On Saturday 24 March 2018, Youth Off The Streets held the Take It To The Streets festival at the Amphitheatre in Wiley Park, Sydney showcasing diverse cultural performances,  foods, games and entertainment.

The festival provided the community and local young people with a chance to connect with community services and have fun while doing it.

The event highlighted the positive aspect of bringing the community together and creating a sense of social belonging.

Father Chris Riley believes that the event was a great success in bringing the Canterbury Bankstown community together.

“I am very proud of my all Muslim team in Bankstown and I think they have developed a great event,” he says. “Youth Off The Streets is always looking for new ways to bring the communities we work in closer together and this event provided the opportunity to do so. We have great connections in this area and we hope all attendees enjoyed the day.”

There were many highlights of the day. Local performers from different cultures graced the stage and delivered some wonderful performances.

The silent disco was a fan favourite, with many young people dancing with headphones on.

A games van provided some consoles and video games for young people and a lot of the kids enjoyed laser tag.

Festival attendees at Wiley Park Amphitheatre

This was the first Take It To The Streets festival and Youth Off The Streets are looking to run more in the future.

The funding for the festival was provided by the NSW Government, with support from the City of Canterbury Bankstown.

Youth Off The Streets is about helping young people to discover greatness within, by engaging, supporting and providing opportunities to encourage and facilitate positive life choices.

Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for disadvantaged young people who may be homeless, drug dependent and/or recovering from abuse. They support young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal trauma such as neglect, physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse.

Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency offering a full continuum of care through delivery of a wide range of services.