Send feed­back for ru­ral youth ser­vice

Young peo­ple re­liant on sup­port from ex­ter­nal ser­vices

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie

NORTH Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil is un­der­tak­ing a youth ser­vices sur­vey to bet­ter un­der­stand the state of youth ser­vices in the North Bur­nett.

The sur­vey will also iden­tify gaps and op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­hance­ment to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

Ru­ral youth ser­vices are op­er­ated by third-party or­gan­i­sa­tions who co-or­di­nate coun­selling, in­come sup­port and other youth ser­vices.

Monto Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre has been re­fur­bished to im­prove its ser­vices, and hired a new full-time ru­ral youth worker, Na­dine Smith.

Mrs Smith does in­di­vid­ual con­sul­ta­tions for young peo­ple in Monto and Eidsvold, ar­rang­ing sup­port via school pro­grams.

“Most of our young peo­ple out here are pretty much go­ing through school and do­ing what so­ci­ety tells them,” Mrs Smith said.

“Many years ago when I started do­ing youth work, we used to have to travel around a lot and link in with spe­cial­ity ser­vices; th­ese days it’s com­ing to us a lot more fre­quently.”

Cur­rently, most spe­cial­ity ser­vices avail­able for young peo­ple are ex­ter­nal.

Mrs Smith will make a sub­mis­sion to the coun­cil sur­vey and has en­cour­aged all young peo­ple as well as their par­ents to do the same.

The sur­vey can be un­der­taken on­line at north­bur­ tell-us-your-thoughts or via your school or li­brary.

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