Willmot is changing for the better.
This is according to Rap 4 Change’s Ned Narouz whose program works closely with Willmot Community Hub, and has become famous in the community for its creative way of breaking through to local youth.
Mr Narouz said his was just one of many groups that are sowing seeds for the future.
This is in response to recent reports in the media that Willmot was losing a war with the drug ice.
“It just seems that people want to believe the worst about the place, but there’s so much good work being done here too,” he told the Star. “The area has really picked up.
“I know that the teachers and principal at Willmot Public School are very hands on and do everything they can to give kids the best opportunities.
“What we and other groups want is to plant positive seeds. It’s about getting these kids engaged and telling them they can be something.”
Individuals are also doing their part to lift the spirits of residents in the 2770 postcode.
One man who has run a personal vendetta against the effects of drug use on the community is David Vincent.
Mr Vincent has worn a home-made t-shirt printed with the words ‘Don’t ice your children, love them’ at every given opportunity.
“The response I’ve received has been huge. I can’t count the number of people who have stopped me in the street to talk,” the Bidwill resident said.
“It’s been a bit emotional at times too. To hear some of the stories has been quite tough.
“OK there’s problems in our area, but there’s problems in every suburb. A lot of people are doing their best to change.”
Londonderry MP Prue Car said she was working with stakeholders to investigate ways of “addressing some very complex issues in the community”.
“Our police are doing an outstanding job with the resources they have and I would encourage anyone to contact the police if they believe they can assist with addressing criminal behaviour,” she said.
“I have always stood up for this community. I have met some incredible people who are dealing with very serious challenges.
“I will be fighting to ensure Willmot has access to better services and gets closer attention from the state government.”
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