String of events for our re­gion dur­ing ex­tended Youth Week

Dubbo Photo News - - Front page - By YVETTE AUBUS­SON-FO­LEY

MEM­BERS of the Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil Youth Coun­cil have been busy co­or­di­nat­ing NSW Youth Week events for Dubbo and Wellington.

Most of them are at NSW Par­lia­ment House to­day (Thurs­day, April 12), rep­re­sent­ing our city’s young peo­ple at the Youth Week 2018 Fo­rum. Join­ing them are about 140 youth from around the state to work­shop and doc­u­ment an­swers to ques­tions about youth in NSW, posed by gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and de­ci­sion mak­ers.

Pic­tured clock­wise from bot­tom front are Emily O’dea, Sharika-mar­rie Howard, Phoenix Aubus­son-fo­ley, Darcee Nixon, Lee Hilder, Heather Bran­don and Re­becca Mcma­hon.

NSW Youth Week 2018 is in full swing now un­til April 24 with fun ac­tiv­i­ties planned for both Dubbo and Wellington.

A Fri­day the 13th disco, Dubbo parkrun bar­be­cue break­fast, mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion, hump day in­for­ma­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties, trivia, fam­ily fun Olympics, Sportz­ma­nia, and a four-hour fes­ti­val on Wed­nes­day, April 18, in Dubbo called Same-same-dif­fer­ent Youth Cel­e­bra­tion are all be­ing staged for the re­gion’s youth.

At the Same-same-dif­fer­ent cel­e­bra­tion, there’ll be mu­sic, an eight-me­tre, four-per­son rock climb­ing wall, Ar­row tag, a colour run, food and an open air cinema in the evening.

Open­ing just in time for the cel­e­bra­tions too, is some­thing a lit­tle more on the se­ri­ous side. A free all-ages ser­vice ded­i­cated to the pre­ven­tion and in­ter­ven­tion of post trau­matic men­tal health of­fi­cially launched on Wed­nes­day this week.

The H.O.P.E. Pro­gram based at the Dubbo Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre brought H.O.P.E. Cham­pi­ons, EX-NRL Player Dar­ren Hig­gins and the Broth­ers 4 Re­cov­ery team, to town to talk about their ex­pe­ri­ences and over­com­ing men­tal health and sub­stance abuse is­sues.

The H.O.P.E. Pro­gram is a team of lo­cal highly skilled clin­i­cians who are ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing trauma in­formed ser­vices to the Dubbo and re­gional com­mu­nity.

Trauma can arise from sit­u­a­tions in­clud­ing vi­o­lence, abuse, ac­ci­dents, work­place events, death, rob­bery, bul­ly­ing, ha­rass­ment and med­i­cal is­sues – to name a few.

The com­mu­nity re­sponse to the H.O.P.E. ser­vice in the first month has been over­whelm­ing, with over 70 peo­ple reach­ing out for in­di­vid­ual or fam­ily as­sis­tance. The team has also pro­vided a num­ber work­shops in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and pre­sented to lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

H.O.P.E. is open Mon­day to Fri­day with a range of op­tions, from in­di­vid­ual treat­ment to group pro­grams, as well as pro­fes­sional work­shops and clin­i­cal su­per­vi­sion.

Ap­point­ments can be made by call­ing the ser­vice on 1800 312 881 or by drop­ping into the of­fice at 1/80 Gipps Street Dubbo.

Youth Week 2018: What’s On Fri­day, April 13

6pm to 8.30pm – Fri­day 13th Disco, come in cos­tume, Winge­warra Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre – free

Satur­day, April 14

8am – Dubbo Parkrun bar­be­cue break­fast, Sandy Beach – free

10am – 2pm, PCYC Wellington Open Day – free

Tues­day, April 17

3pm to 5pm, The 5-step jour­ney to a job, TAFE Stu­dent Hub, Dubbo – free

6pm to 7pm, Mind­ful­ness Med­i­ta­tion, Dubbo Pipe Band Hall, gold coin do­na­tion

Wed­nes­day, April 18

All day, Hump Day, Dubbo Sex­ual Health, Headspace Dubbo and Fam­ily Plan­ning NSW 12 noon to 4pm, Same-same-dif­fer­ent Youth Cel­e­bra­tion, Dubbo Skate Park and ad­join­ing ovals – free

6pm, Cinema Un­der the Stars, “Cars 3” plus pop­corn and fairy floss (gold coin do­na­tion) – movie free

Thurs­day, April 19

All day, Hump Day, Dubbo Sex­ual Health, Headspace Dubbo and Fam­ily Plan­ning NSW 10am to 2pm, Wellington Youth Fun Day, Mac­quarie Re­gional Library carpark, Wellington – Free 5.30pm to 7pm, Mac­quarie Re­gional Library Trivia – Free

Fri­day, April 20

10am to 12 noon, Fam­ily Fun Olympics, Lu­nar Park, Cor­ner of Wheel­ers Lane and Myall Streets, Dubbo – Free

10am to 1pm, Sportz­ma­nia Dubbo In­door Sports and In­flat­able World, In­door Sports Cen­tre, Sher­a­ton Road, Dubbo – $5 per per­son

Tues­day, April 24

2pm to 4pm, Fast 4 Rolla Ball, Ken­nard Park, Wellington – Free

6pm, Cinema Un­der the Stars, Ken­nard Park, Wellington – Free

H.O.P.E. Pro­gram clin­i­cal direc­tor Ann-ma­ree Hart­ley and pro­gram man­ager Rachel Thomas. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

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