Youth Off The Streets Hunter Valley Outreach centre has better protection from damage thanks to support from the local community.
The youth service has implemented graffiti screens to protect the centre, thanks to support from community organisations.
The project came about after the centre’s fence was regularly being damaged due to various outdoor ball activities.
This innovative solution came about through discussions with the operations team at Youth Off The Streets.
The team then initiated discussions with Castle Personnel and a representative from the Cessnock Men’s Shed for labour to discuss time frames and costs.
Hunter Valley Outreach paid for most of the materials needed for the screens through of their corporate supporters.
Castle Personnel also donated funds towards the project and the Cessnock Men’s Shed supported with their time and labour.
They also assisted in repairing the centre’s skate ramp that was damaged by a scooter.
A graffiti artist from Up & Up attended the centre and facilitated a number of workshops with the young people to decorate the walls.
Hunter Valley Outreach program manager Jennifer Jackson said along with being cost-effective and purposeful, the graffiti walls project also had a positive impact on the youths.
“Our young people were engaged and enthusiastic about contributing to this activity,” she said.
“They worked hard, loved every minute, and did a fantastic job.”
Ms Jackson said Hunter Valley Outreach wanted to thank everyone that was involved in the project.
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