Centre gets $50,000 to help youth

RIVERWOOD Community Centre has received a huge boost to help the local community.

Federal MP for Banks, David Coleman, announced that the centre will receive $50,000 in federal funding to run a fitness and well-being program focused on helping young people.
The program is being facilitated by professional basketball coaches, a personal trainer, music coaches and creative arts facilitators.
The fitness aspect of the program delivers workshops on nutrition, healthy living and making good choices, while also including a number of activities one night per fortnight for 12-17 year olds, providing a safe place for young people.
Mr Coleman says the funding will allow staff and volunteers at Riverwood Community Centre to continue their important work for the local community.
CEO of Riverwood Community Centre, Michelle Newman, welcomed the funding, saying there had been an increase in the number of young people accessing the centre to attend the program.
“This program provides a range of opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the area who would not otherwise have access to these programs and activities,” Ms Newman said.
Riverwood Community Centre has been in operation since 1974, offering support for aged care, youth and family programs and childcare at their facility on Belmore Road, Riverwood.