Skills training being served up to youth
With summer well and truly here Starfish Social Services has kicked off the summer day camp programme for youth in the community.
This is an opportunity for those looking for holiday fun to learn some new ‘‘life skills’’ and take part in activities and adventures.
For three weeks in December and three weeks in January, morning life skill sessions will run between 10am and 12pm and the afternoon activities from 2pm to 4pm at various locations around town.
Organiser Jono Bay said the life skills morning programme will look at teaching youth new and exciting things that they can either take home with them on the day or new skills that can prepare them for the future.
In the afternoons there will be activities based from places including the skatepark, Matamata pools, Starfish and Lake Karapiro.
‘‘This is the first time we have done something like this for teenagers, but if it works out well we will do it again next summer,’’ he said.
Starfish generally works with at-risk youth but Mr Bay said this programme is for everyone in the community.
Last Thursday a group was at the Pancake House learning to cook pancakes for their friends as part of the life skills morning programme.
This week they are doing sport, a car wash, clay bird shooting, along with barista training and much more.
The month will be rounded off with a Christmas Disco on Thursday, December 22.
After the Christmas break, Summer Day Camp will start back up on Tuesday, January 9, three days a week for three weeks.
Programmes are open to student’s years 7 to 13 and they can sign up at Starfish Social Services prior to programme.
For more information and contact details turn to page 39.
Breakfast: Justice pours the batter at the Pancake House.
New skills: Angel helps to make the pancakes.