Taking the initiative on ideas for new youth space
WORK on Monto Neighbourhood Centre’s new youth space is almost complete, and community members will get to have a say on what to do with it.
On September 21, residents in the area, particularly young people, can come down to the ExcelCare Centre on 7 Huxley Street and share ideas.
ExcelCare Youth worker Nadine Smith said she was hoping to be surprised by what people came up with.
“We want youth to be able to take pride and ownership over the space,” Mrs Smith said.
“We’re open to the unexpected, I want them to throw that at me.”
The centre has had the shed for a while, and has been planning on converting it into a group space for quite a while.
ExcelCare applied for a $35,000 development grant to go towards insulation, furniture and general structural work for the shed.
The planning will focus on details such as paint colour and decoration, as well as entertainment for the area and possible functions that could be held there.
“We’ve got some old video games like Nintendo 64 and Playstation 1, but we’re looking at getting more modern ones,” Mrs Smith said.
Freelance builder Adrian Smith said most of the structural work would be finished by the time of the meeting, leaving decorative work like painting left to do.
The shed has been partitioned to allow for two different spaces.
“We’re keeping the partition so two different groups can run simultaneously if they want,” Mrs Smith said.
The meeting will be from 3.30pm to 4.30pm and pizza will be supplied.
For more information, call 4331 7650.
INPUT WANTED: ExcelCare youth worker Nadine Smith is looking forward to hearing creative ideas for the new Monto Neighbourhood Centre youth space.