 2017-18 Community Grants Program. The grant will fund the Say Something program in Wyndham—a youth engagement initiative that aims to empower young people in actively creating safer communities.

Wyndham City Safer Communities Portfolio Holder, Cr Kim McAliney, said the program would support young people in Wyndham to identify local safety issues, and design and deliver digital media content to improve perceptions of safety in Wyndham.

“Community safety is more than just the presence or absence of crime,” Cr McAliney said.

“At Wyndham City, through the Safer Communities portfolio, we have partnered with a number of organisations and agencies to improve perceptions of safety here in Wyndham—and this grant is our latest partnership,” Cr McAliney added.

Crime Stoppers Victoria CEO Erika Owens welcomed the funding announcement.

“Crime Stoppers Victoria is excited to work collaboratively with the City of Wyndham to deliver the Say Something youth engagement initiative, that aims to engage and empower youth in actively contributing to creating safer communities,” Ms Owens said.

The Say Something Project consists of a number of planned activities designed to maximise collaboration and generate a positive impact in the community by establishing deeper connections between young people, high schools, local police, businesses, media and the broader community.”

Through the 2017-18 Annual Community Grants Program, Wyndham City has invested almost half a million dollars into community groups, projects and events to help strengthen our community, draw upon and build on the skills of community members and groups, and to support the community more broadly.

The 2018-19 Annual Community Grants round is now open until 31 August for projects commencing in 2019.


To apply for a grant in the Community Grants Program visit https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/services/volunteering-grants/about-grants/community-grants-program

 

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