A Mildura program supporting vulnerable young people will continue into 2023, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government. The HomeBase program supports young people in developing positive pathways and strong ties to the community.

The initiative received an extra $100,000 through the Youth Crime Prevention Grant Program.

The extra funding will see 48 at-risk young people aged 10-17 from Mildura take part in a variety of activities. These are designed to help them feel safe, heard, valued and respected. Run by Sunraysia Community Health Services, the aim of the program is to help young people develop into strong community members.

By promoting activities young people identified as interesting, HomeBase helps young people:

  • develop creative art skills
  • build confidence
  • develop healthy relationships
  • form life skills in a safe and supportive environment.

The activities include art therapy, community hoops basketball and t-shirt screen printing.

Not only will these skills help foster improved engagement at school and work, but also prevent young people offending..

Read more about Youth Crime Prevention Grants.