How did Project SAUL start?

Project SAUL is an initiative of Steve Neuhaus and was started in June 1995 with a pilot 5 day programme run near Wee Jasper in NSW to assist youth who have been coming to Police notice in Canberra's Tuggeranong Valley.

Steve, who at the time was a member of the Tuggeranong Police Bicycle Patrol, noticed a need for the Police to do something constructive for the youth of the Valley. He persuaded his partner in the Bicycle Patrol, Bob Cameron and a number of other Police Patrol Officers and friends to assist him with this programme. The youth were initially nominated by Police Officers, but now Parents, Police Officers, School Teachers, Social Workers and Friends who are seeking assistance for the youth at-risk nominate them.

The name SAUL was chosen, as Saul was a person who persecuted Jewish Christians in Biblical times and then changed suddenly and dramatically and became St Paul, probably the greatest Theologian the Christian Church has ever known. The name is used to symbolise the radical and total change that people can undergo if they wish to and are willing to put in the effort to turn around.

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