CLARENCE Youth Services has re-started many of its programs after COVID-19 put a halt to face-to-face interactions earlier this year.
The drop-in centre is now open to all every Monday afternoon and is home to new eight-ball and air hockey tables.
Clarence Youth Services has operated from the youth centre in Rokeby for more than a decade, providing space for the qualified youth workers, as well as a ‘drop-in’ centre and workshop.
During the COVID-19 lockdown when the drop-in centre had to close to the public, the time was used to modernise the space to support young people in this new, more tech-savvy era.
The space has been rearranged and some furniture updated to make it more comfortable for young people wanting a place to hang out.
“City of Clarence Youth Services plays a crucial role in our community, and the new team are making new and different connections which are very beneficial for the community at large,” Clarence City Council’s Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Youth Advisory Committee Heather Chong said.
“It’s great to see the programs re-opening and I hope young people and parents will take advantage of all they have to offer.”
There is a workshop program currently operating on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through a referral process from interested schools, providing an opportunity for students to learn life-skills with a more hands-on approach.
The workshop is equipped with both specialised tools and has facilitators available to allow students an alternative way of learning with wood and metal.
The program also incorporates some theory work in a less structured manner than a classroom environment.
The workshop program is fully supervised and is only open to young people (students) through school administration.
The return of the ‘Bike, Beats and BBQ’ program is also expected to be popular again this term, where young people can bring along an old bike and learn how to repair or restore it.
People can also just tuck into some freshly cooked barbecue and relax if they prefer.
Bayview College grade seven student Ella Batchelor has been a regular attendee at the bike shed where she said she’d enjoyed building bikes and learning new skills.
“I’ve worked with bikes before at home, but I like coming here and using the different tools,” she said.
The recent school holiday program for older students had great attendance with a revamped approach due to COVID-19.
As activities and excursions were not possible, the program instead visited different communities in Clarence by ‘hall hopping’.
The Youth Services team is now brainstorming ideas for the next school holiday program and is looking for suggestions.
For more information on these or other programs and facilities on offer from the Clarence City Council Youth Services, phone 03 6247 1230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Ella Batchelor, 12, of Rokeby has been enjoying learning new skills at the ‘Bikes, Beats and BBQ’ program run by the Clarence City Council Youth Centre.