Youth and family services is here to give young people and their families the opportunity to try new things, meet new people, and actively participate in a variety of programs, activities and events within their local community. The Youth and Family Services broad objective is to link young people, families and the community together to "Build, Strengthen and Encourage".
Youth Activities Services
Youth Activities Services (YAS) work together with young people to plan, organise and experience a wide range of exciting activities, committee run programs, music and sporting events that are responsive to the needs and wants of youth in the community. All young people are encouraged to participate and are offered the support and assistance they may need to operate and co-operate within a group. The YAS recognises that young people have many different interests, and thus tries to organise activities that appeal to a number of different people. The YAS focuses on promoting a safe, secure and non-discriminatory environment in which activities are run.
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A new designated youth space was opened in the Central Goldfields Shire on Wednesday 11 April, 2018.
The new dedicated youth space, located in the Nolan Street gym in Maryborough, is welcome news for our youngest residents who now have a physical space to get to together, meet friends and access youth related services.
The new space has been made possible thanks to $10,000 from the Commbank Foundation Centenary Grants Program.
The new space is a safe place for our young people to participate in activities, chat to friends, meet new people and access information. The new space also provides free WIFI, food, games, computers and art and craft supplies.
Our Youth Worker Penny Wilson is based on site to provide support and services to young people when needed.
The new Central Goldfields Shire Engage! Youth Space will be open Monday to Thursday from 3 to 5pm.
The Engage! Program enables young people aged 12-25 to actively participate in civic, skills building, and economic pathway activities in the local community. It provides young people with the opportunity to have a greater connection to and active participation in their local community, build skills and knowledge, promote pathways to employment, training and education, improve health and wellbeing and social connections to friends, family and the community.
Our after school programs include youth committees such as M.A.D Youth Productions (developing short films), the FReeZA Committee Amplify Productions, Tomorrow's Leaders Today (TLT) and various other activity groups that are always open to new members and free to join!
The Youth Committees bring young people together to discuss things that need to be improved for young people living in Maryborough, Talbot, Carisbrook, Bealiba, Timor, Dunolly and surrounding areas. This could be something like working on developing a skate-park, organising a disco, or changing the way young people are treated in the streets. If you would like to join a Youth Committee contact Penny Wilson. Alternatively, if you, or a group of friends have a new idea for a project or group, Penny would love to hear about it, so drop into the Youth and Family Services office, situated on Nolan Street at the old school in Maryborough anytime.
Amplify Productions is our local FReeZA Committee, comprising of young people aged between 12 and 25. FReeZA is a program that offers young people a chance to organise drug, alcohol and smoke-free events for young people within the Central Goldfields Shire region, such as annual events like "Battle of the Bands" and The New Years Eve Celebration. Amplify Productions can also offer young budding performers a platform to launch their musical careers. Members meet weekly and play an active role in organising everything associated with running an event, including booking local and national bands, sound and lighting, advertising and promotion. The committee makes all of the decisions about what sort of gigs to put on, whether to have live bands, DJs or something different. Amplify Productions provides a great opportunity for young people to build their skills around communication, leadership and teamwork, and most importantly, to be recognised for their achievements. We are always after new members, so if you think this sounds like fun, contact Penny.
Teenage School Holiday Program activities are also run by Youth and Family Services during every school holiday break. All of the activities are fully supervised and offered to young people aged between 11 and 18 at a low cost to you. We provide loads of fun activities such as trips to Melbourne, ice-skating, go-carting, skateboard coaching, rock climbing and much more! The School Holiday Program is different each school holidays and we welcome ideas from you so let us know if there is something you would like to do!
Got a question? Need someone to talk to? Whether it is specific information you are after, you need support with a problem, want to chat about issues affecting youth, or simply have an idea for something that would be great in our community, Penny is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or she can always refer you onto the right person to talk to.
The Family Liaison Service works with young people and their families to offer support, information and referral to other specialist services where necessary in a safe and confidential environment. The Family Liaison Service can provide information about health, education, and family issues, as well as brief counseling or family mediation. This service is flexible, free, informal and confidential. The broad objective of the Family Liaison Service is to encourage open and responsive communication between young people and their families.
For more information about any of the above services, contact Penny on the details below.
Phone: (03) 5461 0614
Fax: (03) 5461 0666
Mobile: 0417 600 148