Off the Rails

Off the Rails, funded by the Western Australia Police Force is a Diversionary Program that aims to reduce anti-social behaviour on the Armadale train line and stop young people travelling into the City by providing them with something to do on weekend nights.

Young people identified at risk are collected from known trouble spots and taken to Gosnells PCYC where they are provided with a health meal and the opportunity to take part in sport and recreational activities, then dropped home.

The Gosnells Program has resulted in a reduction in children on the street, including the surrounding suburbs of Armadale and Kelmscott.

Thanks to collaboration and input from the Western Australia Police Force and local stakeholders, Off the rails was modified until it became an effective program for the local community. The outcomes justified the need for an ongoing safeSPACE Program at Gosnells and the Program was expanded to multiple nights at the Centre.

The program has seen great results in reducing antisocial behavior and offending amongst participants and has seen an increase in the number of young people (who are known or potential offenders) re-engaging with education and the community.