Funding continued for service to connect local Indigenous people

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic has welcomed news the Gillard Government will continue funding for a successful program connecting Indigenous Australians with community support services to help them overcome disadvantage and social isolation.

$42 million in funding will be provided over the next three years to the Indigenous Community Links initiative, formerly known as the Community Support Services.

Marist Youth Care Limited (MYC) has received funding over 36 months to deliver the Indigenous Community Links initiative to improve Indigenous access to mainstream and Indigenous services in Blacktown and Mt Druitt.

“Marist Youth Care has been very active in our local community for many years now and have developed the support networks necessary to deliver this program,” Mr Husic said.

“I’ve been impressed with the work Marist Youth Care has done, and they’ve been very active in helping communities in the Chifley electorate.

“Connecting people to services which offer support and assistance is a complex task and Marist Youth Care is well equipped to do this.”

CEO of Marist Youth Care Cate Sydes said this program is transforming lives and communities.

“The Indigenous people we’ve been working with tell me this program has changed their lives and opened doors for them,” Ms Sydes said.

MYC delivers a wide range of Indigenous specific services in Sydney's West including youth, women's, men's and family programs as well as social justice groups.

“Since the Community Support Services began in July 2009, it has assisted more than 71,500 Indigenous Australians nationally, providing access to services to improve employment, health and social outcomes.” Mr Husic said.

“The initiative also provides free access to the internet – an important tool in job placement and training.”

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