Youth voices wanted for headspace group ‘YRG’

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency Issues - By DARCEE NIXON

AP­PLI­CA­TIONS are now open for headspace Dubbo’s 2019 Youth Ref­er­ence Group (YRG), and young peo­ple aged 12 to 25 years with an in­ter­est in lo­cal youth is­sues are en­cour­aged to ap­ply.

Young peo­ple with a pas­sion for men­tal health can use this op­por­tu­nity to help shape the headspace mes­sage and ser­vices in Dubbo and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Headspace be­lieves youth par­tic­i­pa­tion is crit­i­cal to the de­liv­ery of qual­ity ser­vices for young peo­ple. YRG mem­bers guide the devel­op­ment and re­view of pro­grams, and are di­rectly in­volved in cam­paigns and events, me­dia op­por­tu­ni­ties, so­cial me­dia, re­search projects, peer sup­port, men­tor­ing and a much more.

“Be­ing a part of the Youth Ref­er­ence Group is a chance for young peo­ple to cre­ate projects and cam­paigns about is­sues they are pas­sion­ate about, in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment,” Headspace Dubbo Youth and Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Co­or­di­na­tor Amy Mines said.

"We work with all mem­bers to fos­ter their goals and teach them new skills in ar­eas they want to de­velop.

“We are look­ing for rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Abo­rig­i­nal and/or Torres Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­ni­ties, mem­bers of the LGBTIQA+ com­mu­nity, young peo­ple who have mi­grated to Aus­tralia and are liv­ing in Dubbo, young men par­tic­u­larly be­tween ages 18-25, and young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties or lived ex­pe­ri­ence with men­tal health. headspace is an all-in­clu­sive ser­vice and we want to make sure that there is a voice for as many young peo­ple in our com­mu­nity as pos­si­ble,” Ms Mines told Dubbo Photo News.

To ap­ply, forms are avail­able from headspace Dubbo, 23 Church Street, near the ro­tunda. Or, you can jump onto the headspace Dubbo face­book page and send them an in­box with your email ad­dress so that they can send a form to you.

Headspace gets in­volved in many com­mu­nity events, in­clud­ing the Nar­romine Youth Day Out. The Youth Ref­er­ence Group or­gan­ised a Colour Run. PHO­TOS: HEADSPACE DUBBO

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