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Boost to youth services in Canning.

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Young people in Canning who are interested in reading and writing will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills thanks to Australian Government funding said Canning MHR Don Randall.

Armadale, Gosnells & Districts Youth Resources Inc has received $6,323 in supplementary funding from the Department of Family and Community Services to develop a Book Club and Young Writers Group to be held at the youth service once a week.

“The Youth Activities Services/Family Liaison Worker (YAS/FLW) programme is an early intervention programme which supports young people aged 11-16 and their families to build self-reliance, strengthen family relationships and encourage their community involvement,” said Mr Randall.

Armadale Youth Resources Manager, Christine Barrett was thrilled to hear of the supplementary funding.

"Increasing popularity of the Internet has resulted in less young people reading for pleasure or visiting their local library. Our hope is that the Book Club/Writers Group will encourage more young people to read and become more confident in the area of public speaking. Writing is also a great way for young people to express themselves and reading is a subtle form of relaxation," said Ms Barrett.

“These project funds will supplement the service’s ongoing funding for this year and engage young people in the wonderful activity of reading books, creating short stories and activating their imagination,” said Mr Randall.

YAS/FLW services provide structured activities and positive peer support outside school hours as well as family support and referral.

“The Australian Government is committed more than ever to working with young Australians to deliver a range of support services which will contribute to the well being of young people and families,” said Mr Randall.