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Services rally for Youth Week

Tuesday, 17th April, 2018

(From left) headspace’s Service and Community Development Officer Tahlia Kerin with Mission Australia Support Workers Karen Reinhardt, Rahel Boon and Gaye Blight getting ready for the Youth Fun Day tomorrow. (From left) headspace’s Service and Community Development Officer Tahlia Kerin with Mission Australia Support Workers Karen Reinhardt, Rahel Boon and Gaye Blight getting ready for the Youth Fun Day tomorrow.

A fun day at Sturt Park will be held tomorrow to promote Youth Week.

For National Youth Week (which runs until April 22) and to mark Youth Homelessness Matters Day (Wednesday), Mission Australia’s Broken Hill services and other local services will join together to host a fun day at Sturt Park near the skate ramp.

The other local services include headspace, YMCA, PCYC, Rotary, Salvation Army, Lifeline, Child & Family Health, Centacare, Youth Council, Health, Far West Community Legal Service, Maari Ma, St Johns, Family Referral Service   

Between 10am and 2pm, visitors will be treated to a free barbecue, activities for children, young people and families and visitors will have an opportunity to access information about the local services and supports available to local young people and their families. 

The event is sponsored by Coles.

Mission Australia Program Manager, Gina Dellar said the day aims to highlight the range of supports and programs available to local young people.

It will also be an opportunity for young people experiencing homelessness or who might be at risk of homelessness to access information about available services and supports.  

“It’s concerning that one of Mission Australia’s Youth Surveys showed that one in seven young people are at risk of homelessness,” Ms Dellar said. 

“While we do see some young people sleeping rough in Broken Hill, we also know that many are also couch surfing because they believe they can’t return home. Without the right local support, this can lead to long term homelessness.

“Here in Broken Hill, Mission Australia are committed to providing the right supports for local young people and we are working hard on our broader goal to halve youth homelessness by 2020.”

At the event, Mission Australia will also be encouraging young people aged 15-19 to participate in their annual Youth Survey. 

To take part in the survey, go to www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey. 

The survey closes on 31 July 2018, with results to be released in late November.

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