Esperance Nyungar Aboriginal Corporation asks the community for help

WOOD WORKING: Henry Woods, William Flowers and Jeremy Shiel are keen to see the project continue. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
WOOD WORKING: Henry Woods, William Flowers and Jeremy Shiel are keen to see the project continue. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

For the past several months a woodworking project has resulted in big improvements in the lives of young people identified as 'at risk'.

Esperance Nyungar Aboriginal Corporation's (ENAC) 'pallet to furniture' project has seen improved school attendance and behaviour in general, but is set to run out of funding in a couple of weeks.

The program was funded through WA Police's Crime Prevention Fund and is unlikely to receive funding for an extension.

The corporation is asking businesses for sponsorship to save the program.

ENAC services manager Sandie Gillard said participants had been referred by Max Employment, Hope, the police and the Department of Justice, all of which had reported positive outcomes.

"They see such an incredible difference. One child comes from school and can attend the program as long as he goes to school and he has done that. He just loves the project," Mrs Gillard said.

The more word has spread, the more people have been enrolling in the program.

The corporation hopes to continue funding the program through business support, as it has done with previous projects.

"We would just keep running it with the funds we can get. It's been such a success that we've got three older ladies from the community that make cakes for the kids every Wednesday and bring them out," Mrs Gillard said.

Participant Jeremy Shiel, who has made various items including chairs, a table and chopping boards, wants the project to continue.

Jeremy said he enjoyed meeting other teenagers and adults through the project and it had inspired him to get into building.

"It gets you out and you learn new skills," he said.

Funding for the project has covered paying the mentor and carpenter, food and transport for participants who require it.

"It will be a shame for all the people who are now engaged to be disconnected," Mrs Gillard said.

"I think it's just one of those programs that if we can keep it going, it's going to help so many people."

Anyone interested in supporting the program is asked to contact ENAC on 9071 5823.