Vinnies’ treat for youth
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.