Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Youth hubs now operating

- ~ Anna McGuinness

A new pop-up youth hub is coming to Moama on Friday as part of Murray River Council’s youth engagement program (YEP).

The Y-Hubs will offer inclusive and judgement-free spaces for youth aged 12 to 17 to connect, make friends and learn.

Moama is set to host its first Y-Hub session on Friday, October 15 and will run fortnightl­y, while similar programs in Barham and Moulamein launched last week.

“These inclusive, supervised spaces are designed to appeal to a broad range of interests, while providing valuable opportunit­ies for young people to connect and lead in their community,” Mayor Chris Bilkey said.

“Our youth engagement program is all about encouragin­g young people to get involved in community life and come up with the ideas that will help us deliver new initiative­s within the community; and the Y-Hubs are another great platform for this.

“At a time when our young people have had to remain socially isolated, it is a great opportunit­y for them to attend and start to connect with new people again.”

The Y-Hubs will run from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm and will be supervised by the council’s youth engagement staff, offering a range of activities, including games, music, PS4s, art supplies and more.

All activities will be run in accordance with COVID-safe rules and transport options will be available for youth from other towns too.

Council is also calling on volunteers to help facilitate the Y-Hubs in Moama, Barham and Moulamein.

“If you’re aged 18-25, available on Friday afternoons, happy to undertake all relevant checks and have a passion for helping your community then please get in touch,” Cr Bilkey said.

The Y-Hub will be held at Moama Community Centre at 1-3 Martin St fortnightl­y on Fridays.

The Barham Y-Hub will be held at Barham Recreation Reserve Pavilion, with the next session being next Friday, October 22.

The Moulamein Y-Hub will be at the Community Services Office weekly on Fridays.

For more informatio­n on the youth engagement program or volunteeri­ng, phone Elisha on 0427 736 094 or Karen on 0429 991 841.

 ?? Photo by Steve Huntley. ?? ■ Murray River Council youth engagement officers Elisha Stephens and Sharon Lowe.
Photo by Steve Huntley. ■ Murray River Council youth engagement officers Elisha Stephens and Sharon Lowe.

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