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9 January 1984 3/84

COMMONWEALTH INCREASES FUNDING TO VOLUNTEER YOUTH PROJECT IN

SYDNEY

The Volunteer Centre of NSW is to receive a $40,000 Federal

Government grant to continue to operate a Volunteer Youth Program

(VYP) p ro je c t to a s s is t unemployed young people in Sydney.

This grant represents a 17 per cenc increase over funds provided

during 1982/83 and w i l l allow the p ro je c t to continue operating

u n til 1 November 1984.

The Volunteer Centre's VYP p ro je c t has operated as a successful

r e f e r r a l agency, placing unemployed young people in worthwhile

vo lu n ta ry work with a large number of community based org an isa tion s.

The Federal M in is te r fo r Employment and In d u s t r i a l R elations,

Mr Ralph W i l l i s , in announcing new grants said, "Experience

has shown that the involvement of young people- in voluntary

community work makes a p o s it iv e c o n t r i b u t i o n to ra is in g t h e i r

level of self-esteem and improves t h e i r prospects of gaining

employment."

The M in is te r praised the volunteer Centre fo r responding to

the needs of unemployed young people and noted that over 400

vo lu n ta ry organisations in Sydney already provide placement

o p p o r tu n itie s fo r voluntary helpers under the Volunteer Youth

Program.

Young people who p a r t i c i p a t e in the p ro je c t w i l l r e ta in t h e i r

Unemployment B enefit and w i l l be reimbursed up to $6.00 per

week fo r tra n sp ort costs associated with p r o je c t a c t i v i t i e s .

Parliament House, Canberra A.C.T. 2600 1-2-466 March 83

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