We are looking forward to sharing our Summer newsletter which will be issued this Friday, however have an important update that we wanted to share immediately.
Towards the tail end of 2021 we were advised that our contract with the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety to provide Chaplaincy services at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre would not be renewed as at end 2021. Given previous discussions with the department and the pause of the program for some time due to the pandemic, this did not come as a shock.
Our priority continues to provide services and programs that best support at-risk and disadvantaged young people and children, and to communicate changes in a timely manner with key supporters, donors and the wider community.
We continue to work with the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) to partner with young people across existing and new programs with a focus on preventing involvement with the justice system. Our recent funding success of $300,000 with the DJCS to support a Youth Crime Prevention project/program reflects our ongoing commitment to working with the Department to drive better outcomes for at-risk young people.
The Chaplaincy program was established in 1989 in response to the need for relational support for the young people who found themselves incarcerated at Malmsbury. Through our valuable partnership with God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club (GSCMC), we were able to employ their members during this entire period, who provided unique, dare we say, cool, Chaplains who provided relational support as well as amusement with their annual Bike Show.