Commemorating Remembrance Day

As part of the 2018 Remembrance Day commemorations, a group of 12 young people connected to the Caboolture Youth Justice Service Centre helped set up a spectacular display at the Burpengary War Memorial.

Caption: Young people connected to the Youth Justice Centre helped to put together this display.

The project, started by the War Memorial Committee in Burpengary, aimed to have members of the community donate 5000 crocheted poppies to create a display that marked the centenary anniversary of the Armistice.

They were overwhelmed with support and ended up tripling their goal, receiving more than 15,000 crocheted poppies for the display.

Transitional officers at the Caboolture Youth Justice Service Centre saw the opportunity to work alongside the committee and get young people involved in the project. They designed a four-week program to work in conjunction with their community service program, and also used the project as a therapeutic intervention for at-risk young people.

Throughout the four weeks, the group of young people worked on the display, setting it up at the memorial ahead of Remembrance Day services.

They also had the opportunity to meet veterans who spoke to them about their experiences serving and what impact that had in their lives.

Young people and staff work to put together the large display of crocheted     poppies at the Burpengary War Memorial.

April, the transitional officer who helped to organise the project, said a significant moment for her was seeing the young people engage with the stories and feel proud about their contribution to the day.

“The project had such a positive effect on the community, people were coming up to us when we were setting up and asking what we were doing,” April said.

“The young people were also extremely proud of their contribution, and it help connect them back to their community in a really positive way.”

The team hope they can run this program next year, providing more young people the chance to give back to their community.

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