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Youth skills class strikes right chord

Wednesday, 15th December, 2010

Guitar student Cody Scarce, Community Support Worker Kate Semmens and guitar teacher Phil Lemay at Algate House yesterday Guitar student Cody Scarce, Community Support Worker Kate Semmens and guitar teacher Phil Lemay at Algate House yesterday

The city's young people are being invited to learn a few new skills at an open day tomorrow.

The day will be held at the Salvation Army's Algate House at 10:30am.

It is called 'Youth Recovery and Wellness' and is for youngsters between the ages of 14 and 19.

Participants will be invited to try their hand at activities such as cooking, woodwork, music, art and life skills.

Program co-ordinator, Raylene Radford, said the program enabled young people to learn new skills and build new friendships.

"I've had a lot of other services here say that this is an age group that needs programs to go to," Ms Radford said.

The music class has proven to be very popular with Cody Scarce, who is learning to play the guitar. 

"He's actually doing quite well," said his teacher, Phil Lemay. "Music is important for people of all ages, young people in particular," he said.

Funding is being provided by the My Time Project. This is funded through the Federal Government under the Mental Health Respite Program.

Ms Radford said referrals can be made through community organisations, health services or by self-referral. 

The open day will be held at Algate House, 633 Lane Street, and a free sausage sizzle will available.

Staff will also be there to answer any questions.

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