Youth Off The Streets Hunter Valley Outreach will today host a morning tea for members of the community to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2014 and its partnership with the Greater Charitable Foundation.
CEO and Founder, Father Chris Riley, will be the guest speaker at the event which kicks off at 10:00am at Youth Off The Streets’ East Cessnock Cottage.
The morning will feature a variety of events, including workshops which focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture in honour of NAIDOC Week (6-13 July) - the nationwide celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities.
Father Chris Riley is looking forward to working with the Hunter Valley young people and plans to continue his commitment made during National Reconciliation Week.
“As an organisation, we made the commitment to find four Aboriginal people to join us as trainee workers at Youth Off The Streets at our National Reconciliation event at the end of May. I reiterate that commitment and call for the Hunter Valley community to join us on delivering results for the Aboriginal community,” he said.
“I’m also pleased to have the opportunity to publicly thank the Greater Charitable Foundation for their generous funding and support of our Hunter Valley Futures program.”
The Greater Charitable Foundation is funding the comprehensive program for two years (2014-15) with support of over $280,000 and an extensive staff volunteering program.
“Youth Off The Streets is a dynamic organisation focused on providing opportunities for young people to improve their lives and overcome the challenges and barriers they face. The Foundation is pleased and proud to be partnering with Youth Off The Streets to deliver these key services in the Lower Hunter,” said Foundation Chairman, Ian Nelmes.
For more information about the Hunter Valley Futures program and how you can support the work of Youth Off The Streets in the local community, visit the website www.youthoffthestreets.com.au or phone Youth Off The Streets on 02 9330 3500.
Youth Off The Streets’ commitment to Aboriginal Services
During National Reconciliation Week, Father Chris Riley pledged – in front of Youth Off The Streets’ Aboriginal Services Team – to employ four additional young Aboriginal trainee youth workers and to strive to achieve Aboriginal recognition in the Australian constitution.