Banking on support for unique arts drop-in program for local youth

Lining up for more: From left, Daniel Potter and Cathy Nisbet (Shopfront); Emma Kauter, Chantelle Francisco and Kevin Ayres of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.
Lining up for more: From left, Daniel Potter and Cathy Nisbet (Shopfront); Emma Kauter, Chantelle Francisco and Kevin Ayres of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

 St George youth who participate in Shopfront Arts Co-op’s Continuous Lines program can now bank on it continuing for the foreseeable future thanks to a last-minute donation.

The Continuous Lines program helps young people with mental and emotional health needs to express themselves artistically.

When the future of the Continuous Lines program in Carlton became uncertain, Shopfront Arts Co-op reached out to Emma Kauter, Branch Manager of Bexley Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.

“The bank stepped in this month and has donated $5,000 which will ensure that local young people will still be able to attend the only weekly arts drop-in of its kind in Sydney,” Shopfront’s development manager, Cathy Nisbet said.

“Since 2014 Continuous Lines has been a safe space for young people, no-pressure program that is inclusive and a welcoming space for those with mental and emotional health needs.

“At Continuous Lines, Young People express themselves creatively while working with professional artists across a range of art forms.

“It is so important that we can provide a space and place for Young People to express their creativity and to connect. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Bexley Community Branch, Shopfront will be able to run this vital program for another six months.”

Bexley Community Bank branch manager, Emma Kauter said the bank is proud to be sponsoring Shopfront Arts Co-Op and in particular, their Continuous Lines Project.

“We absolutely love the support the organisation provides to Young People in the community.

“Bendigo Bank has a unique banking model that allows us to contribute up to 80 per cent of our profits back to the community in grants, sponsorships and donations.”

Continuous Lines runs Tuesdays during term time from 3.30pm to 6.30pm for Young People aged 14 years and over.

The program is free and afternoon tea is provided. Shopfront is at 88 Carlton Parade, Carlton. For more information, visit www.shopfront.org.au or call 9588 3948.

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