Youth group welcomes one off government grant for $13,500

DROP IN CAFÉ: Father Paul Devitt, left, Sarkis Achmar, and Bathurst MP Paul Toole following the good news the State Government has approved a one off grant to the Cathedral Parish youth group.
DROP IN CAFÉ: Father Paul Devitt, left, Sarkis Achmar, and Bathurst MP Paul Toole following the good news the State Government has approved a one off grant to the Cathedral Parish youth group.

A ONE OFF grant of $13,500 from the NSW Government to the Cathedral Parish youth group to help establish a social enterprise, drop in cafe is being described as being heaven sent for the young people of Bathurst.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said he has had personal notification from Premier Gladys Berejiklian the money would be made available as seed funding for the project.

“The Fully Alive Café is not a stand alone entity,” Mr Toole said. “It is being established to build on the services already provided by the Cathedral Parish which include youth work, informal and formal gatherings, structured programs, a wide range of community development initiatives and an information, referral and support service.”

Mr Toole said the local youth group has been operating for the past two years from the Cathedral Parish Centre.

Sarkis Achmar from the Cathedral Parish youth group said they promoted the idea of a drop in cafe knowing that Bathurst does not offer anything for the youth of the city within the CBD.