The WSCLC Children’s Court Assistance Scheme (CCAS) has been working with Mt Druitt TAFE and the NRL on a program to support local Koori kids.
The program began when WSCLC was approached by Mt Druitt TAFE. A group of students at the TAFE, who are NRL players studying Certificate IV in Youth Work, were keen to put their skills into practice, meet the requirements of their course, and do some good in the community. They were looking to connect with Koori kids in need in the local area.
Jess Brown from WSCLC CCAS was happy to work with the NRL players, and organised a series of sessions at Emerton Leisure Centre in Mt Druitt, which is run by Blacktown City Council. At each session around 20 Koori young people participated, along with Aboriginal Elders and other Aboriginal services in the area. There were workshops, fun and games and it was a great time for everyone.
50 free tickets were also donated to the program by Parramatta Eels club for the young people to attend an NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and St George Illawarra. The young people also received signed footballs and other materials to take home.
Blacktown City local government area has the largest urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in NSW with 8,195 people making up 2.7% of the population, so this is a great area for this sort of program. There is much interest among the partners in continuing to collaborate on similar programs into the future.
WSCLC wishes to pay respect to the people of the Darug Nation, who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we work. We also wish to acknowledge the Aboriginal Elders and all the Aboriginal people with whom we work – it is a great privilege to be able to work with you.