Lot 208 Youth Incorporated receives $15,000 grant to go towards new furniture

Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns with members of Lot 208 Youth Incorporated. Photo is supplied.
Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns with members of Lot 208 Youth Incorporated. Photo is supplied.

YOUNG people at Lot 208 Youth Incorporated will enjoy new furniture at their hub in Australind, thanks to a generous grant from the state government.

To replace the current 'second or third hand' furniture, the $15,000 grant will be used to purchase new couches, a sound system and outdoor seating and equipment in time for summer.

Lot 208 Youth Incorporated chairperson Michelle Campbell said the group was very excited and grateful for the funding due to having always faced restrictions that come with having a 'tight' budget.

"We've been so lucky over the years to receive funding from the Shire of Harvey and various other grants, but by the time you make the big purchases for the youth, there's not always a lot of funding left for furniture," Ms Campbell said.

"The kids have been sitting on dodgy, second hand or third hand couches with the springs popping out for a while now so this funding was needed."

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Lot 208 Youth Incorporated has operated in the Shire of Harvey for 22 years.

Young people aged 12 to 18 can visit the hub from 5pm to 9pm on Friday nights to enjoy dinner, company and a 'safe space' to call their own.

Ms Campbell said the group had anywhere from 45 to 60 members visit the Australind hub every Friday night.

"It's a secure, safe youth space for kids to hang out, have a meal, play music or games and just basically be together.

"Our kids are just over the moon with the money that will revamp their space."

It's also important for the youth to actually see someone take an interest in the centre and in their space.

Lot 208 Youth Incorporated chairperson Michelle Campbell

The grant was presented by Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns who Ms Campbell said attended the hub previously and saw how 'poor' the furniture quality was.

Ms Hanns said she was pleased to deliver the funding to the deserving group of youth workers and participants.

"As a former high school teacher and deputy principal, I understand the importance of looking out for the needs of young people in our community," Ms Hanns said.

Ms Campbell said the participants at the youth centre had already completed a survey and a list had been compiled of what furniture the $15,000 grant would go towards.

"The funding came right out of the blue so a big thank you to Jodie. The staff, board members and more important, the youth members, are really grateful for it.

"It's also important for the youth to actually see someone take an interest in the centre and in their space."