Fusion Western Sydney program bringing youth together in Willmot

“Build people up. Help people grow. Because people matter.”

That motto has echoed through Willmot Community Hub since Fusion Western Sydney moved in this year.

Youth engagement program Fusion Willmot is about to wrap up its second term at the hall on Carteret Avenue, and coordinator Jake Nauta has marvelled at how quickly kids have taken to it.

“There’s a real sense of community forming,” Mr Nauta said.

“We recognised the need of youth in the area.

“When we started we had no idea what it would look like. It’s been quite a surprise to see how well it’s done.”

About 30 kids aged between 12 and 17 meet at the hub every Thursday afternoon during the eight-week program.

Youth workers take them through a range of activities from Masterchef-style cook-offs to team building exercises.

“The hub were looking for someone to come in and run an early intervention program,” Mr Nauta said.

“The kids are getting to know us, and we’re getting to know them.

“There’s a culture forming here and it’s a really positive one.”

This Thursday the program will round out with a free outdoor movie night.

Families are encouraged to bring along chairs, pillows and blankets with free food to be provided.

Gates open at 4pm with screening of the film Trolls to start at 6pm.

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