Scot MacDonald
5th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced House with No Steps will receive $43,369 to deliver ‘House Force’.

The ‘House Force’ project will develop a skilled volunteer workforce. Young people with disabilities will gain the required skills and experience to secure paid employment.

Mr MacDonald said the Youth Opportunities grants program removes barriers preventing young people to fully participate in the community.

“I am proud to support this grass-roots project that will build confidence in local youth, provide training and benefit the whole community,” Mr MacDonald said. 

“Funding provided to House with No Steps will have a lasting impact on local youth and will inspire them to reach their goals,”

Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams, said more than $1 million had been provided to 29 youth-led projects across NSW.

“The projects selected will upskill young people to provide them with greater opportunities for employment,” Mr Williams said.

“It will encourage youth to consider careers and further training in a number of sectors, including hospitality, events planning or media.”

Rob Watkins, Executive Director of Support Services at House with No Steps, said the for-purpose organisation is grateful for the support.

“We exist to help people with a disability live a great live. Our ‘House Force’ project is all about ensuring young people with a disability gain the skills and experience they need to get them job-ready,” Mr Watkins said.

“It’s the first year we’ve been able to offer ‘House Force’ in the Hunter and we’re looking forward to it becoming a staple.”

Youth Opportunities grants program provides one-off grants of up to $50,000 to local government and non-government organisations.

Since 2012, more than $9 million has been allocated to 177 youth projects.

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