Dareton is a town used to doing it tough, but the necessity of closing the Dareton Youth and Community Centre has placed an extra burden on many of the local Indigenous families in the Sunraysia District. Combined with school closures, the shutting of the centre has made it particularly tough for many of the youth who access the centre regularly and participate in the cooking and art classes – not to mention the positive socialising and connections they’re missing. However, the local IMA partners, Ilker Deli and Brendon Garlett, supported by Andrew Tonkin from the Mildura Church of Christ, are coming up with a creative and safe way to keep connecting with and supporting the locals through ‘Essentials Packs’. The Essentials Packs will be distributed safely from the Youth and Community Centre and because of the genuine relationships and connections already established over the last three years of the centre’s operations, the Dareton team are able to ensure the packs get to those most in need. Most Indigenous communities are already at high risk and the additional financial hardships that many are now facing, due to changes in their work, can make it harder to access some of the day-to-day shopping essentials. This is where the Essentials Packs can make a difference. Our partners in WA, SA and VIC are getting on board with this program and we’d love your support, too.
To give an Essentials Pack visit www.Extend.org.au/EssentialsPack