Book club first ac­tiv­ity at Hut

What else would youth like?

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

Cromwell’s new youth worker Amy Philip wants the town’s young­sters to ‘‘think big’’. ‘‘I love see­ing teenagers reach out and achieve their dreams,’’ she says. ‘‘A lot of peo­ple are too scared to think big in case they fail, but I think they should just do it and I’ll sup­port them as much as I can.’’ The mother of three young chil­dren has been in her new role for a month and said she was pas­sion­ate about teenagers. Al­though she has no for­mal train­ing as a youth worker, she re­alised how much she loved work­ing with teenagers dur­ing her time work­ing as a teacher aide and IT tech­ni­cian at Cromwell Col­lege. She al­ready has lots of new ideas and ini­tia­tives in mind and is keen for the youth cen­tre – The Hut – to of­fer teenagers more ac­tiv­i­ties and things to do rather than just be­ing purely a drop in cen­tre. Next month, a youth book club will be­gin which Mrs Philip de­cided to in­tro­duce af­ter a group of teenagers asked for it. Be­fore she in­tro­duces any more new ini­tia­tives she was car­ry­ing out re­search to see what it was the youth ac­tu­ally wanted. Mrs Philip said al­though the youth cen­tre had faced some is­sues in the past, it was still a pop­u­lar place, with 425 young peo­ple us­ing it last month. As well as spend­ing time at the youth cen­tre, Mrs Philip also spends two lunchtimes a week at the two pri­mary schools. ‘‘It’s im­por­tant to get to know the pri­mary school kids so when they come to The Hut when they’re older; we’ve al­ready es­tab­lished a re­la­tion­ship.’’ Mrs Philip is also a mem­ber of the stu­dent coun­cil at Cromwell Col­lege and has joined the Blue Light com­mit­tee.

Photo: EMMADAWE

Ex­cited: New Cromwell youth worker Amy Philip is is look­ing for­ward to in­tro­duc­ing more ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple.

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