Skills train­ing be­ing served up to youth

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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