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Youngsters have say on YMCA development

Friday, 21st July, 2017

Airlie Ball (3) with her sister Sierra (6) at the consultation for children and young people held at the YMCA on Wednesday. Their mother, Lindsey, said the girls visit the YMCA every chance they can get. She said Sierra had started Born to Move classes and loved them. “We take up any opportunity to come here, it’s a very family friendly centre” Airlie Ball (3) with her sister Sierra (6) at the consultation for children and young people held at the YMCA on Wednesday. Their mother, Lindsey, said the girls visit the YMCA every chance they can get. She said Sierra had started Born to Move classes and loved them. “We take up any opportunity to come here, it’s a very family friendly centre”

For the development of the new YMCA Hub, people have said they would like it to offer after-school activities.

The YMCA held a consultation for children and young people on Wednesday to help find out how they can develop their Integrated Wellness Centre.

“The community is extremely pleased at the opportunity presented to YMCA NSW by the NSW government through the provision of this grant funding,” YMCA Centre Manager Shane Simmons said. 

“Stakeholders and community members alike are keen to see the new facility provide opportunities for families to access affordable and healthy activities.

“High on the agenda has been the need to provide safe and accessible activities for young people. 

“The feedback included the addition of after-school recreational activities that are inclusive, safe and affordable. 

“There’s also been great support for wellness programs, especially those that promote positive mental health.”

Other workshops will be held to help inform everyone of the design and functionality of the $4.59 million redevelopment of the YMCA Broken Hill, which has been majority funded by the NSW Government through the Restart NSW Resources for Regions program. 

YMCA NSW CEO Leisa Hart said it will help provide wellness and health support in the community.

“This fantastic redevelopment project will transform the Broken Hill YMCA and provide much needed health and wellness support to the Broken Hill community,” she said.

“The YMCA NSW is committed to country communities as we believe everyone deserves the same access to quality health, wellbeing and fitness services, no matter where they live.”

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