Youth Worker, Manager
Paul has worked with BOP since November 2015. He brings to the role of youth worker a wide range of experience in youth and family services, including in accommodation, disability and medical settings. He is well placed to provide flexible and holistic services to young people. Paul holds a Master of Social Work, a degree in psychotherapy as well as qualifications in Fitness Instruction.
Youth Work Assistants
BOP employs youth work assistants to work on the Patrol Bus and help keep the environment safe for everyone. Many of them are local residents who put their street knowledge and local networks to good use in the role.
BOP was established in 1978 to support young people in their own environments. It was originally constituted as “Waverley Detached Youth Work Organisation”. One aim of the organisation on establishment was to support the development of an autonomous style of street youth work independent of structured youth and welfare programs.
In 1991 the organisation was incorporated as an Association under the name of “Bondi Community Street Project”.
In 2015, the name of the organisation was changed to “Beaches Outreach Project” (BOP) to reflect the broader spread of the organisation’s reach across the eastern beaches area of Sydney.
The name has changed, but what has not changed has been the focus on working with young and other vulnerable people in the public environment, independent of structured youth and welfare programs.
It is this focus and independence that enables BOP to operate flexibly and responsively to the needs of young people.
Meet the board
Paul Johnson – Chair
Paul is a solicitor, and has over 25 years of experience in criminal law at Legal Aid NSW. Currently Paul is a senior solicitor at Legal Aid head Office. Paul lives in Bondi, and has three children – who are getting almost old enough to hop on the BOP Bus!
Dalia Pisk – Secretary
Dalia is a Social Worker who has worked with adolescents in educational and medical contexts, as well as with Centrelink. This experience, as well as her enthusiasm for linking with others in the community, informs her work with the Board. Dalia lives in Coogee.
Louise Mulroney – Treasurer
Louise has had a long association with BOP having been involved at its inception. Louise currently works with the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies and brings knowledge of child and family issues, as well as her bookkeeping skills, to her role on the Board. Louise lives in Maroubra.
Anna Kerridge – Vice Chair
Anna is passionate about serving the community in which she lives. Anna currently works in the investment banking sector and brings her administrative skills to the Board. Anna lives in Coogee.
DADIRAI (DEE) VINE
Dee is a social worker currently working as a caseworker with at risk children and their families. She has over ten years experience working with young people in the Eastern suburbs. Dee lives in Randwick.