Vin­nies’ treat for youth

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Chil­dren in­volved in the new Vin­nies Youth Owned Learn­ing Cen­tre (YOLC) af­ter-school pro­gram were given a spe­cial school hol­i­day treat last month.

The nine chil­dren en­joyed an ex­cur­sion to Echuca where they spent time us­ing the in­ter­con­nected tram­po­lines, gi­ant air bag, dodge­ball area and bas­ket­ball lanes at Grav­ity Shack.

Vin­nies Ser­vices De­niliquin Re­con­nect case worker, Jemmah Con­allin said it was a lovely re­ward for the chil­dren’s sup­port and their great be­hav­iour since the pro­gram was launched for Term 3.

‘‘It was a re­ally great day and the kids said they had lots of fun. Most of them had not been to Grav­ity Shack be­fore,’’ Mrs Con­allin added.

The chil­dren were also treated to af­ter­noon tea in the park be­fore they made their way back to De­niliquin. Vin­nies started YOLC at the start of Term 3 to give youth the chance to do some­thing pro­duc­tive and fun af­ter school.

Mrs Con­allin said the pro­gram has been a huge suc­cess with many stu­dents at­tend­ing each day.

‘‘They can come over when­ever they like and are sup­ported to do home­work, craft projects, and we even do cook­ing to­gether,’’ she said.

The pro­gram is open to all lo­cal stu­dents, with trans­port home avail­able for those who need it.

Vin­nies Ser­vices De­niliquin will re­sume YOLC dur­ing Term 4. It runs Mon­days, Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days from 3pm to 4.45pm.

Any­one in­ter­est­ing in join­ing the pro­gram are in­vited to con­tact Vin­nies Ser­vices on 5881 7411.

(Back, from left) Ali­cia Smith, Kiah Ed­wards and Sha­niah Smith; (mid­dle) Sean Richards, Hay­ley Wal­ton, Shyanne Smith; (front) Jes­s­icca Hil­lier, Lacrista Biles and Shakitta Biles.

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